We had an update on the local ReachOut! youth project (first reported here).
We met John Gow, the newly appointed “Community Builder” (see this post by Fred Wood for more information), who spoke about his past experiences, and his plans.
Andy Smith (QUVL) gave us the latest development news regarding the Community Centre (ETA August 14th), Sports Pavilion and facilities (ETA August 14th) and Phase II Shops and parking (ETA August 14th). He also announced that The Jehovah’s Witnesses will be taking on the local "Place of Worship" (plans are currently being approved). Finally, he mentioned that "Litter Pick Days" will continue and that – whilst it was recognised that some of the local Dog Bins may need to ne re-sited, the situation would be reviewed after adoption.
Representatives from the local Community Police said that they now hold local "Drop-In Sessions" at Coco Coffee Lounge (11am on the first Thursday of each month), and Tesco’s (sorry no further details)! They also spoke about the recent spate of house burglaries, reporting that these have occurred throughout Gloucester and were in no way limited to Kingsway. They went on to say that these have – in the main – been opportunists (rather than professional burglars), who have taken advantage of un-secured properties, and finished by offering crime prevention advice, and mentioning that they have responded with increased late-night patrols.
Joe Logan (KRA Chair) gave a review of our (KRA) activities in 2013, our finances and our plans for 2014.
There followed the normal "Q&A" session, fielding questions on a local medical centre, speeding buses, local rail station plans (or the lack of!), and we finished the meeting with Cllr Barry (Baz_k) Kirby requesting help to spend his "three pots of money", and Joe requesting that residents give us some input via a blog entry (here), relating to their respective thoughts toward the KRA, and it’s future within the village.
Lots going on! Be sure to read the minutes for the complete picture.