Broadband on The Great Park

We have received a message today from the new NGP Project Manager concerning broadband provision. It is good news! We are sure that everyone is very grateful to the enterprising resident who had lead on this project and worked so hard to get it off the ground. Also to Olly Thompson for getting behind it at this stage.

 

Talking to the Developers

Your representatives on the GPNA committee are due to meet the new Great Park Project Manager/Director Oliver Thompson in a couple of weeks. We want to make the most of this opportunity to talk about future communications with residents. So please let us know what is important to you and how you would like to see a constructive dialogue develop.

Annual Castle Ward Meeting

meeting poster

Safe Driving Notice

This is US!!  We are causing a problem for each other on the Great Park by driving too fast within the estate. It is not a new problem - a number of residents have been raising concerns about it for years, and there have been several near misses on crossings as well as pet fatalities. It is only a matter of time before a pedestrian is hit. Think how you would feel if you were driving.

Finally Some News!!

If you have been following our posts and/or reading our minutes, you will know we have been pressing the consortium since August 2018 to tell us who's who at the Project Office.

In true developer fashion, the management company directors have not had the courtesy to respond to us directly, but have used the Great Park community co-ordinator as a mouthpiece for their announcements, in addition to posting on their web site.

Ten Minute Rule Bill on Estate Charges

On Wednesday 14th Novemeber, Helen Goodman MP for Bishop Auckland presented a "Ten Minute Rule Bill" in parliament concerning estate charges. Although this type of bill is not often enacted, it is an important first step in getting the government to provide home owners with some protection. Ms Goodman presented her case with gusto and clarity and gained support from a large number of MPs from all parties, including Catherine McKinnell. The second reading will be in January.

Don't Shoot the Messenger!

Anita Lower, our ward councillor, has asked us to share this statement from the consortium from her meeting:
 

NGP Estate "Service" Charge

We don't know how many of you know about estate service charges, some will if they have bought on a new build estate in the past. There does seem to be a fair amount of misunderstanding about it, so we have put together this article, which we hope will prove useful.
 

Spine Road Construction Consultation

If you want to find out mre from the contractors we have recieved this message from the consortium via the communities team at the council:

GPNA on the Up!

A very positive and productive committee meeting has resulted in the election of officers and a plan to move forward.
The full minutes will be published soon - a brief summary of the plans agreed includes:
 

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