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Arches Local Big Local Year 2 Review

Contents
Introduction ............................................................................................................................................ 3
October 2016 Steering Group Meeting Notes ........................................................................................ 4
November 2016 Steering Group Meeting Notes .................................................................................... 8
December 2016 Steering Group Meeting Notes .................................................................................. 15
February 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes..................................................................................... 23
March 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes......................................................................................... 32
April 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes ........................................................................................... 43
May 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes ............................................................................................ 53
June 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes ............................................................................................ 62
July 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes ............................................................................................. 74
September 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes ................................................................................. 84

THE BIG PICTURE

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Introduction

Throughout this period the Arches Local partnership has progressed almost all elements of the year
two plan. Our focus has been on developing strong strategic partnerships to address physical aspects
of our neighbourhood. During this period we have continued to involve more local residents through
a range of events. In addition, we received additional funding from the 2016-17 Community
Economic Development programme to develop a Community Economic Plan.

The Partnership meets monthly, with the exception of August and December, and the following
review documents progress through the monthly reports presented to the Partnership meetings.
The chapters that follow provide detail, but we would like to highlight the following:

• Arches Local worked with New Economics Foundation, Community Land Use, Locality, Coop
UK and Future Foundries to create a Community Economic Plan
• Successfully campaigned for road safety review of our local schools with some of the works
including railings moved and new electronic crossing signs installed
• Funded numerous small projects, run by and involving local people.
• Arches Local were part of discussions with Medway NHS CCG around a new engagement
pilot to be called Involving Medway secured that the Time Credits element would focus on
Arches Local area.
• Further developed the Pocket Park and surrounding area at the Luton Millennium Green
• Received funding from the Pentagon Shopping Centre in Chatham to run a successful Lunch
and Lego club over the Summer Holidays
• Helped to shape how £250,000 Section 106 funding for Greenspaces within the Horstead
Valley was to be used for and secured £50,000 for Luton Millennium Green for ground works
and new play equipment.

In memory of Molly Burch much loved and respected original partnership member
who sadly passed away on 16th August 2017

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October 2016 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Update!
Postcode Lottery element of the pocket park is well underway with cobnut tree and wildflower
meadow ready to be planted/prepared. It is a little behind schedule but confident that we will all be
delivered successfully.

Luton Arches Regeneration Update


There has been work done to remove vegetation from the plinth and beds around
the Arches from Medway Norse. Have had further discussions with Medway Council
around planting the beds though they indicated maintenance was a problem in the
certain area i.e. in front of the arches as it was costly to close the road. I suggested
then covering the area and putting in place a feature item the Driver Fountain.

Network Rail has been issued with another complaint about the dead pigeon’s and
waste matter hanging in the netting
Incident: 161005-000254

Your service request has been assigned to our RAM Structures team to investigate
further. They will report back shortly with their findings and your local contact and
communities team will be in contact to confirm the next steps in due course.

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Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section


215

The time that the community warden and enforcement officer have now in the area has been scaled
back. We have built up relationships locally and hope with continued working in partnership and
sharing information that the area will not slide back to how bad it was before.

Conversations with regard to the carpark future with Medway


Council have gone quiet we hope that will commence again soon.
As can be seen from the Van burnt out over the weekend we need
to be discussing locally its future as that incident is accepted as
normal in that area.

Copperhouse & Riverside One projects


Jamie has met with Monika at Victory academy and has participants for his
project. Jamie has confirmed that the project will be commencing on the
31st of October for 6 weeks held on a Monday.
CAT held a great event at the pocket park with Tesco Farm to
Fork and Medway Council Public Health Department. They
provided activities for years 5 and 6 pupils of Luton Junior
School (approx. 160 Children) on September 19th and 20th
taking part in learning about food, shelter building and
earning an accreditation from the National Navigation Award
Scheme. All the children attending enjoyed the day loved
taking back there NNAS certificate.

Dann Hutton (Teacher) - just wanted to say huge thanks to


you and what you have achieved. The children really enjoyed
the day and it was great to see them just being children for
once, imagination and all.

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Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


Both METCIC and All Saints community project were successful with their bids for
funding and the funding agreements have all been drawn up.

Social Investment
We attended the Community Economic Development Induction day in London we
met a few other Big Local areas and heard about some other great projects.

What is Community Economic Development?

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-economic-development/

‘Community economic development’ or ‘CED’ describes a process of economic


development within a specific geographic area, to make the economy in that area work well for that
community. The process is led by people living, working and running businesses in that area.

As an approach, it tackles environmental, social and economic issues as being interconnected, and
recognises the importance of connections between the local, regional and national layers of the
economy. It builds on the knowledge, experience and resources in that community, to identify and
maximise the local economic opportunities available.

Year 2 Plan/Year 1 Review


The review is at a final draft and we hope everyone gets time to have a quick look at it before it is
submitted.

The plan has been submitted to Local Trust and meeting has been held with the Coordinator and
Chair with Local Trust representative. We hope to receive the offer letter in the coming weeks

Too many to mention summary


In summary in September 2016
Was invited to and attended the Victory day celebration at Victory Academy was a great day

Took part in the first Local Trust first ever Twitter chat it was all about community engagement

https://storify.com/LocalTrust/getting-people-involved-in-big-local-engageinspire

Met with Samantha Jones, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, Partnership Manager to discuss Arches Local
and collaborative working in our area around road safety. Future meeting has been planned

Andrew Mackness and Vince Maple have been shortlisted for a LGiU award first time they ever were
done and joint nomination and to add cross-party. We cross our fingers for good news! Winners
announced 1st November

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We had UnLtd #starpeople roadshow @ArchesLocal with Red Zebra at All Saints Community Trust
Project hall which was a real success.

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November 2016 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Update!
Work continues at the park with the final match funding for the post code lottery of £10,000.00
been paid over to Medway Plus. We have cleared between the pocket park and the wild flower
meadow behind opening up the views. MHS have offered there ground maintenance team to
undertake a project at the park and have been involved with tasks at the park working with Tony
Palmer.

We have been receiving positive comment from all over about the park the most recent being on
our website In October from;

Rosemary, I came across this area (Luton Millennium Green) quite by accident today and was amazed
at how lovely it is. I never knew it existed before. Obviously a lot of work has gone into it this year and
it was lovely for a stroll around. The trees with their autumnal leaves were also very attractive. I do
hope it will be well used

Luton Arches Regeneration Update


Incident: 161005-000254

Your service request has been assigned to our RAM Structures team to investigate further. They will
report back shortly with their findings and your local contact and communities team will be in
contact to confirm the next steps in due course.

We are still awaiting a reply to our incident report on last replied on the 7th of October
as it now is now over a month for them to shortly reply with their findings we will look
to escalate a response.

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Tracy Crouch MP has put us in contact with the Rail Way Heritage who she has had conversations
about the project and our plans hopefully they will be able to assist with our regeneration plans for
that area.

As part of #Inktober project David Frankum an artist has


been sketching #ME scenes from the #MedwayTowns.
Day 16: was Luton Arches! http://www.daveyf.co.uk/

David Frankum liked some Tweets you were


mentioned in Nov 1: @DavidFrankum
@ArchesLocal Many thanks for the
feedback 👍

Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section 215


By the shoppers Car Park as requested to Medway Council when
we were asked if there was anything we would like them to do at a
meeting about the pocket park. Medway Council has cut back
significantly the tree that was a shelter for antisocial behavior opposite
a school and next to the car park. It has opened up the area and local
people are really pleased by the change.

We have not had any reply from Medway Council around the status or
future plans for the car park from what is now in the public domain.

Madeline Mead Medway Council Derelict Building Officer has been in


contact re some resident’s financial inability to repair their properties
as requested re scaffolding costs

Copperhouse, Riverside One projects & Lego Project

Jamie held an open day at the studio on the 31st of October to kick off our
“Arches Local Make Music Project”

The day was well attended supported by Monika Oravcova of Victory


Academy and Jamie has provided us with a report updating us on his progress
so far. Below are some photos from the first session held on the 7th of
November which we have been told was a great success.

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The kids were very excited and they already started to do some test on recording, for them to understand
how it works and discover their voices and sounds. Then they separated the group into two to make it
better. Some stayed on the voice recording, and some went to play drums.

Was so great to see all of this!!! The kids seemed like they saw father Christmas! They were so excited to
start the course ! (Marie Arches Local Assistant Coordinator)

We have met with All Saints School and they have agreed to
attend our next event to be held early March 2017.
Was so great to see all of this !!! The kids seemed like they saw father Christmas ! they were so
excited to start the
We received course
great press!coverage of the event that we held
at Luton Junior School in September in the Medway
Messenger.

We also have made a video of the day with Luton Junior School that we plan to share.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMGtTDbkG9k

We attended the latest Lego Club day in the half term though a little confusion of
a location change from the previous event was a great day and well attended and
some great building going on and most importantly lots of happy families.

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Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


All outstanding Funding agreements have been drawn up, and signed and paid in line with their
terms.

We have not received any other funding requests officially though there have been some verbal
conversations.

Social Investment
Myself, Peter Vogel and Marie met with Lorraine our CED rep
to discuss the CED plan around the proposal of having a market
at the Luton shoppers carpark. The meeting went well and we
have a road map for discussing the viability of the market in
that location. Lorraine has provided the details of the
meeting/workshop the next steps are to address the items
raised where appropriate and agree who and what we want to
apply for with from our grant.

What is Community Economic Development?

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-
economic-development/

Year 2 Plan/Year 1 Review


The review has been submitted to Local Trust and
we await their feedback.

The plan has been submitted to Local Trust and has


been agreed. The offer letter and has been received
the first payment made.

