These first remarks are an attempt to discuss some concepts or policy for the HRA; to encourage contributions from members; and to encourage more members to join the HRA.
The reason to have a Residents Association is to express the views of residents. Thus it is necessary to measure the views of residents so that any demands or opinions stated on behalf of residents will actually be representative of the views of the majority of residents. The Forum is intended to enable and encourage members to express their views.
The Topics so far commenced in the Forum and in the "Topics" page were chosen in the hope that they would provoke comment and encourage members to express their opinions.
Many members will be accustomed to me, prior to establishing the HRA, acting basically on my own behalf, and copying you with my various complaints to local authorities and our MP. Indeed, I have written two items recently (early 2013) in that mode, one objecting to the proposed Holyport College, on the basis of traffic increase, and supporting Bray Parish Council; the other following up on my request to Theresa May to see how my complaint to the Ombudsman is proceeding, this being about the Planning Inspectorate's approval on appeal of the Holyport Road field gateway. These were both copied to those contacts in Holyport to whom I had customarily copied such correspondence. Most of the the current HRA members are amongst those on that list.
In this new situation where a Holyport Residents Association Committee or Chairman could write to express opinions, it is important that whatever opinions are expressed are in line with the vews of the majority of members.
I am on record expressing the view that, in respect of Neighbourhood Planning, there is a danger that the resulting plan will not be supported by the majority of residents. To elaborate, the residents working in the BPNP are a self selected group working on behalf of all Bray residents, who somehow have to gain the approval of these residents. This is why it is important to the BPNP to have consultations and public meetings.
The same problem applies to a Residents Association. The current committee is a self selected group, and the current members make the Association a bit bigger, but it is still basically self selected. We aspire to be representative of all Holyport Residents.
But without critical interest and input from residents, the opinions of the HRA Chairman and / or Committee cannot be said to be representative of the views of local residents.
This blog is set so that anyone, not only HRA Members, may respond to it, so please feel free to do so.