Annual General Meeting Summary
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On 4th April 2018, West Ewell and Ruxley Residents’ Association held their Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Webber Hall, All Saints Church. The AGM gives an opportunity for residents to hear from both the committee and local councillors, and to carryout committee meetings in accordance with the constitution.
Priorities For 2018/19
Our Chair could not make the AGM this year due to work commitments but did submit a note to be read. It touched briefly on the state of national political and the advantages of independent representation in local authorities. For more details see the Chairman’s Note from March 2018.
The Chair marked out his priorities for the year ahead:
- Increasing Membership
- Supporting and nominating Residents’ Association of Epsom and Ewell candidates for the 2019 Elections to retain independent representation in all six seats.
Our Chair touched on the commitment of committee members and officers. This was particularly evident in campaigning for Councillor Alex Coley in the Ruxley by-election earlier this year. the Chair also noted the committment fro two members in particular – Gill Smitheram (Treasurer) and Councillor Clive Smitheram – who over the years have played an invaluable role in securing indepent representation for our wards as well as their commitment to the community outside of WERRA.
We heard from 4 of councillors who all had contrasting reports. We will publish the full reports in due course however hearing all four consecutively was extremely powerful.
Councillor Jan Mason covered the issues that Surrey County Council are facing. We have all seen the extent of this, in particular the streetlights, libraries, tip charges and roads. Jan has fought hard and we are seeing a couple of road surfaces being improved in Ruxley Ward, but this is a bittersweet victory as these roads should have been done years ago. The thing that we aren’t hearing from Surrey is what they are doing to improve services – everything we are preently hearing is cut-cut-cut.
Councillor Barry Nash covered Epsom and Ewell Borough Council, in particular the Wellbeing Committee. The contrast with the Surrey County Council report was breath taking with EEBC areas actively improving services – weekly bin collection, improvements to the Longmead Centre, new routecall buses and refurbishment of local leisure facilities.
Councillor Clive Smitheram showcased the issues that Epsom and Ewell Borough Council have been facing as well as those in the future. Cllr Smitheram highlighted the work of Epsom and Ewell Borough Council to generate income in the face of cuts allowing the council to improve services. Next year Epsom and Ewell Borough Council is being told to return £625,000 to Central Government. This is the equivalent to 11% of our Council Tax contributions that will be redistributed across the country.
Election of Officers and the Committee
The Chair and Vice Chair remain the same with John Moffatt and Gary Kirchmair retain these roles respectively. Clive Smitheram was formally adopted as Treasurer having been co-opted at an earlier committee meeting. Gill Smitheram remains as Secretary and our Chair highlighted Gill and Clive’s contribution to the RA and the wider community.
No new committee members have joined but we have lost a Ruxley member. We do have vacancies for both West Ewell and Ruxley Committee members and anyone interested should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.