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XMAS Event 18th December 2016


Save the Date Sunday 18th December 2016 from 12 pm till 3.30pm
(3.00pm)

@ Town Hall Gardens come and meet Santa and his Reindeer( by Rope
Walk https://goo.gl/lCtJIL
Need volunteers for the day.
Charged by Medway Council £272 for the day and £500 repayable
bond.
Reindeer and Sleigh provided by Mobile Farm Experience
Tea & Coffee provide by us using Anchorian’s FC Flasks
Soup & Bread to be confirmed
Have a Santa (need an outfit and presents)
Face Painter to be confirmed
Natasha Creatabot providing a workshop
Toilet provided by Kent Loos
Santa Grotto (Tent) from GoOutdoors to be confirmed

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Too many to mention summary


In summary in October 2016
Met with again with Samantha Jones, Kent Fire & Rescue Service, Partnership Manager and Alan
Faulkner, KFRS Crew Manager – Road Safety Experience to discuss Arches Local and collaborative
working in our area around road safety. We agreed on some points as a starting point for future
work with young people and road safety education.

Lindsay and I attended an Economic Change workshop on Measuring


Social Impact Masterclass. It was very interesting and of course most
interesting speaking to the other groups and organisations in
attendance.

Met with Lance Phillips to discuss the Physical Folk project and assisted in discussions around looking
for alternative venues.

Met with Orbit housing to discuss working together in the


Arches Local area was a positive meeting where we discussed
collaborating on employability workshops around the Market
idea and the possibility of them supporting our XMAS event
with their health bus. Future meetings have been planned.

Spoke to Cabinet Member Rupert Turpin Portfolio Holder for Business Management on a walk
around with the community warden around the Luton Road area by the Arches and the Luton
Shoppers Car park. We discussed the success of the intensive time spent in that area of community
warden and enforcement officer. Spoke about the poor housing and challenges with certain private
landlords and selective licensing or looking at other ideas to solve some of the problems locally.

Attended the Medway NHS CCG workshop for their Engagement Pilot Project where we spoke about
the challenges locally and power of working in partnership with the community. To secure Medway
time bank credits pilot to focus on the Arches Local area. We were invited to give a presentation
about Arches Local at the follow on meeting with the Medway NHS CCG executive team. Working in
partnership was discussed and match funding opportunities. A meeting is being scheduled to shape
the time bank project offering with Medway Council.

Attended the Medway Pensioners Fresher Fair


event supported by Tracy Crouch MP. With
residents of the Arches Local area in attendance.
Transport to and from the event was kindly
provided by Turning Point. Was a great day with a
lot on offer with the only fault that could be found
was that they needed to lay on something better for
people attending to eat?

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Went to the great craft fair held at the Magpie Community


Centre Café it was a great day with lots of things on offer. We
will not be short of having a great craft offering at any future
market at the Luton Shoppers Car Park from what we saw on
the day. We shared details on our social media and it was well
received.

Planning Flats at empty plot at the


corner of Castle and Luton Road.

Planning Flats at the site of the


Redeemer Church building top of
high street.

AMAT moving clients out of a


number of properties on Luton Road
plans to redevelop some of them
submitted.

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December 2016 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update!
MHS have met with Tony Palmer and Peter Vogel and have agreed a plan of
works for MHS ground staff to be involved in at the pocket park.

Dan the Carver has been in contact again and confirmed that he has created the replacement back
to the community bench at Luton Millennium Green that was damaged. We are meeting him on
Friday 16th December to fit the replacement.

Work will commence in the New Year on the final stage of the postcode lottery trust element. With
Installation of the park equipment in the original pocket park project paid by Tesco bags of help.

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Luton Arches Regeneration Update

Incident: 161005-000254

Your service request has been assigned to our RAM


Structures team to investigate further. They will
report back shortly with their findings and your local
contact and communities team will be in contact to
confirm the next steps in due course.

Still awaiting a reply to our incident report on last


replied on the 7th of October they aim to resolve or
answer calls within 20 days.

We have written to Kelly Tolhurst MP about our


frustrations with Network Rail as she was involved in
bringing them back to the table previously which
lead to the area being cleaned weekly. We have also
spoken to Medway Council and Local Councilors.

We have contacted Rail Way Heritage with details of our project and plan for the
Luton Arches and await their reply.

We have meetings and requests from local councillors and Medway Council to
discuss potential community projects around the Luton Arches area.

Tristan Osborne a Councilor from Luton and Wayfield has requested to present his proposal to the
partnership we have pencilled in a time for him at the February partnership meeting.

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This therefore is a draft proposal and could include other items like a stand-alone well or
water feature so long as there are no major revenue implications. I am seeking to get
costings for improved LED lighting; the Council incidentally has a costed plan for LED
lighting across Medway so I am hoping we could see this pushed forward for this site...
(Tristan Osborne)

The quote and plan will be made available as part of the meeting information in summary the total
to plant out all areas was approx. £36k planting/clearing and 16k yearly maintenance fee (52k total)
you might be surprised at the high cost to clear and plant the site. (Medway Norse we are lead to
believe though initially saying they were not responsible for the area which would explain their poor
condition are responsible for it though it would appear this has not been reflected in the
maintenance) The high cost is in part because of the need to close the road and ongoing
maintenance for 2 people to spend 2.5 hours per visit at approx. £1k a visit.

Our initial response (full response provided separately) to this is:

Thank you for continued support and including Arches Local in the conversations.

Accepting these plans are only at a draft stage, we do not feel and have communicated this to the
officers that looking at the overgrown unkempt state those plinths (directly off the Arch) got into that
replacing the vegetation/plants there with new ones is the answer given what we perceived as very
high maintenance costs contained in that quote. We very much doubt after the 1st year that the
maintenance required to keep that area well kept, will continue with the complexity (road closing)
and cost associated i.e. £1000.00 per visit.

We have also additionally met with Councilors Andrew Mackness, Tejan


Habib and council officers at the site as a piece of land that Medway
Council thought they were responsible for is actually owned by JC Decaux
the world’s biggest outdoor advertising company. Council Officers
intimated that Arches Local could pay to have that area improved with
their plan as a community project. I indicated that perhaps as JC Decaux who own the land could pay
to have it regenerated with the help of the community. There was also talk of removing the trees in
front of the Arch no prizes for guessing on the expectation on who would pay for it and a quote is to
be provided. Medway Council has also recently contacted JC Decaux.

Positives that did come from the Councilors was the talk of getting probation to paint the railing a
royal blue. (There was a suggestion of red it was felt blue better matched Medway naval history).
Medway Norse to create planter boxes to hang off the railing around the Luton Arches area with
flowers. Other pocket projects in the area including removal of railings outside Maplin’s and Persian
Rug shop and replaced with alternative barriers that improve the look and feel of the area. I plan to
meet with http://theediblebusstop.org/ in the New Year to discuss ideas on what we could do
around that area.

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Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section


215

Some property owners next to the arches on Luton Road (Maplins side)
have been issued with Section 215 Town and Country Planning Act
orders to improve the front of their properties. To the owners, we have
spoken to these have been mostly received well with some having
already carried out works or planning to soon. Where people are
unhappy is that we are still blighted by the conditions within and below
the wrought iron railway bridge. Network Rail seems to be impervious
with regard to dealing with the conditions within the Arch and the failed
netting. Though locally the wider community is happily accepting or
being enforced to take responsibility for improving the conditions in that
area.

The survey for the Luton Road Shoppers car park closes on the 5th of
February. We will look to make people aware of it at our Christmas
event. We have still had no direct contact from Medway Council around
any future plans or asked for any input.

Riverside One projects


“Arches Local Make Music Project” is in full effect most recently the kids
continued to record their own song and make adjustments or re did
some part to make it sound even better. They also worked on the
instrumental part creating the introduction using a piano. They also a
practised Christmas song to sing at their school. Next session will focus
on making a video and showing the work they have done. There is no
session on the 12th December. So the last session is on the 19th
December - Marie will be in France already that day and it would be nice
if a member of the partnership could attend the last session?

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Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


We have had a meeting with Turning Point and ASCPT to discuss a bake and sell the project to be run
out of the church kitchen and products sold in the Magpie Community Centre Café.

Have received a request for funding approx. £2.5k from Icon theatre in helping support HLF bid.

CED Plan -Social Investment


I and Marie met with Lorraine our CED rep to
further discuss the CED plan around the details of
technical grant application where we addressed
the items raised at the meeting and discussed
who and what we want to apply for with from our
grant. Things discussed included a survey to
gather info on demand, shape and flavor of the
market using our community researchers,
awareness event, support for potential stall
holders. Lorraine has provided a schedule of the
Technical grant application contents for
discussion.

What is Community Economic Development?

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-economic-development/

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Year 1 Review
We have had great feedback for our review from Local Trust

Jeremy Yung Research and learning coordinator, Local Trust In short, what we liked about your
plan review:

This is an excellent review. It tells the story of Arches Big Local and reflects on the successes,
challenges and way forward. We particularly liked your ongoing use of community researchers
for your engagement activities.

Christmas Event 18th December 2016


Save the Date Sunday 18th December 2016 from 12 pm till 3.00pm (3.00pm)

@ Town Hall Gardens come and meet Santa and his Reindeer (by Rope Walk https://goo.gl/lCtJIL )
Need volunteers for the day.
Charges by Medway Council £272 for the day waived
Reindeer and Sleigh provided by Mobile Farm Experience
Tea & Coffee provide by us using Anchorian’s FC Flasks
Soup & by Copperhouse Bread to be
confirmed
Chesnuts and music provided by Medway
Plus
Have a Santa (need an elf)
Face Painter confirmed
Natasha Creatabot providing a workshop
Creative Tree Art workshop
Toilet provided by Kent Loos
GoOutdoors provision of Gazebos
Orbit housing health bus and table
Toys purchased from D & A toys (20%
Discount) for the children

Veolia Bid
The bid result is due today 13th of December for an Arches Local
community hub with a house provided by MHS. Details of the bid are contained in the
stage 2 application submitted by Medway Plus.

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Too many to mention summary


In summary in November 2016
Meeting with Courtney Scott Research Fellow, Faculty of Public Health and Policy, London School of
Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and was interviewed in order to identify examples of BL communities
that have taken action together to improve their neighbourhoods (what they refer to in the research
as ‘Critical Collective Control Episodes’). I spoke mostly about our Journey with the pocket park and
about the planned regeneration of the Luton Arches area. Courtney will be speaking with other
partnership members.

