Long Leys Resilient Community Volunteers
COVID-19 shielding for vulnerable members of the community ended on 1st August. LLRA has now stood down the fantastic Resilient Community Volunteers who between them were willing to take responsibility for vulnerable residents in Long Leys needing support for shopping and pharmacy needs. Existing support networks for vulnerable residents were fortunately not significantly affected by the impact of the pandemic, but the volunteers were ready to offer back up if needed. This in itself reduced the stress many vulnerable residents felt over the last four months, particularly in the April-May period during huge amounts of uncertainty.
LLRA would like to thank, on behalf of the whole Long Leys community, all the volunteers for being prepared to give up time to support those who needed it, as well as printing material to distribute to those not online. Thank you to: Andrea Redgwell, Ben Hill, Breda Fitzgerald, Claire Fraser, Chris Hobbs, Gary Stimson, Glenn Smith, Isla Davies, Jackie Ward, Joanne Mead, Jon Davies, Laura McWilliams, Paul Howard, Penny Toone, Teresa Elliot, Wendy Brown.
It has become abundantly clear that a face-to-face AGM for Long Leys Residents’ Association (LLRA) is not going to be possible in the near future, with current COVID-19 guidance permitting no more than six people from separate households to meet (outside).
Under the LLRA Constitution (2019) an AGM should be held no more than 15 months after the previous one (21 May 2019), meaning it would have to be held by 21 August 2020. After discussion, the LLRA management committee decided to:
- Defer the LLRA AGM for a year until Tuesday 18 May 2021 as an exceptional event and co-opt the committee members who should stand down by rotation in 2020 for another year should they wish to continue (Jon Davies and Keith Newsome) along with current co-opted committee member Glenn Smith.
- Authorise release of existing reserves of £500 to fund 2020/2021 LLRA expenditure from existing reserves of £11,311.40 (as of 31 March 2020).
- Get the 2019/20 LLRA finances independently inspected.
Jon, Keith and Glenn have subsequently confirmed they are happy to continue on the management committee as co-opted members. Other committee members also confirmed that they were happy to play an active role in LLRA for the next 12 months. See details on the current management committee.
A local resident has kindly inspected the accounts which can be viewed at 2019-2020 LLRA Finances.
Long Leys Neighbourhood Plan Development
LLRA is designated as a Neighbourhood Forum and has been developing a 2021-2040 Neighbourhood Plan for the Long Leys area. Work on this was suspended in March 2020, due to the impact of COVID-19 and delays to development of the Central Lincolnshire Local Plan (CLLP) & the Lincoln Transport Strategy
Work on the Long Leys Neighbourhood Plan will restart once a housing allocation figure is available from the CLLP team (a joint team from three district councils including City of Lincoln Council). This is likely to be available sometime between Q4 2020 and Q2 2021.
Background work on some Neighbourhood Plan elements is continuing, including work on footpaths and cycleways, along with the proposed upgrade to the Whittons Park children’s playpark. In particular, LLRA are still pushing for the adoption of a Right of Way from the Albion Crescent footpath across Newt Hollow / Hobblers Hole to Whittons Park.
Please help share this information with any elderly or offline Neighbours
Issued on behalf of LLRA, 4 August 2020.