APRA Annual General Meeting 2018

This year’s APRA AGM will be held on 27th November in the Spicer Street Church hall at 8 pm. As on previous occasions, tea and coffee will be provided by the church staff beforehand (from 7.30 pm). We will start with a short presentation by Jane Parker from the Environment and Waste department of SADC, followed by questions.

One very important business item is a call for new Committee members. Sally Hickman is standing down, reducing the present Committee to seven. We very much need up to three new members, ideally including currently under-represented groups. No special skills are required, but an interest in our Conservation Area is. If you think you might help, please contact Secretary for further information.

You should have received a questionnaire from SADC about car parking permits. If you have replied to this, well done; if not we encourage you to do so as previous surveys have often failed to reach the threshold at which responders’ views need to be taken into account. The deadline is 4th November – the form can be completed on-line at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/permitpolicy

Another piece of news is that we are collaborating with the St Albans Civic Society and others to organize a day to celebrate the 50th anniversary of our Conservation Area. This will be on 6th July next year and will involve an afternoon of talks, an Exhibition (hopefully in the New Museum and Gallery) and an evening celebratory party. Kate Buckley has a major role in organising both the party and involvement of local schools (via competitions connected to Conservation) and she needs helpers Please contact kate@aprastalbans.org if you are able to volunteer for either of these.

We look forward to a good meeting – please bring a neighbour or two with you if you can!

Robert

 

 

Annual General Meeting 2017

Abbey Precincts Residents Association, Thursday 9 November 2017 at
Spicer Street Church hall, 7.30 pm
(Please bring a non-member or neighbour with you!)

Agenda

7.30 – 8.00 pm tea and coffee provided by the Church

Collection of subscriptions.

1. Welcome and Introduction

2. Old Town Hall to New Museum
John Allworth, Construction Manager for Willmot Dixon, will give a talk on the work going on behind the hoardings.

3. Report on the year’s activities
Car Parking – new Zone B. Experience with the new parking arrangements, outstanding issues and ongoing concerns.
Roads and Pavements, Planning matters, Environmental, Social Events, Website/Newsletter

4. Membership and Accounts, Appointment of Independent Examiner

5. Constitution (see note below)

6. Nomination and Election of new Committee members – see note below!!!

7. Open Discussion/AOB

WE NEED, EVEN MORE URGENTLY THAN BEFORE, NEW NOMINATIONS FOR THE COMMITTEE, OR APRA MAY FADE AWAY!
IF YOU THINK APRA IS OF VALUE PLEASE ACT ON THIS, BY 19 OCTOBER.
A short (eg, 3 sentences) statement of your interest and any special skills would be appreciated together with nomination by two members. If you need help with this please contact a committee member or your street rep. www.aprastalbans.org

Constitution
A draft new Constitution has been prepared and will be put to the AGM for discussion and approval. At the 2016 AGM Committee undertook to submit revisions to APRA’s existing Constitution (displayed on the website) in order to deal with technical problems that had become apparent in its implementation and a few inconsistencies, viz:
Clauses 5, 6 & 9 – rewritten as new Clauses 5 & 6 enabling re-election of Committee members and allowing them to allocate Officer roles as appropriate
Clause 16 on AGM setting fees deleted as it is already included, see new Clause 16(c)
Clause 19 (now 17) – notice period are increased to allow more time for nominations
Clause 21 (now 19) – simplified (no need for formal request for AGM business)
Clause 24 (now 22) – simplified procedure with no commitment to electronic voting
Clause 25 (now 23) – Committee given power to withhold membership, subject to appeal

Annual General Meeting and subscription renewal

The first APRA Annual General Meeting will be held at Spicer Street Church on 18 November – free tea/coffee and biscuits will be served from 7.30 pm and the meeting will start promptly at 8.00 pm.

Reports on the past year’s business and financial status will be presented and opened to discussion. We also hope that there will be a short presentation from the charity Transition Streets on how street-sized groups working together can achieve energy savings.

IMPORTANT – There will be three vacancies on the committee for the coming year and we are keen to find enthusiastic new members prepared to give some time to working with us. Nominations should name Proposer and Seconder and include a very brief (100 words or less) introduction to the nominee and their interest in APRA, which will be advertised to voters. The nominations must be sent to Secretary APRA, 13 College Street, AL3 4PW or by e-mail to secretary@aprastalbans.org to arrive by the deadline of 28 October. Electronic votes will be available for those who cannot attend the AGM, but only paid-up members for 2014/2015 can vote.

ALSO IMPORTANT – Membership subscriptions are due from 1st November – please join or renew now. (£5 per individual, £8 for two members in the same household, £10 for commercial bodies). New members should download and complete an application form, which also gives payment options; renewing members need do so only if their details have changed. Payment will also be accepted at the AGM on arrival.

 

Notice of IGM

8.00 pm Tuesday 12 November

Spicer Street Church

The first General Meeting of APRA shall conduct the following business:

1. Receive the Steering Group’s report on recent activities.
2. Adopt the Constitution
3. Elect Officers and Committee members
4. Appoint the Independent Examiner.
5. Agree subscriptions for the next year.
6. Transact any other relevant business.

Registration and refreshments available from 7.30 pm. Please come early to avoid delay.

If you cannot attend, please vote online.