Met with Kent Sports Trust http://www.kentsportstrust.org/ to discuss a partnership with sports
projects in the Arches Local area. The Kent Sports Trust Foundation has the core values
of using sport to foster a culture of encouraging participation in sport across Kent,
creating positive health outcomes, and helping build communities.

Meeting with Nancy Hirst from Icon Theatre about a HLF bid around a ‘Tales from Cabbage Island’ a
local history project, and The Silk of 1000 Spiders a community theatre and arts project, celebrating
the stories and lives of local Luton residents, as well as the stories and narratives of historical figures
in the area.

We attended the LTOs and Big Local partnerships event, 25 November and helped give a
presentation about the experiences of partnerships and LTO working together.

Met with Orbit housing to further discuss working together in the Arches Local
area. They confirmed that they would bring a health bus and have a table at
our Christmas event and spoke about further collaborations in the future

Attended more Medway NHS CCG workshops for their Engagement Pilot Project
where confirmation was given that the time bank credit part of the project will
reward those currently and look to encourage new volunteering in the Arches
Local area

We were present at the Allsaints Community Project Trust volunteer evening was a
great turnout and future discussions may be about needed a bigger venue. It always
never ceases to amaze at the amount of volunteering that goes on locally. Was tinged
with sadness due to it being the last one for the Linda’s and many of the Allsaints Sure
Start Staff.

Was at the Turning Point Recovery event which was hosted by Kevin I may be biased but I think was
the best one I been to. Some very brave speakers sharing their experiences and journey was truly
inspirational and some learning for everyone. We discussed the need for a wider section of the
community including local off-license business owners to be invited so that people can see how
either supporting or certain business practice can have a negative impact on our area.

Met with Penny Keevil with Carl Adams of MRS Letting to discuss housing issues locally including
private landlords, Homeless situation and potential for working together to improve things locally.

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It is Linda Fiddyments last partnership meeting (sigh) the partnership


and whole area owe her a deep debt of gratitude to Linda for her
tireless efforts locally. Also personally I have found a person of great
integrity a role model to myself and some one to turn to in need or
advice. I know she has played a large part in me wanting and being
able to be involved In trying to making my community a better place to
live. I know Linda will still be around and we look forward to
supporting her where ever we can. I have also met with Linda
replacement Louise Shrubsole she lives locally and we look forward to
welcoming her to the partnership.

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February 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update

I and Peter Vogel met with Medway Council in January


to discuss the Peoples Postcode Trust element of the
pocket park, they informed us that the Tesco green bag
playground equipment will be installed in the park in the
spring. They were not keen on any more seating siting
that they did not want “certain” people to hang about in
the park this is disappointing but it is not the end of that
conversation. They also spoke about using the
remainder of our funding on a feature piece of play
equipment for older children they will arrange meetings
with suppliers.

mhs ground staff with Tony Palmer and myself were at the park on Friday 3rd February and mhs
cleared a massive amount from key areas as directed by Tony. mhs ground staff did an amazing job
up at the park and we are very grateful to them as expressed to them on the day. We did provide
biscuits and donuts! The park is looking unrecognizable from November 2015 when we started.

Top January 2016 - Bottom January 2017

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Luton Arches Regeneration Update

Incident: 161005-000254

Your service request has been assigned to our RAM Structures team to investigate further. They will
report back shortly with their findings and your local contact and communities team will be in
contact to confirm the next steps in due course.

We met with a representative of Network Rail and Medway Council at Luton Arches in early January
to discuss planned solutions to the problems there JCDecaux were also supposed to be there but did
not come. This has led to us having a reply to our incident report on the 7th of October they aim to
resolve or answer calls within 20 days this took them over 3 months.

Our Structures team has advised that due to budget constraints the works planned for Luton Arches
have been postponed until the early New Financial Year.

The cleaning involved will include the removal of pigeon guano from abutments and pathways; this
will be done during the pigeon proofing installation phase.

We hope this response has been helpful.

Kind Regards,
Community Relations

Kelly Tolhurst MP had also had a similar reply from Network Rail and has written back to Network
Rail ask for a specific date time period for the works to commence and more detail.

Medway Planning has also contacted Network Rail in connection


with the Section 215 work on Luton Road about addressing the
issues with the Arches around appearance.

JCDecaux has been found to own the derelict pieces of land from
Medway Council investigations as it was suggested as a possible
site (see photo) for a joint community project with Medway
Council as the thought they owned it. JCDecaux had been
contacted by Medway Council to improve the look of the site and
make it safe.

JCDecaux "The No 1 outdoor advertising company" did come out and make “repairs” in late
December though as can be seen from the below they don’t exactly improve the look of the area in
any sense.

We have logged a call on the 10th January asking did they do this and if yes could they please
improve on the below efforts, we have had no reply or update from them.

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Tracy Crouch has also contacted JCDecaux asking for an update on when we can expect them to
improve on their first attempt

Plans have moved on with painting the railing around


Luton Arches with Mid Kent College to provide students
to carry out the work. A request has been made to
Arches Local to match fund an element £1000.00 of the
total cost of the paint approx. £2000.00 - £3000.00.

I met with the students and their teachers in January at


the Arches and gave them an overview of Arches Local
project and they appeared very keen to start. This will be
the catalyst we hope to further improvements
throughout the year

Myself and Carl Adams met with www.theediblebusstop.org/ in the new year
to discuss ideas on what we could do around that area. Lots of great
discussions focusing on creating a temporary structure or seating areas we
could move about the area to promote discussion and try out different
concepts. Next steps are if we wish to pursue the ideas is to agree a budget
similar amount to what we did with Melioci and arrange for them to come
down to visit the area.

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Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section 215,


Road Safety
Some property owners next to the arches on Luton Road
(Maplin’s side) have been issued with Section 215 Town
and Country Planning Act orders to improve the front of
their properties. As can be seen the increase in painting
and the erection of scaffolding work has begun to
improve the looks of these buildings which is great news.
To add Maplin’s kindly painted (by mistake) one of the
doors to the Persian Rug Shop and provided paint for the
one they did not.

There has been some new business move or moving into


the area a Tattoo parlour, Antique shop and Portuguese
Café/Patisserie (top of high Street)

Road Safety issues as is unfortunately common at many


schools it was communicated to our concerns around children
and road safety along the bottom Magpie Hall Road in and
around Luton Shoppers Car Park and All Saints CofE primary
school. We spoke to Medway Council and Councilor Portfolio
Holder for Children's Services and local PCSO’s 17th January. A
meeting was quickly convened that took place at outside the
school on the 2nd February with various appropriate council
officers also in attendance was a traffic warden and the white
car with the camera. What was clear was that mostly parents
were ignoring the zig zags and double yellow lines and some
were aggressive when challenged by a female member of the
school staff. It was a positive meeting where it was discussed
or identified that that railing is in the wrong place, the crossing
signs did not work, that the yellow lines were very faded and
that a culture existed where road users did as they liked. It was
agreed to address the issues around repainting the lines,
moving furniture, replacing signs it was also discussed that the
area around the school could be used as pilot of red line
scheme soon to be used on the Brook with a static camera
fining anyone stopping. Another meeting is to be arranged in
approx. 6 weeks to see where we are at and that a Traffic
Warden will be at the school during opening and closing time
for a week commencing 06/02/2017.

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The survey for the Luton Road Shoppers car park closed on the 5th of February. We
have been told by representatives of Medway Council that the preferred plan for the
car park would be now to retain it and make it a pay and display Car Park. This would
be great news as it would mean the area would be enforced, any plans of holding a
market could be very achievable, would help uplift that area which is blighted with
crime and antisocial behaviour and have a positive impact on road safety.

Funding Agreement Projects Updates

ALFA003 Funding Agreement Riverside One Studios


“Arches Local Make Music Project” Carl Kroon kindly attended the last session and reported
back “It was the mixing and refining of the finished track. All the youngsters were in discussion
with Rob the mixer and Jamie and the track was finished with some ad libs at the end, there
was a suggestion to add sheep noises (as sheep are cute) but that was declined. The youngsters
then went to the recording room to shoot some video footage for a video and had to learn
about miming to their own music, not as easy as it sounds I found out.

The interactions between all involved, from strangers at the start to working together as a group to
produce a finished product, is to be commended as an example of what can be achieved.”

We eagerly await the final product, video and report. Jamie has submitted his final invoice.

ALFA004 Funding Agreement Copperhouse Adventure Training


Copperhouse plans their next event at Luton Millennium Green with All Saints CofE Year 5
children on Tuesday 14th of March we are looking forward to it. We hope to have Tesco and
others in attendance on the day. We hope for them to go out to other schools later in the year.

ALFA005 Funding Agreement Creatabot – Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre
The Lego club has been a great success it was fully booked the next and last session is on 14th
February during school half term. It would be great if we could extend the project in the future
offering more sessions as it has been so well received.

ALFA006 Funding Agreement Medway Plus- Luton Millennium Green (People’s Postcode
Lottery) Pocket Park
The transformation of the park continues with the large bulk of Peoples Postcode Lottery
money being spent clearing and developing the outer arc of the #pocketpark. As discussed
earlier with a plan for the Arches Local match funding to be spent on a feature piece of play
equipment.

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ALFA007 Funding Agreement Magpie Cafe Manager


A new Manager has been recruited for the Café someone who was already
volunteering at the Café called Tammy.

ALFA008 Funding Agreement METCIC - 3 sponsored places in English and Maths classes
Cathy has provided a great report which is well worth reading where our funding as enabled
a number of individuals to improve their English and Maths. We look forward to seeing the
next update and hearing about the recipient’s progress.

Kerry passionately wants to improve her skills in Maths and English so she can help her daughter
with her schoolwork. Her current level is Entry 1 or 2 and she needs constant help to read and
understand questions.

Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


We have received a funding request for approx. £500 from Turning Point for a bake and sell project
it will be run out of the church kitchen and products sold in the Magpie Community Centre Café.
With a different theme for each week - Afternoon tea, the 1950’s, the Village fete, Made in Britain.

