Our first newsletter has been printed so if you’re a business or resident in Edenfield, expect it to drop through your letterbox in the next couple of days.
To truly represent the Edenfield community, we need more members. As well as the newsletter we’re also posting membership application forms. Members of the forum can attend meetings and will receive regular information and updates. Members of the forum can also be elected to join the management committee.
Paper membership forms can be left at Strachan’s Chemist or Valentine’s Butchers. Alternatively you may find it more convenient to complete your details online. Join Us.
As you are probably aware the Forum Management Committee submitted our application for designation of the Forum to Rossendale Council on 23rd February. A few days later (and much earlier than we anticipated) the Council publicised this which started the six week consultation period. Our application and relevant information is on the RBC website at:
During the consultation period, comments on our application can be made to the Council. Comments can be submitted online at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/RBCNHF/ . Please note that if you do not accept for the Council to hold your details on their database then you will not be allowed to complete the survey.
The first Forum newsletter has now been finalised and we expect to distribute this throughout Edenfield over the next two weeks. We are hoping that this will result in many more members joining us.
The next meeting of the Forum will be scheduled for sometime in May with the exact date to be advised in due course. At that time we will report on all of the work being done by the Management Committee. Hopefully by then we will also have a decision from the Council on our application for designation.
In the meeting held on 5th February 2018, it was agreed that the Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum constitution should be updated to reflect the proposed new boundary for the group. Those present voted unanimously to adopt the new area of responsibility and the updated constitution is attached.
Alan Ashworth spotted this in last week’s Times Newspaper. I think that it summarises our position well. We aren’t “NIMBYs” (Not In My Back Yard), but “SLIMBYs” who simply want Something Logical in My Back Yard”.
The article is behind a paywall, but describes how developers’ focus on green belt land which is more profitable than brown-field sites. This ignores the fact that local infrastructures may not be suited to developments. When roads, schools, health and public utilities are at capacity, large-scale developments are simply not practical.
The next meeting of the Forum will be at 7.45pm on Monday 5th February at the Edenfield Community Centre. A meeting agenda is attached together with a copy of the minutes from the last meeting held on 5th December.
This meeting is being held earlier than anticipated due to the Steering Committee proposing some changes to the Constitution which require the approval of Forum members.
The proposed changes are:
Para 2.1. Deletion of “in partnership with the Council”
Para 3.1. The Area is changed from Eden Ward to Edenfield. As there is no existing definitive boundary to Edenfield the proposed boundaries are shown in appendix A.
Para 1.1 As a result of the change to the Area the name has been changed to “Edenfield Community Neighbourhood Forum”.
This is obviously a very significant change to the Forum which the Steering Committee considered to be necessary for it’s future successful operation.
The reasons will be discussed at the meeting.
Copies of the proposed revised Constitution and the Appendix A map are attached.