The AGM in the Church Hall last night was well attended and had a really positive atmosphere, with lots of quite unseasonally upbeat news. It was good to see quite a few people, some new to the area, who hadn’t been along before; and to welcome Alison Whiteoak and Dinah Tracey from the Friends of Dyke Road Park to the committee.
Alison spoke about the FDRP’s initiatives in the Park, which include a PCA funding bid for a community vegetable garden. Hedvig Murray showed slides of her community food growing project in Hackney and talked about her plans to do the same, working with the PCA, round here: she has also applied for funding which hopefully will enable us to replace and refresh the notice-board planters.
Cllr Kevin Allen had positive news about the derelict Anston House site near Preston Park: developers Urban Splash are now working on plans for it.
Kevin and his fellow Preston Park councillors Juliet McAffery and Amy Kennedy commented on John Lovatt’s presentation about the government’s Localism bill, which could give neighbourhood groups new powers. They agreed this could be a significant new development, but questioned whether the money would be there to make it work. We’ll be discussing what it might mean for Prestonville at the next and subsequent PCA meetings.
This year’s AGM was also notable for being the last at which Di Langford served as secretary. Di has been involved with the PCA almost since it started, but now has to step down because of her many other commitments. Di has always been unfailingly committed, efficient and pleasant to work with: we’ll miss her and we are very grateful indeed to her for all her service to the community.