CED Plan -Social Investment


We have received on the 20th of January our CED Technical grant of £4,900.00. As per the schedule
discussed at the last meeting. The funding has to be spent before the end of March. So we need to
organize quickly the CED wrap up event is on the 27th of March in London.
Survey of residents and Awareness Raising Business Support event
Publicity £600
businesses £2,500 Event £200 for potential stall
holders £1,600

New Economic Foundation Technical Support Dates we need to set some


dates in early March to have a workshop to discuss the market and the
impact of our ideas would be great to have some of the partnership
attend. http://neweconomics.org/

There has never been a greater need for a new economy. The New Economics Foundation exists to
make it happen. There rooted in real lives, workplaces and communities. We equip people with the
tools they need to take action, now. Together we will build a new economy where people really take
control.

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Christmas Event 18th December 2016


On Sunday the 18th of December, we held our Christmas Event at Town Hall Gardens with Santa, his
Head Elf, Reindeer and armed with a big sack of D&A toys, we had a health bus provided kindly by
Orbit homes and workshops making baubles and Santa Logs by Creatabot and Creative Tree Arts and
Crafts C.I.C. There were 2 marvellous kinds of soup made and served by Copperhouse Activity
Training and refreshments served by Anchorians FC. We also had again some fabulous face painting
from Dans Funky Faces.

The event and all activities were free on the day for the price of answering some simple questions
and our marvellous community researchers were on hand to ask and recorded lots of answers on
the day we had some great and varied comments and got to introduce Arches Local to lots of new
people.

It was a busy day and all those attending especially the children had a fabulous time must take time
to thank those that kindly volunteered their time on the day to make it all possible and the
organisations including Orbit Homes, All Saints Community Project Trust, Tony Palmer, Medway Plus,
Anchorians FC, Local Councilors, Kent Police that supported us finally big thanks to Medway Council
for letting us use the park for free.

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Veolia Bid
The Veolia Bid aka “Saga” is still currently ongoing with unfortunately though it would
appear that Veolia wants to give us the funds with a number of extensions we have
received we cannot get around a planning permission issue. With understandably
Medway Council unable to give permission not knowing the location and mhs (who think
it does not need planning permission) unable to provide an address before the funding is
confirmed. I have contacted local MP’s, Local Councilors and Medway Council directly to
see if a work around can be achieved. Though Veolia wants a resolution very soon.

Too many to mention summary


In summary in December 2016 / January 2017
Met with Tracy Crouch MP to discuss the project and working in partnership she has
facilitated a meeting with Streetgames to be held in February. She has also spoken
to Network Rail about the condition of the Luton Arches and confirmed she would
speak to JCDecaux about their “repairs”.

Bumped into Kent Sports Trust http://www.kentsportstrust.org/ who have acquired


some free outdoor gym equipment that we can install in the Arches Local area.
Met with Martin Hall and Helen Blanche from Medway Council with Medway Plus to
discuss the pocket park and arrange a meeting to discuss a project at Town Hall Gardens.

Attended more Medway NHS CCG workshops around their


Engagement Pilot Project which are to be called Involving Medway
and plans to include that volunteering locally to help in the design of
the time bank note with Spice in February. Also sat on the interview
panel for the community development roles.

Was invited to attend the Chatham Traders Chatham Town Centre


Forum AGM and Networking Session where we heard from the Leader of Medway Council and the
Police was some spirited discussions around business rates on charities. Was a low turnout and
appeared that none of the local major retailers attended. Can confirm that no planned regeneration
of the top of the end (our end) of the high street and that the council believe Chatham will never be
as good as Rochester.

Met with Darren our Analytical Volunteer who works for the Department of Transport
with over 20 years’ experience as a Statistician. Gave him a tour of the area and he is
excited to get going and provide us with some Stats! We plan to put to good use what he
provides for us. https://gss.civilservice.gov.uk/careers/analytical-volunteer-program-avp/
Met with Abigail and colleagues from Improve Mental Health Provision (IMHP) which is a
nonprofit organization made up of professional and service users where they spoke about
their plans to open a 24-hour Mental Health Hub. We spoke about Arches Local and collaborative
working and look forward to further discussions in the future http://www.imhpaction.com/

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Met with Monica Oracova to talk about the Riverside one project and about further projects and
Arches Local working together with the school including an Easter half-term activity club.

Met with Steve Hutson to catch up with regard to Arches Local and MYT spoke about MYT
involvement recently at Luton Millennium Green and problems at MYT around procurement and
local incidents hindering the delivery of service.

With Lindsay went to Project Management for Great Fundraising Workshop run by
the Smalls Charities Coalition in London.

Attended Economic Change CIC Change Management Masterclass with Lindsay in


London was an interesting day and discussions.

Went along to Dolly Morgan RWVS afternoon tea event the 2nd one that we have supported was
great chatting to all those attended and spoke about having a Boat trip in the summer. Looking
forward to the next event.

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March 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update

“I and Peter Vogel met with Medway Council in January to discuss the Peoples
Postcode Trust element of the pocket park, they informed us that the Tesco green bag
playground equipment will be installed in the park in the spring.”

I know Peter has contacted Medway Council on numerous occasions as I have


requested an update on progress around “Tesco” play equipment mindful that
representatives of Tesco are attending the Copperhouse Activities Event at the
park today. This not to say that lots of stuff may have been done in the
background with a planned installation date in the spring just that we have not
heard anything.

I attended the Great British Spring Clean at Luton Millennium Green,


unfortunately, I only first heard about it 12 hours before the start of the event. I
am guessing that not many knew As I was the only person who turned up with
the wardens. I did communicate had the wider community know about the event
like the Keeping the Queen event the community would have turned out for it.
We replanted some trees that had fallen and pick up the general litter the
Wardens commented how nice the park now look and the lack of litter.

We have lots planned in the park this year hoping to make it a go-to destination
locally.

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Luton Arches Regeneration Update

Incident: 161005-000254

We have received a reply from Network Rail via Kelly Tolhurst MP which indicates works will be
carried out in May/June this year; This is great news.

Thank you for your email of 13 February to the Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne,
regarding pigeon netting at Luton Arches within your constituency.

Firstly I would like to apologise for the fact this work has not taken place so far this financial year and
the inconvenience this has caused to your constituents. I have spoken to our asset manager team and
asked him to look again at whether this work could take place in this financial year. I have been told
that regrettably regardless of whether funds could be brought forward to allow the work to take
place before April, it would not be possible to do the work before this date due to timescales involved
in gaining permissions from the local authority to arrange road and pavement closures for a busy
road junction like Luton Arch. It is planned is for the works to start in May or June, providing
permission is obtained from the local authority.

We will, of course, contact you as soon as the timescale for this work is confirmed. Once again,
please accept our apologies for the time it has taken for this work to be carried out and the
inconvenience this has caused to both yourself and your constituents.

We look for an update hopefully Medway Council will be able to confirm when the road is due to be
closed to complete the works.

JCDecaux has been down to carry out some remedial repairs to


their site on the 8th of Februay by Luton Arches. We spoke to the
workmen contractors from Outdoor Logistics UK who were keen
to tell us they did not carry out the original works. We told them
about Arches Local and they were interested to hear our plans
around the Luton Arches. They were down at the site for several
days and left it looking a lot better than it did previously. Though
admittedly the area still needs some real regeneration and
brightening up but it is a step in the right direction.

On the 9th of February, we received an email from Tracey Crouch


which explained why the workmen were sent, as we had
received no update from the call we logged or from Medway
Council the email from Tracey contained a letter from the
Managing Director Large Format at JCDecaux Phillip Frye that read;

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I am writing further to your letter of 11th January, passed on


to me by Mr Decaux, which relates to the poor repairs carried
out at one of our advertising locations in Luton Arches,
Chatham and would like to thank you for bringing this to our
attention.

I can confirm the site is owned by the company and I can see
from the photos attached to your letter that the recent repairs
which were carried out were less than satisfactory. I have
asked our Operations Director to ensure that this work is
rectified and brought up to the standard the company aspires
to, as soon as possible.

With regards to the second point your raise about enhancing


the local area, we would very much welcome the opportunity
to engage with Arches Local in order to work in partnership
with them on trying to find a mutually beneficial solution. To
this end, I suggest they get in touch with me direct.

I tried contacting Mr Frye to tell him about Arches Local and our plans by phone but could not get
through so sent an email. I can confirm that I have heard back from JCDecaux a meeting has been
arranged on the 11th of April at their Paddington Office the meeting will involve the following
people:

• James Thomas – Operations Director


• Stacey Knight – Director of Blue
• Robert Clasper – Director of London Development
• Fiona Goddard – Estates Team Leader

This is a very exciting opportunity and that we have another new partner in the regeneration of that
area

I have asked Medway Council for an update on the painting of the railing I know that they have met
recently with Mid Kent College where a provisional plan start time of April/May this year was
discussed. Ian Long from mhs homes has kindly provided details about getting a discount on the
paint from Dulux.

I have updated http://theediblebusstop.org/ with the partnership decision


and agreed budget waiting for them to get back to me with details
including timeframe and site visit. The Edible Bus stop double yellow line
street furniture created lots of interest at the recent eco-build.

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Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section


215, Road Safety

As can be seen on Luton Road and around it there is some Scaffolding in place with properties being
repaired and improved which is great to see and a derivative of the Section 215 work.

On a Sunday morning Veolia were seen with a broom on the shop side of Luton Road
which is great but unfortunately brooms only work when they touch the floor from
what we witnessed the operative was
just walking up the road with a broom in
hand with the scarab following though
admittedly we did not see them travel
the full length of the road. But on
returning a few hours later walking along
Luton Road where the pavement had
clearly not been swept if this was their
intention as litter, cigarette butts etc
were still all over pavement, will raise this
with Medway Council. Unfortunately, another example of a job not been carried out satisfactorily.

From the Road Safety meeting that was held


Medway Council have been very busy painting
the Yellow Lines around the school and
replacing the broken crossing signs. The Traffic
Wardens were in the area for the week
specified and had an immediate effect on
people parking behaviour with many shocked
that they could not park outside the school on
the zig zags at school opening and closing
times. The parking behaviour at the school post
the improvements has been positive with many
wondering will the parking enforcement be
there. With new equipment and markings being
improved it is now more visibly clear that there
are rules that need to be adhered to. We await
any update about the possible red routing of
the school and developing further road safety initiatives.

