As promised, here you go. This draft was agreed at the GLSG meeting last Tuesday 8 April. Sorry about some of the formatting!:
Terms of Reference for the Green Lanes Strategy Group
The Association’s aim is to work to make the Green Lanes area thrive economically, flourish socially, and be regenerated for current and future residents and businesses. The Association aims to foster an area where people are proud to live and work without fear of crime. In this it will be guided by principles of the Green Lanes Charter or superseding local plan.
The Green Lanes Area shall be defined as that area bounded to the south by Endymion Road and Arena Trading Estate, to the west by Wightman Road, to the north by Turnpike Lane and West Green Road, and to the east by Black Boy Lane and Warwick Gardens.
The key constituted umbrella organisations within the above defined area, (ie. Woodlands Park Resident Association (WPRA), Ladder Community Safety Partnership (LCSP), Gardens Residents Association (GRA) and Harringay Green Lanes Traders Association (HGLTA) as at April 2014) each with up to 2 representatives plus 1 deputy appointed by meetings of those organisations; and the elected ward Councillors of Harringay and St. Ann’s.
Metropolitan Police and Council officers will also attend as appropriate.
Remit of Green Lanes Strategy Group:
The following list is to act as a guide to the remit of the GLSG. It is not intended to be exhaustive.
Unless these Terms of Reference provide otherwise, any matter will be decided by consensus between the members.
If no consensus can be reached, the Chair may request a vote on the matter under consideration. Unless otherwise provided for in these Terms of Reference, the matter shall then be decided by a simple majority of the members present and voting by show of hands. The Chair shall have a casting vote.
I have attached a copy of the Neighbourhood Vision/Green Lanes Charter referred to above.
These Terms of Reference are open for comment until 15 June 2014.
They have been discussed at the LCSP meeting tonight, and will be on the agenda for the next GRA (June, not the AGM) and WPRA (14 May) meetings.
Feedback please to whichever you choose below if you can't make a meeting:
Adam Coffman for Friends of Harringay Passage, Friends of Fairland Park and Friends of Ducketts Common.
Let's look at umbrella organisations.
That's the term used in this TOR draft for the special named groups in the "members" section which get 2 representatives / votes plus 1 deputy, compared to the unnamed "additional" groups which get just one representitive. The term "umbrella organisation" isn't defined anywhere, i wonder if it should be, in something like a definition section in the doc, to avoid any misunderstandings?
Here's an example:
FoHP has been quite successful. There are lots of people involved, various initiatives going on, and some great gardening work. So let's make FoHP the umbrella organization for skinny bits of the neighbourhood with some gardening potential.
That means the passage of course, the new river path behind Whightman Rd, the Gardens Community Garden, and there's that bit of land that applied for some pocket park funding over in the Woodlands Park area too (i forget its name).
Does FoHP need to notify anyone when it takes spaces into its umbrella'ship? I'm guessing no as I don't recall the LCSP telling any of the groups i'm involved with - did you have to notify anyone Geoff when WPRA became an umbrella organization?
I'm also guessing FoHP will now be listed in the members section of the TOR and get two members/votes as it's now an umbrella organization? Great!
Thinking about it, the GRA, having lost its award winning green space to FoHP and not actually having any other RAs within its area to umbrella over, doesn't really warrant being an umbrella organization anymore. So the GRA is moved to the unnamed additional groups section and FoHP joins the first member section in the TOR, which becomes:
The key constituted umbrella organisations within the above defined area, (ie. Woodlands Park Resident Association (WPRA), Ladder Community Safety Partnership (LCSP), Friends of Harringay Passage (FoHP) and Harringay Green Lanes Traders Association (HGLTA) ...
I wonder if Andy or the GRA will be sad about this? Should there be some sort of appeals process or mechanism defined in the TOR for how to deal with hostile takeovers and separations?
Nilgun / Geoff could you say what you had in mind about umbrella organizations when you coined the term in the TOR and draft us some text that defines them and describes what happens in the situations just described for FoHP?
I note with dismay that this post is being dealt with by "la la la, I can't hear you". Well Andy, Nilgin and Ian, all of whom I have a great deal of respect for - everyone else has seen it. I imagine you're not pleased but that doesn't excuse you from responding. You just look bad ignoring it.
I fully understand that without individual hard work from people like you committees like this FAIL. I also hope you realise that the lack of complaints before are high praise for your work. However when you shove our impotence in our faces they way you have with the GLSG's secret plans to rename Harringay, expect some fireworks.
Oh, ye of little patience.
Would something like that work here? That would ensure the dedicated groups and people who've been doing the GLSG for so long would continue to have two votes whereas little groups like FoFP would probably have sporadic attendance at best so likely wouldn't get two votes.
Could I please echo Alan's comment - contrary to popular belief I occasionally have a few hours without getting on HOL...
Umbrellas: Reminds me of a Vivian Stanshall thing from a long time ago - 'Men Opening Umbrellas Ahead'. That shows my age...
Anyhow, I think I may have said this elsewhere in the thread, but my own thought was that between them the RAs covered almost the whole area, and were open to anyone who lived in their respective areas. In looking at other groups, I'd be looking at how large their 'patch' was, are they open to all, are they a special interest group etc. So, to use an example I may have used elsewhere, if a fully functional constituted alternative RA opened up in the WPRA area with open membership, they could well be argued to be 'umbrella' and indeed if they were more active than WPRA the roles could switch.
The OASIS stuff is interesting.
What does that mean, Phil?
Time for a selfie John!