Meetings

Great Park Neighbourhood Association has a minimum of one open meeting per year, which is the AGM in April. The committee meet bimonthly and will arrange open meeting for all residents when issues arise which need everyone's involvement.
Minutes are posted up straight away, but not formally approved until the next meeting.

Meeting with Consortium and GP Co-ordinator 18th March 2019

Much awaited meeting with the Consortium Project Director/Managing Agent and the Communities GP co-ordinator. They each provided their own description of their roles and answered questions from the committee. Perhaps more significantly there is now much more clarity about channels of communication. You can read the fully story in the minutes but in summary it has been proposed that:
 
1) The existing advice to residents to report issues on the GP via the contact form on the consortium web site stands. At our request the consortium have implemented file uploads for photos and an immediate reply with a copy of what has been submitted. Residents are then free to retain and/or share this copy with us, GPAG and/or Anita Lower.
2) The issue list has not been updated recently because no one was there to do it, however Olly is currently working on an update and has agreed that monthly updates would be most helpful with additional ones in between if there is something important to share.
3) GPNA can raise issues directly with Olly, and he will correspond directly with us if there is information it would be helpful to share with residents. Such information will continue to be available on their web site too.
4) A new way of communicating via a quarterly meeting with NA/RA elected officers, the Project Director , Anita Lower and any council officers relevant to the agenda topics is to be trialled. The old RAs and more recently GPNA have pressed hard to be part of the meetings between the council and consortium, and this idea promoted by Anita Lower should put an end to meetings "behind closed doors". Olly also suggested that some written material is exhibited quarterly for residents who prefer to be informed that way.
 
Updates on the major areas of work were covered (please see minutes).
Olly confirmed he is the "Agent" for the management companies, and although time constraints meant no further discussion on this took place, GPNA do have plans to raise a number of concerns. If there is anything you want us to sayon this topic, please email us by the contact form or write a comment on our FaceBook page..

Monday, 18 March, 2019 - 19:30

Mixed business and development sessiom 14th Jan 2019

A mainky development session picking up on discussions last summer. We need more people and more skills!!

Monday, 14 January, 2019 - 19:30

Committee 26th November 2018

Regular meeting with presentation about the pros and cons of forming a co-operative.

Monday, 26 November, 2018 - 19:30

Committee 25th September 2018

Minutes below:

Tuesday, 25 September, 2018 - 19:30

Committee 7th August 2018

A regular committee meeting..
Minutes below:

Tuesday, 7 August, 2018 - 19:30

Committee 4th July 2018

A regular meeting which took forward the work of creating an effective group.

Wednesday, 4 July, 2018 - 19:30

First Committee 30th May 2018

At this first meeting those committee members present elected their officers, and made progress identifying priority areas of work.
Raising awareness and promotion of the GPNA was top of the list.
You can read the full minutes below:

Wednesday, 30 May, 2018 - 19:30

GPNA Opening Meeting

A good turnout and unanimous support for the larger GPNA at this meeting.
Agreed on the constitution, aims and objectives and priorities to take forward.
Volunteers for the committee recruited both at the meeting and subsequently from contact cards members filled in and left with the secretary.
This group will meet next and start to take forward the issues identified.
You can read the full minutes below:

Wednesday, 18 April, 2018 - 20:00

Changes to NGP Management

In case you hadn't heard, David Abercrombie has left his role as the sole Great Park Project Director and agent for the Management Companies. He has a new role with Taylor Wimpey still related to managing delivery of the Great Park infrastructure.  Day to day running of the Management Companies is now with Susan Cargill.
 
The existing officers of BGVRA and EMVRA have met with David Abercrombie and Susan Cargill who have explained some of the changes in how the GP management companies will be staffed and how this will impact on residents.
Just to make it clear for everyone, David Abercrombie's role was mainly as Infrastructure Project Director responsible for delivering the infrastructure and dealing with planning applications for the consortium. The secondary part of his role was as their appointed agent for the management companies and much of the day to day running of them. We are told that Susan Cargill is not a direct replacement for all of these functions. Her part time role will be confined to day to day running of the management companies, and infrastructure development will be divided between the builders, with David Abercrombie now working for Taylor Wimpey NE.
Susan Cargill is an ex council planner and has good knowledge of the site, but she will be responsible to a director from one of the builders who will be the Management Company agent as part of his role, expected to use one day a week of his time. It is expected that Susan Cargill will have an office at the GPCC, or failing that the town centre in order to be more accessible. The Brunton Lane office will be closed on grounds of cost and isolation. We are still to have the discussion with Susan, as to how she will engage with residents, but there are no plans for drop in sessions. We need to clarify if her role has anything to do with infrastructure delivery, as this is the basis for many residents' concerns, rather than purely management company issues. We also plan to set up a way of working with Newcastle City Council via the new GP co-ordinator. This is absolutely vital as the council are the only independent means of quality control across the whole GP site
All residents queries are now to be submitted via http://www.newcastlegreatpark.com/contact-3/
You can read the notes of the BGVRA meeting below. . ..

Tuesday, 20 February, 2018 - 18:00

AGM September 26th 7:45pm at the GPCC

This meeting had to be adjourned as there were only 6 out of the required 10 members present. The new date is October 18th, 7:30pm at the GPCC

Wednesday, 28 September, 2016 - 11:15

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