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Funding Agreement Projects Updates

ALFA003 Funding Agreement Riverside One Studios

We are still eagerly awaiting the video from Jamie of the project some
technical glitches have caused it to be delayed. Jamie has submitted his
final invoice and it still awaiting payment on completion of the project.

ALFA004 Funding Agreement Copperhouse Adventure Training

Copperhouse had their event today at Luton Millennium Green with All Saints CofE Year 5
children on Tuesday 14th of March I am sure they had a great time and we look forward to
seeing the video and photos of the day. We met with Copperhouse and spoke about
other elements of their Funding Agreement with the following discussed;

• Luton Junior School running a 6-week program consisting of 1-2 afternoon


sessions per week around the John Muir award.

• That Luton Junior, Allsaints CofE and New Road schools would be contacted to tie in the
running of awareness events at their summer fetes

• The development of a youth panel aged 13+ with conversations to be had with Victory
Academy and local scout groups.

ALFA005 Funding Agreement Creatabot – Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre

The final session was held during the February half term there were about 15 children and lots of
parents having a great time. We will share the photos of the last session when we have them.

ALFA006 Funding Agreement Medway Plus- Luton Millennium Green (People’s Postcode
Lottery) Pocket Park

We are still awaiting the installation of play equipment paid for by the green bags Tesco money
to be actioned by Medway Council. We still await any contact/reply from Medway Council re
the large piece of play equipment. Might be some discussions to look at alternative options
looking at a similar community-led project like our Snaeil Bench to do over the summer.

ALFA007 Funding Agreement Magpie Cafe Manager

We held a successful awareness event for the CED plan and Medway Time
Credits at the Magpie Community Centre Café in February. Tammy provided us
with a great space, refreshments and food the day went very well with the many that attended.

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ALFA008 Funding Agreement METCIC - 3 sponsored places in English and Maths classes

METCIC have been paid the 2nd instalment with 1 more payment due we look forward to
seeing the progress and reading the next update.

ALFA009 Funding Agreement Creatabot - Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre Part 2

Just awaiting information and an invoice to finalize the Funding Agreement from Creatabot
around booking of space.

ALFA010 Funding Agreement Turning Point - Baking School

Still awaiting details to finalise the funding agreement. From a recently held
meeting about the project, the plan is to start in April - after Easter break subject to
hall availability. The project will consist of 6 weeks of banking on a Friday morning
in the church kitchen and then every Friday afternoon they will be sold / or given
away / or donations in the Magpie Cafe. It will teach 6 Arches Local residents (3
local TP clients & 3 local people that engage with the AllSaints community project.
The idea is that it gets the Magpie Cafe buzzing on a Friday afternoon and bring the locals together.

Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


We have received a funding enquiry about the Magpie Growers
project from All Saints Community Project Trust, before any
further discussions I have requested an update on how the
project has progressed since the last funding provided by Arches
Local around the monitoring and reporting element contained in
the funding agreement ALFA001.

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Turn the car park into an


Urban beach in July-August Winter wonderland skating in
Dec with snow decorations

CED Plan -Social Investment


We have been very busy delivering elements of
the CED plan we have created the survey with
1000 printed out and an online version via
survey monkey. We held our 1st engagement on
the 23rd of February we also invite Medway Time
Credit who ran Note design workshop. Rosie
from Involving Medway was also on hand to help
and the Community Researchers collected lots of
completed surveys and spoke to people about
the project and CED car park plans.

The Medway Messenger came down and took


photos and we were in the paper on the 9th of
March Page 24 where it spoke about the
introduction of Medway Time Credit.

We received an update from Lorraine who gave apologies around


misleading us.

Your draft plan does not have to be ready until the end of April
with final plans by end of May 2017. I know you were all being
given an extra month but I assumed it was a month after the end
of March (which was the final deadline in the first round of the
programme).

This gives us more time to get the report ready which is welcome.
but we still must spend all the grant by 31st of March 2017 and
report back to Groundworks by the 14th of April 2017 and money
not spent must be returned.

Survey of residents and Awareness Raising


businesses £2,500 Event £200

Business Support event


Publicity £600
for potential stall
holders £1,600

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We have another awareness event planned for the Tuesday 21st of March at the Magpie Community
Centre Café like what we did previously and we hope Medway Time Credits will be in attendance
again.

The NEF workshop at the Nucleus Arts Centre on Tuesday the 28th of March from
11 am till 3 pm. Which will discuss the market and the impact of our ideas would
be great to have some of the partnership attend.

We met with Lisa Oulton from www.futurefoundry.org.uk who will be delivering the Business
Support event on the 30th of March from the Magpie Community Centre Café for the local
community and a session to pupils at Victory Academy with a view to identifying some for ongoing
mentoring. We believe that a vibrant market and positive buzz will be created from Future Foundry
involvement which will be great to see at Luton Road Shoppers Car Park.

What is Community Economic Development?

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-economic-development/

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Summer Event (8th July 2017), XMAS 2017


From the community researcher information collected on Sunday, the 18th of December we have
created the below wordle’s the Arches Local logo is made up all the things people want as change
and unhappy and smile face are self-explanatory.

For the Summer Event to be held at Luton Millennium Green we have booked the hog roast again
and booked 2 Face Painters this time. From meetings, we have had with Medway Sport they will be
coming on the day in line with our getting active theme will be providing sporting event/activities.
Kent police have confirmed subject to operational demands they will be on hand again with a police
car for the kids to enjoy. We plan to book entertainment and are in discussions with local’s
musicians/singers around providing music. It might be prudent to book in a date for our Christmas
event.

Arches Local Community Hub / Veolia Bid


I was contacted by Rob Hargreaves from Veolia Trust where I spoke to him about Arches Local and
our application. It was a positive conversation but unfortunately, due to being unable to find a
resolution to certain issues of location and planning permission the application has been withdrawn
which is obviously disappointing especially around the time, it’s gone on for. This has led to
conversations as we have to fund in place about occupying one of the many empty shop fronts on
Luton Road or top of the high street i.e. for a year to 6 months on a short-term lease with a 6-month
break clause. That we could use a base for the project offering the community an easily accessible
space that we could also use to house our additional worker and act as a platform for delivering
elements of our plan and raise the profile of the Arches Local.

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Too many to mention summary


In summary in February 2017
Met with James from Streetgames at the Magpie Cafe to discuss the Arches Local
project and happy to announce after applying we have heard back from
Streetgames are now officially Street Marked.

We have also submitted a bid to Sports England for 10k grant to run a Fit and Fed
project over the Summer Holidays in partnership with Streetgames and Medway
Sport using Luton Millennium Green and Victory Academy as the delivery
locations. Fingers crossed we will be successful. We must fund or seek to fund for
the Fed element which is approximately £912 plan to ask Tesco or Asda if they
would be interested in supporting the Fed part.

Attended the LGiu Community Collaboration


roundtable 22nd February 2017 with Vince Maple
there were interesting discussions, was great to
hear from the new Local Trust chief Matt Leach. We
also had the opportunity to speak about Arches
Local and our experiences. There were notes that
were created from the meeting which I have
provided.

We were contacted by Tracey Crouch about the World Para Athletics


Championships about her efforts to open an offer only available to London
Borough School providing discounted tickets to open it up to all Schools. She
requested would we help Luton Junior School Year 6 attend the event with the
travel and ticket costs. Knowing that the school had tried to visit the Olympic
Stadium before 2012 only to have the day spoiled by a security alert meaning
they could not leave the coach though this was a great opportunity to correct
that and it was in in line with our aims around things for young people to do and
our getting active theme of summer event. It was suggested to the school after
speaking with the Chair that we cover the cost of this trip to enable all those
wanting to attend

We have submitted a bid (£1666.67) for Lego and Lunch


project over the summer holidays from the project dirt
if successful with Arches Local match funding elements
for providing Lunches and Prizes approximately £600. It
will run three times a week for 4 weeks employing 3
people locally to deliver it will be aimed at families who
qualify for free school meals.

Went along to Dolly Morgan RWVS afternoon tea event the 3rd one that we have supported was
unfortunately only as quick visit this time did speak to a few that attended about the CED survey.
Looking forward to the next event and being able to spend more time at it.

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Attended the Mangers Tea at Pembroke Court and spoke to the residents about the Arches Local
project and possibility of future events and residents helping with the ideas and organizing of them.
Was a positive meeting with some great ideas one being having somewhere to sit between Go
Outdoors and Pembroke Court. Many were excited about the health and wellbeing event we have
arranged transport on the 15th of March up at the Dockyard.

Attended the Young Foundation event at Café Sunlight in Chatham was great
hearing new and innovative idea around education delivery. On hand giving
interesting presentations were Copperhouse Activity Training and MYT. The
only disappointing thing was the turn out from stakeholders in education
Medway though holding on the day Medway Test results were announced was
probably not a great idea as I sat refreshing my phone at 4 pm.

Storm Doris left her mark on the area 2 trees


were blown down one being the tree that we
requested Medway Council to remove due to
antisocial behaviour around it but they chose
to just cut it back. Well, it appears it was
rotten and Doris blew it over crushing 2 cars
on its way one belonging to a teacher at All
Saints. Hopefully, the remainder will be
removed as it was a tree many children
played around since being cut back earlier in
the year.

We met with Mark Roughedge from Medway


Sport at Luton Millennium Green to discuss
Park sport events to be held there in May
and coinciding with Summer Event in July.

Met with Dalia Halpern to


discuss Arches Local project
and Nucleus Arts working
together.

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April 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update
“I and Peter Vogel met with Medway Council in January to discuss
the Peoples Postcode Trust element of the pocket park, they
informed us that the Tesco green bag playground equipment will
be installed in the park in the spring.”

Medway Council has contacted myself and Medway Plus as they


wanted to discuss a potential HLF bid to do something in the park
around the amphitheatre. The play equipment funding by the
Tesco’s bags of help has still not been installed though we were
told in the spring. No further discussions have been had about the
Arches Local match funding element of Post Code Lottery Trust
successful bid.

