The CTRAA 2016 AGM

The Cherry Trees Residents’ Amenities Association held its Annual General Meeting in St Mary Abbots Church Hall on Tuesday 15 November, and some 60 members attended.

Just like last year, the meeting was visited by Kensington’s MP, Victoria Borwick, and by two of our ward councillors, Robert Freeman and Catherine Faulks.

We were also visited by PC Gurjit Rehill from the Campden Safer Neighbourhoods team, who talked about the team and its activities in our neighbourhood.

Victoria and Robert both talked about Boundary Commission’s proposed changes to the parliamentary constituencies, which would mean that Kensington and Chelsea becomes a single constituency that matches the borders of the borough, instead of the current two constituencies of Kensington and Chelsea & Fulham that were created for the 2010 general election. They both urged the CTRAA members to comment the proposal at the Boundary Commission’s website before the first consultation period ends on 5 December 2016. Although sounding the same, the proposed Kensington & Chelsea constituency will not be the same as the Kensington & Chelsea constituency that existed 1997–2010, as northern Kensington then was part of the Regent’s Park & Kensington North constituency. The final proposal will be put to Parliament in 2018.

Victoria also expressed her concern over the violence at the last Notting Hill Gate carnival.

The AGM approved the proposed changes to the CTRAA committee, which will make a push for more members by setting up a dedicated team for this purpose. A discount scheme, where members would get discounts from participating shops and restaurants in the area, and simplified membership enrolment and membership fee payments are among the things the committee is looking at. Here is the new committee setup.

After the meeting there was the usual wine and nibbles (kindly sponsored by John D Wood and Huntsworth Wine) and mingling in the foyer.