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Annual General Meeting 2006
Minutes of the Cottenham Village Design Group Meeting held on Tuesday 21st February, 7:30pm at Cottenham Village College
Poundbury Speech by Robin Heydon
The Cottenham Village Design Group held their AGM on 21st February at the Cottenham Village College. The AGM was preceded by an interesting and topical talk by Mr Robin Heydon on Poundbury. Poundbury is a modern settlement designed by a master planner based on environmental principles of the Prince of Wales. Mr Heydon summarized the architectural significance of Poundbury in terms of the street layout, attention to detail and features which enhanced the 'community feel' of the settlement. The talk was well received with compliments and questions from the audience.
Review of the year's activities by Robin Heydon
Robin Heydon reviewed last years minutes and activities held over 2005.
The following events were raised by Mike Smith and briefly discussed:
- The May Fun Run Fund raising Event.
- The Strawberries and Architecture fund raising event.
Steve Poole raised the following planning related 2005 activities:
- The comments submitted by the CVDG for the Northstowe.
- Comments submitted for the guided bus.
- Steve Poole's presentation at the Travelers Appeal - Victoria View.
Planning Summary by Steven Poole
Steve discussed a correlation between the CVDG planning comments and the outcomes with the South Cambs District Council. A reasonably consistent positive correlation was noted. However where the CVDG were positive, on occasions planning permission had subsequently been refused for traffic/highway issues which the CVDG do not consider. Steve discussed individual examples of correlation to illustrate the information presented. The presentation was informative and interesting and drew attention to the finer details of the current village design statement.
Treasurers Report by Steven Poole
Steve presented the 2005 budget. Due to fund raising events and the lack of expenditure the budget for 2006 looks healthy. However funds are insufficient for any large scale publishing ie. a consultation process with the village. The aim for 2006 is to raise the profile of the CVDG. Fund raising will not be a priority for 2006.
Election of Committee and Officers
The committee has five nominee places and up to ten elected members. Members serve for two years after which they may offer themselves for re-election. Officers hold their positions for a maximum of four years consecutively.
The following resignations were noted:
Robin Heydon (Chair):
Rob van der Linden (committee member):
Rebecca Tindall (committee member):
Nick Stephenson (committee member):
Rex Collinson offered to stand down if his committee position was required. However the 2005 Chair - Robin Heydon - advised that Rex's input had been valuable and helpful and the CVDG are keen to retain Rex as a committee member.
The following committee members were elected:
Ann Doubleday (committee member):
Robin Heydon (committee member):
Alex Thoukydides (Chair):
John Williams (committee member):
Alex Darby (committee member):
Jo Webster expressed interest in joining the committee later in the year but did not wish to stand at this time.
Welcome Speech by the new Chair - Alex Thoukydides
Alex introduced his agenda for 2006 as Chair:
Design Statement Update Volunteers:
Any Other Business
Mike Smith proposed the committee investigate the viability of a trip e.g.. to Upton in Northants or to Greenwich/Isle of Dogs. A suggestion was also made for an exchange trip with another village which has a design statement.
John Williams discussed the Cottenham Environment Audit Group. The CEAG is nearing the end of it's audit process. The conclusions will be useful for the design statement update. The website and assets of 50 photographs will need to be temporarily re-housed. It was proposed that the CVDG temporarily re-house the photo's whilst new homes are found ie. local libraries etc.