The park is in full bloom and looking great and lots more people
are using it as can be seen from the long uncut grass on the outer
ring to the worn central areas of the pocket park where people
have been. Have spoken Medway Plus re maintenance (Tony
Palmer) as it would appear there has been little done and the
brambles can be clearly seen to be coming back in the wild flower
meadow which is disappointing.

Plans to organize a regular litter pick and general maintenance of the park awarding Medway Time
Credits for those volunteering time and utilizing the Magpie Growers.

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Luton Arches Regeneration


Update
Incident: 161005-000254

February 2017 Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne; regarding


pigeon netting at Luton Arches within your constituency.

“We will, of course, contact you as soon as the timescale for this work is confirmed. Once again,
please accept our apologies for the time it has taken for this work to be carried out and the
inconvenience this has caused to both yourself and your constituents. “

We have had no update regarding any planned works will look to ascertain from any
permission given for road closure that may indicate any planned works have contacted Network Rail
for an update.

The http://theediblebusstop.org/ contacted me and explained that in short wanted more money
than the partnership agreed; I explained what we wanted again and hope for some sort of
compromise. Given the prep work that had already been carried out by Meiloci what they were
being asked to deliver I felt the budget was adequate. Unfortunately, they have not replied though
from events with JCDecaux this may now be fortunate.

Phil Drye Managing Director JCDecaux quote;

With regards to the second point your raise about enhancing the local area, we would very much
welcome the opportunity to engage with Arches Local in order to work in partnership with them on
trying to find a mutually beneficial solution. To this end, I suggest they get in touch with me direct.

On the 5th of April, we noticed that an Auction sign had gone up at the site
owned by JCDecaux we had been in discussion about working in partnership
to regenerate.

I contacted the Agent Lambert Smith Hampton who confirmed that


JCDecaux had put it up for auction on the 8th of May and that they would
send me more details next week.

Later that day I received a sheepish phone call from Phil Drye who told me “in confidence” that they
now planned to sell the site. I explained that we were already aware of this having seen the boards
and contacting the agent. He raised that there was no point in meeting due to them selling the land.
I conveyed our disappointment that we would no longer be meeting, how we were all looking
forward and excited to discuss the possibility of working in collaboration together on improving that
area. I did thank him for getting in contact with us though to discuss the site. We are also very
grateful to Tracy Crouch MP for being instrumental in facilitating this initial conversation. Though
bitterly disappointed that this meeting has been cancelled the door has been left open to further
discussions about that site, which have currently been put on pause until after the 8th of May when
we will know if they could sell the land and who in that case has purchased it and their plans.

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We are fortunate due in part to the large volume of work around the CED plan, Lego Clubs,
Streetgames Fit and Fed, Arches Local community hub, organizing events and introduction of
Medway Time Credits to name a few. With plans to print up the Meiloci on A2/A3 boards to take
with us along with other associated Arches Local information now on hold and that we had not spent
money on Edible Bus Stop designing plans for an area that JCDecaux envisages may be developed
into housing “Arches View”.

On the 27th of March, I received an email from Medway Council re the


painting of the railing around the Luton Arches firstly asking if I was seated
with several detailed quotes attached amounting to £30k from Volker
Highway to paint the railing. I replied to the email asking to arrange another
meeting preferable at the end of April to discuss what had changed from the
original plan which as yet has had no reply to or update on what changed.

Little confused as the last conversations unless I missed something was about Arches Local providing
funding £1,000 to provide paint for Mid Kent College students to do the painting which I thought was
still the plan and the partnership agreed to.

Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park”


Section 215, Road Safety
As can be seen on Luton Road massive improvements have been
made to many of the fronts of buildings most notably the Accountants and
the building next to it which is great to see and a derivative of the Section
215 work. There has been talking locally with a new Maplin planned in
Strood that the Maplin on Luton Road could close this clearly would be a
big loss to the area. We have asked also asked the council for any update
or details on plans to make Luton Road Shoppers Car Park pay and display.

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Funding Agreement Projects Updates.

ALFA003 Funding Agreement Riverside One Studios

No Change have spoken to Monika Oracova had she received the video and we are still
eagerly awaiting it from Jamie of the project who had previously said that technical glitches
have caused it to be delayed. Jamie has submitted his final invoice and it still awaiting
payment on completion of the project (delivery of the video).

ALFA004 Funding Agreement Copperhouse Adventure Training

Copperhouse event at Luton Millennium Green with All Saints CofE Year 5 children on
Tuesday 14th March was a great success with pupils having a fantastic time and positive
comments from the teachers and the local community that saw the children in the park.

The day was captured by Steve Tomlin with a


video https://vimeo.com/208631451 and some
fantastic photos one used for the Involving Medway
post card.

Very happy to support us again was the community


team from our local Tesco’s giving healthy eating
advice information and food to eat from their great
Farm to Fork program.

The children took part in lots of fun activities


throughout the day including team building where
they worked together solving fun tasks.

We look forward to Luton Junior School earning their John Muir award seeing Copper House at
school summer fetes and the development of the Youth Panel with Victory Academy.

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ALFA005 Funding Agreement Creatabot – Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre

The final session was held during the February half term here are some of the photos from the
latest session.

ALFA006 Funding Agreement Medway Plus- Luton Millennium Green (People’s Postcode
Lottery) Pocket Park

We are still awaiting the installation of play equipment paid for by the green bags Tesco
money to be actioned by Medway Council who have recently restated that it will be installed
soon. We still await any contact/reply from Medway Council re the large piece of play
equipment. Still waiting for discussions to look at alternative options i.e a similar community-led
project like our Snaeil Bench to do over the summer.

ALFA007 Funding Agreement Magpie Cafe Manager

We continued to utilize the Magpie Café during March for CED awareness and
business development events which were all well attended and Tammy did a
great job providing food and support to insure the success of the event.

ALFA008 Funding Agreement METCIC - 3 sponsored places in English and Maths classes

METCIC have been paid the 2nd instalment with 1 more payment due we look forward to
seeing the progress and reading the next update.

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ALFA009 Funding Agreement Creatabot - Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre Part 2

The funding agreement has been signed the dates are as follow but may be subject to some
change due to success in other funding bids.

Tuesdays 11am-1pm in 2017

4th April
30th May
1st August
22nd August
24th October

ALFA010 Funding Agreement Turning Point - Baking School

Just awaiting an invoice now to raise funding agreement.


The project will consist of 6 weeks of baking on a Friday
morning in the church kitchen and then every Friday afternoon they will be sold / or
given away / or donations in the Magpie Cafe. It will teach 6 Arches Local Residents
(3 local TP clients & 3 local people that engage with the All Saints community
project). The idea is that it gets the Magpie Cafe buzzing on a Friday afternoon and
bring the locals together.

Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


We have received a report from All Saints Community
Project Trust about the Magpie Growers regarding Funding
Agreement ALFA001 which has been made available to the
partnership.

Early discussion has begun around paying the Magpie


Growers to maintain elements of the pocket park and
rewarding those volunteering with time credits. Instead of
just providing funding similarly to Funding Agreement
ALFA001.

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Turn the car park into


Turn the Car Park into a Giant
community outdoor gym
Wool Shop

CED Plan -Social Investment


Your draft plan does not have to be ready until the end of April with final plans by end
of May 2017.

It has been a busy period delivering the final elements of the CED grant before the
31st of March. We had another awareness event on the 23rd of March at the Magpie
Café where we recorded some the opinions and thoughts in the 13 Local Voices
video. https://vimeo.com/210732334 Myself and Paul Pickford attended the CED
wrap up event in London on the 27th of March Where representatives from NEF and
COOP-UK spoke about next steps and we got to share and listen to how others had
experienced the program so far.

We had Future Foundry down on the 30th of March as the final part of our
Community Economic Development delivery stage around business development in
having a market at the Luton Road Shoppers car park they spoke to people locally
about what it takes to run Market and stall ideas.

Future Foundry’s projects bring young people together with


people in their communities that can help them progress
creating connections and highlighting pathways. They
promote the creative industries and encourage people to be
inspired by, and access creative training and cultural events.
By bringing together the very different approaches of the
creative, environmental and business sectors, Future Foundry
acts to resolve the real economic, spatial and social problems
faced by our communities.

We were hosted in the morning at Victory Academy where


they spoke to pupils studying business studies about ideas
around what could you sell at a market and how to make it
happen.

Sixth Form students also took part in discussions talking about


and sharing their ideas on the Market.

The pupils were asked to note down and present their ideas
with some interesting themes and ideas arising from the earlier discussions.

Later on in the day, we were back down at the Magpie Community Centre running a workshop
discussion with the local community.

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On the 28th of March, local organizations and residents met with


Rachel from New Economic foundation to discuss the Market concept.
It was an interesting workshop with great discussions around the
market and the area

Things brought up included;

• Less dense housing

• Straightforward road system

• Visually made more attractive

• Street food

• Good mix of shops

• Local Workforce

We look forward to www.futurefoundry.org.uk who will be delivering more Business Support event
and ongoing mentoring and getting the report finished and testing the Market idea.

What is Community Economic Development?

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-economic-development/

Summer Event (8th July 2017)


For the Summer Event to be held at Luton Millennium Green we have booked the hog roast again
and booked 2 Face Painters this time. From meetings, we have had with Medway Sport they will be
coming on the day in line with our getting active theme will be providing sporting event/activities.
Kent police have confirmed subject to operational demands they will be on hand again with a police
car for the kids to enjoy. We have booked Lucky from Music for change who will be delivering a
music and storytelling workshop.

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Community Hub
Leading on from discussions at the last partnership meeting:

There was unanimous agreement to progress this idea; to draft a programme of work to assess
feasibility, locate a suitable venue(s), costings etc. It was decided to commission an external party to
undertake this piece of work.

We met with Sophie Price (who will be leading up elements of the project) on the 5th of April to
discuss the scope of the project and agree on terms.

Phase 1 which consists of;

1. Secure premises (2-3 weeks)

2. Develop a business plan/model (1 week)

3. Develop a governance structure/the vision and objectives of the hub linked to the plan (1
week)

4. Identify and create a list of stakeholders/partners who may want to utilise space. (1 week)

5. Employment of Arches Local worker to be based part-time from the hub. (at core times)
(discuss/commence 18th April - 24th April)

We also discussed the need for setting a budget for start-up costs i.e. furniture, tea, coffee, etc and
external funding opportunities i.e Veolia, Involving Medway small grant pots.

We agreed to meet on the 28th of April to discuss the progress of Phase 1.

On the agreement that the delivery of phase one has been successfully completed by the 5th of May
this would trigger a payment of £2,500. We would then look to discuss the scope and aims of phase
2, who would deliver this element, and the feasibility of the remaining budget agreed by the
partnership in achieving this work. With the aim of presenting the concepts of phase 2 and the
completed progress of phase 1 at the May steering group meeting.

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Too many to mention summary.


In summary in March/April 2017
The Medway Time Credit Note was unveiled with residents not
only providing the inspiration but also us
providing some of the photos used.

No one is useless in this world who lightens the


burdens of another.

We have been successful with our bid (£1666.67) for Lego and
Lunch project over the summer holidays from the project dirt.
Arches Local match funding elements for providing Lunches
and Prizes approximately £600. It will run 2 3 hour sessions a
week for 4 weeks employing 3 local people to deliver it will be
aimed at families who qualify for free school meals. Will speak
to Tesco and Asda about possibly helping with the healthy
lunch element. #welovechatham

Involving Medway was successfully launched


at St George Hotel in Chatham

Time to get involved in building a healthier


Medway

Grants of up to £1,500 will soon be available to


Medway community groups looking to engage
residents to support healthier living and
more active communities.

The scheme is part of Involving Medway, a


new initiative designed to encourage people to
get involved with and help make decisions about
health provision in the area.

The one-year pilot project is funded by Medway Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which is
responsible for planning and buying local NHS services.

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May 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update

“Please be aware that the Natural Play Equipment installation will commence on the 5th June.
The contractors should not be on site any longer than a week. Any issues, please do not
hesitate to contact me.”

Great news it has been confirmed by Medway Council that the new play equipment will be
installed from the 6th of June. No further discussions have been had about the Arches Local match
funding element of Post Code Lottery Trust successful bid.

Still waiting to meet with Tony Palmer and have a meeting planned next week with
All Saints Community Project Trust to discuss the Magpie Growers and possible
regular involvement at the pocket park with plans to organize a regular litter pick
and general maintenance of the park awarding Medway Time Credits. This is now
more important with the new equipment going in.

Medway sport On the 12th of May ran their first


ParkSport event at Luton Millennium Green with
Tennis, Table Tennis, Tag Archery, American Football
and Parkour which was really popular.
It was quiet though there are a few possible factors
for this late advertising, the weather in the morning,
SATs at Schools previous week and a Schools on
School trips. Those that did come out had a great
time and with a similar setup on the 8th of July
should make for a great day with all the other stuff
planned. Spoke to the people doing the Parkour
about possibly doing some sessions of for young
people in the Arches Local area as it was so popular
on the day.

https://www.facebook.com/retraceuringsteps/

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Luton Arches Regeneration Update


Incident: 161005-000254

February 2017 Chief Executive of Network Rail,


Mark Carne; regarding pigeon netting at Luton
Arches within your constituency.

Network Rail

We will, of course, contact you as soon as the timescale for this work is confirmed. Once again,
please accept our apologies for the time it has taken for this work to be carried out and the
inconvenience this has caused to both yourself and your constituents.

Medway Council

We haven’t received any road closure requests from Network Rail yet. I’ll let you know as soon as we
do.

We have further contacted Network Rail as from conversations from Medway Council that Network
Rail has not asked for permission to close the roads we have not yet received a reply.

I have spoken to http://theediblebusstop.org/ we have mutually agreed to put any planned work on
hold until we find out what the plans are for the area previously owned by JCDecaux

The plot of land Arches View went up for


auction on the 8th of May and sold for
£140,000.00 JCDecaux envisage may be
developed into housing “Arches View”.
We will contact JCDecaux in early June as
they said that they would inform us of
who it was sold to and their intentions.
We have also contacted the estate agent
for any details on the sale

I have still not received any reply or update from Medway Council about the painting of the railing or
any other improvement discussed earlier in the year with Local Councilors which is disappointing
though appreciating they are probably very busy.

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Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section


215, Road Safety
Have not yet had any update from the council on any plans to
make Luton Road Shoppers Car Park pay and display and any
details. The scaffolding has come down at the top of the Luton Road with the potential Hub building
and the Accountants office looking regenerated. We have been informed that other building along
that part of Luton Road will be coming available with planned renovations. Road Safety has
improved at the school though it will return to back where it was without further investment and
planning.

Funding Agreement Projects Updates.

ALFA003

Funding Agreement Riverside One Studios


I have spoken to Jamie Johnson who told me that the video is finished we can then release
the final payment and I have met with him to discuss a potential project with an Arches Local
resident who will be celebrating his 90th about recording some songs at the studio as part of a
community project.

ALFA004 Funding Agreement Copperhouse Adventure Training


Copperhouse have begun the youth panel with Victory Academy with the first meeting held on
the 8th of May at Fort Luton with lots discussed we look forward to hearing more details
Now that the SATS are behind us we look forward to Luton Junior School starting to earn their
John Muir award and have been contacted by All Saints Primary School about arranging the
year 6th event.

ALFA006 Funding Agreement Medway Plus- Luton Millennium Green (People’s Postcode
Lottery) Pocket Park
With the date now for installation of play equipment paid for by the green bags Tesco money to
that element of the project will be finished. We still await any contact/reply from Medway
Council re the large piece of play equipment. Still waiting for discussions to look at alternative
options i.e. a similar community-led project like our Snaeil Bench to do over the summer.

ALFA007 Funding Agreement Magpie Cafe Manager


Tammy is working hard at the Magpie Café with new menu items including
Burgers that I am told are delicious the Café looks and feels busier which is
great. I have spoken to lots of people who are planning to go there hearing that
it was a great place.

ALFA008 Funding Agreement METCIC - 3 sponsored places in English and Maths classes
METCIC have 1 more payment due we look forward to seeing the progress and reading the
next update.

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ALFA009 Funding Agreement Creatabot - Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre Part 2
We have asked to change the dates planned in August so that we can use them for our Lunch
and Lego sessions. We envisage they will be moved to later in the year.

Tuesdays 11am-1pm in 2017

4th April
30th May
1st August
22nd August
24th October

ALFA010 Funding Agreement Turning Point - Baking School


The Funding agreement for the Baking School has been raised and signed. The
sessions have been running for 3 weeks now and have been successful with the
participants and customers in the café enjoying the great music and free cakes.
Has created a great buzz and atmosphere in the Café on a Friday! Creating that
“Its Friday Feeling”

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Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


We have a meeting planned on 18th of May with Linda of ASCPT and Jeremy of Magpie Growers to
discuss their Gardening group. Paul Pickford & Richard Hasemore of Gillingham Town FC and I am
arranging to meet with them to discuss further which could be good timing with our getting the
active theme of our summer event.

CED Plan -Social Investment


Your draft plan does not have to be ready until the end of April with final plans by end of May 2017.

Thanks for submitting the draft plan; it's in great shape, one of the best we've received so far. This
has been reviewed with feedback provided in the attached. Hopefully, this is self-explanatory, but do
get in touch if you've any questions.

Thanks for all the work to date

We have submitted our draft CED plan which is has been made available to the partnership and have
received favorable feedback from the program. Have a meeting planned to discuss the feedback on
19th of May and then for the final submission and inclusion in Medway Council Local Plan.

We look forward to www.futurefoundry.org.uk who will be delivering more Business Support events
and ongoing mentoring and testing the Market idea locally.

What is Community Economic Development?

http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-economic-development/

Summer Event (8th July 2017)


For the Summer Event to be held at Luton Millennium Green we have booked the hog roast again
and booked 2 Face Painters this time. From meetings, we have had with Medway Sport they will be

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coming on the day in line with our getting active theme will be providing sporting event/activities.
Kent police have confirmed subject to operational demands they will be on hand again with a police
car for the kids to enjoy. We have booked Lucky from Music for change who will be delivering a
music and storytelling workshop.

We were informed by the organization that provided the Hog Roast last year due to illness they
would not be able to do it this year but have arranged for someone else to do it for the same price
as last year. Lots of plans for another exciting event on the day hopefully!

Waiting on confirmation to Medway Plus from Medway Council giving permission that we can use
the park for the event on that day we do not envisage that there will be any problems with that.

Community Hub/Worker
Leading on from discussions at the last partnership meeting and progress on phase 1.

The was unanimous agreement to progress this idea; to draft a programme of work to assess
feasibility, locate a suitable venue(s), costings etc. It was decided to commission an external party to
undertake this piece of work.

Phase 1 which consists of;

1. Secure premises (2-3 weeks)

2. Develop a business plan/model (1 week)

3. Develop a governance structure/the vision and objectives of the hub linked to the plan (1
week)

4. Identify and create a list of stakeholders/partners who may want to utilise space. (1 week)

5. Employment of Arches Local worker to be based part-time from the hub. (at core times)
(discuss/commence 18th April - 24th April)

We met on the 28th of April with Sophie to discuss the progress of Phase 1 where it was discussed
and agreed.

• The owner has agreed to carry out sound proofing works requested by Medway Council at
2E Luton Rd and this will be ready in 6 weeks’ time. The council have added an 8 pm closing
time request in the original letter. I will support the owner in his application to change this.

• There are two potential options with Linda Matthews Estate Agents in a months’ time also.
We have agreed that I will review 2E Luton Rod progress in a month and view the other
properties if necessary.

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• To obtain a floor plan and start planning the shop lay out.

• That the floor plan layout work would be linked to the furniture cost/budget and possibly
sourcing furniture from Ikea.

• Re-write the JD for Project Coordinator so that it looked less formal and more accessible to
locals.

• About the Job Description keeping it simple. The words honest, reliable, enthusiastic, and
flexible were reflected.

• That the recruitment was linked in timing wise with securing the property.

• David Frankum will produce 'The Arches' logo within a month. He will charge between £200 -
£300 for this.

• the 8'Oclock closing time without this being addressed it was agreed that space would not
be viable.

• Investigating the insertion of a 6-month break clause in any lease.

• Potential problems with a shared utility bill, getting separate meters.

• Measurement of the hubs impact/use is innovative/different i.e feedback recording


thoughts and impact of hub using Emoji's, Post-it boards recording what people want to do

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As we have not signed a lease it was mutually agreed that Sophie will not be paid the entire amount
until this action is complete. It was agreed to pay £2000 with the remaining £500 will be paid when
the lease is signed.

We have created a job description, application and poster with details to be agreed by the
partnership with a view to agreeing on an interview panel and advertising immediately.

Too many to mention summary


In summary in March/April 2017
Attend the Spice Medway Credit admin meeting and spoke about Arches Local
involvement.

Met with WALT at the Magpie Cafe to discuss each other groups and working
together in the future on combined funding bids and projects have agreed to meet quarterly in the
future.

Attended and was asked to speak at the LGiU publication launch of Building Stronger
Communities about Arches Local experiences.

http://www.lgiu.org.uk/event/publication-launch-building-strong-communities/

We met with the Neil Howlett of Medway Council Community Safety Partnership to discuss Arches
Local and working together in the Area with a conversation about a bid to do a diversionary project
with the Police Crime Commissioner who we all remember from his visit to us before his
appointment.

We attended and enjoyed the Celebrate event organized by Medway Plus at the St Georges Centre
on the 20th of April

CED meeting with our Advisor Lorraine to discuss the draft plan and she explained why we did not
receive the Technical support from CO-OPs UK. Have another meeting planned Friday

We have together with Copperhouse Activity Training and Growth Rings submitted a funding bid
to Peoples Health Trust to run a Woodwork Ecology project entitled Earth Wood Fusion with
potential match funding of 3k from Arches Local for materials total bid of 15k.

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Met again with Medway Sport to discuss resubmitting our Sports England bid for the Fit and Fed
project park sports event at Luton Millennium Green on May 13th and our event on the 8th of July.
Spoke about creating potential sporting venues on the top of dis/under used multistory car parks.
We also discussed making available more opportunities for young people in the Arches Local area to
get active through participating in sport.

At the Spring Event in London, we will be presenting again this time around Using data for your Big
Local plan. With are the experience of the Analytical Volunteers program Darren from DTI will be
joining us around Data about Big Local areas. We have also been given access to Local Insight

Platform.

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June 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update

“Please be aware that the Natural Play Equipment installation will commence on the 5th June. The
contractors should not be on site any longer than a week. Any issues, please do not hesitate to
contact me.”

The play equipment was installed on the 5th of June we spoke to the
contractors at the end of the day they managed to install all the new play
equipment on that day and it was ready to play with that evening we did
ask if they were planning to leave the digger they brought behind it would
be useful ;)
Tony Palmer and his team have been down to the park and had a big
summer clear up of our area cutting out paths through the stunning
wildflower meadow, cutting the grass in the pocket park and general
maintenance of the area which looks great. Unfortunately, Medway Norse have not carried out any
recent work in the park not even cutting the grass that they use to. Medway Council informs us they
are arranging a meeting with Medway Norse to discuss the Pocket Park though we have asked them
to speak about the lack of any maintenance at the park in general.

Still, have plans to organize a regular litter pick and general maintenance of the park awarding
Medway Time Credits. This is now more important with the new equipment in place.

Luton Arches Regeneration Update


Incident: 161005-000254

February 2017 Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne; regarding pigeon netting at Luton
Arches within your constituency.

Network Rail

We will, of course, contact you as soon as the timescale for this work is confirmed. Once again,
please accept our apologies for the time it has taken for this work to be carried out and the
inconvenience this has caused to both yourself and your constituents.

Medway Council
We haven’t received any road closure requests from Network Rail yet. I’ll let you know as soon as we
do.

Still no contact from Medway Council about any planned road closures
and no update from Network Rail around anticipated work start date or
scope of works. Will contact Kelly Tolhurst now that the election is over to
see if her office can ascertain what is going on or not going on.

Have been contacted by JCDecaux as they indicated on who purchased the


land but no information on their plans.
Phil Drye has asked me to contact you as promised following the sale of one of our properties at
Luton Arches.

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We can now confirm that the sale is due to complete on 6th June and the new owner will be as
follows:

Wexham Homes Ltd of 27 Chalvey Road West, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 2NF

We have researched Wexham Homes Ltd before contacting them about their plans for the site.
There is very little information about the organization as they are newly set up though unfortunately
when looking at the directors the information we could find in the public domain was not very
positive.

In 2010, Mr ****** planning application for substandard flats in Chapel Street, In July councillors
granted permission for eight one bed flats and eight bedsits in Chapel Street, near the town centre.
Officers pointed out that the dwellings did not meet minimum standards on the size of rooms or
penetration of daylight, but the application was passed with the bizarre and unenforceable condition
that no one should be permitted to live there for more than a year.

There has been recent activity on the site with surveyors making measurements to our knowledge;
there is no planning permission that has currently gone in on that site. We are saddened that the
great examples of the housing developments built at Carpeaux Close and Eldon Street, Cross Street
are not the benchmark for future developments in that part of River and Arches Local area? That
undoubtedly all the positives that new housing development there will generate and we believe will
help change those areas into somewhere to be proud to live. Our fear is any good brought by those
developments will be nullified by what we would sometimes view as poor short-term thinking
housing shortage problem-solving decisions passed for new housing developments most recently on
New Road and Top of the High Street by the Luton Arches. Soon to be followed by a myriad of 1-bed
developments that just reach minimum space requirements that often treat tenant's like a
disposable commodity, including possibly in the future Loxley House on New Road, and what was
the Churchill's Pub on The Brook.

These proposed and agreed developments do not even appear to serve local housing demand and
are often used to house the exodus of often vulnerable individuals from London Boroughs or help
support local policy with the increased pressure on local resources already at breaking point. Would
the development of a Neighborhood Plan help shape future developments in this area to better
support Arches Locals and Medway Councils priorities/outcomes entrenched around making our
area a better place to live?

We have spoken to the local ward councillors and made them aware of the change of ownership of
the site and asked them would they support the investigating the development of a Neighborhood
plan for the Arches Local area.

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Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section 215, Road


Safety
We know the council plan to meet in early July to discuss the future of several sites under the threat
of disposal including the Luton Road Shoppers Car Park we have received no further information or
speculation other than has already been discussed.

Lots of work painting and front building work still being carried out along Luton Road part of the
section 215 project along Luton Road we have been involved in. Was also an article in the paper with
Medway Council Housing Officer Madeline Mead saying “Luton is a real community and most take
pride in where they live” It also spoke of similar work being carried out down the rest of Luton Road
which we would welcome and target other high problem areas and have communicated this to
Madeline.

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Funding Agreement Projects Updates

ALFA003 Funding Agreement Riverside One Studios


Have received the final video from Jamie Johnson which we have given a title
page we have submitted it to Victory Academy to make sure that the school and
students are happy with it and are still waiting to hear back from them before
making it Public. This has triggered the final payment to Jamie and the project is now
closed/finished.

ALFA004 Funding Agreement Copperhouse Adventure Training


Copperhouse youth panel which is held at Fort Luton continues to grow with more young people
getting involved and the first boys showing interest in the group
Luton Junior School, unfortunately, have contacted Copperhouse to say that they will not have
time to be involved with the John Muir award which is disappointing but does open other
opportunities for different year groups or schools. Waiting to confirm a plan with All Saints CofE
school year 6 pupils.

ALFA006 Funding Agreement Medway Plus- Luton Millennium Green (People’s Postcode
Lottery) Pocket Park
The installation of the new play equipment at the park now closes the Tesco Bags of Help
element. Medway Council has contacted us about plans around potentially developing a pump
track at Luton Millennium Green.

Some time ago I mentioned to you the idea of looking to build a sizeable pump track
at LMG and you expressed some interest in exploring BIG Lottery Luton Arches
match funding. Well, I am now v close to securing over £75,000 for a pump track in
Medway and was wondering if we could talk through the likelihood of the Arches
Board considering providing a match of at least £75k for a scheme at LMG or close
by?

ALFA007 Funding Agreement Magpie Cafe Manager


Tammy has been working hard with a new pricing structure for the café menu
and diversifying by selling children’s clothes. Business appears to be picking up
at key days and certain times at the Café.

ALFA008 Funding Agreement METCIC - 3 sponsored places in English and Maths classes
METCIC have 1 more payment due we look forward to seeing the progress and reading the
next update.

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ALFA009 Funding Agreement Creatabot - Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre Part 2
We have not set new dates yet for the dates now being used by the Lunch and Lego
Club we did attend briefly the Lego Club in the May half term and it was busy and
everyone was having great fun parents and children, as can been seen from the photos
very creative play using Lego
Current Dates (replaced dates in yellow)

Tuesdays 11am-1pm in 2017


4th April
30th May
1st August
22nd August
24th October

Lunch and Lego Club in August will be at the All Saints Church Hall with use of the
Kitchen with a meeting planned soon to finalize all details, sessions will be
headed up by Natasha.

ALFA010 Funding Agreement Turning Point - Baking School


The Funding agreement for the Baking School has come to an end it has been a great
success with the final day being a little quiet have had early discussions around repeating
this project with some changes.

Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


We have a met with Linda of ASCPT and Jeremy of Magpie Growers to discuss
their Gardening group. The Growers have been hard at work down at Luton
Millennium Green their proposal is centred around the Magpie Growers
investing in the local community and hopefully the grow the numbers of the
Magpie Growers.
We met with Paul Pickford & Richard Hasemore of Gillingham Town FC and
spoke about their bid we are waiting for them to put forward a more detailed
and costed plan from those discussions

We are still trying to arrange to meet with Libby and Colby from Medway Youth
Trust participants to discuss their funding
enquiry.

Again, this month there are not many transaction


on the spend report and the next payment from
Local Trust has not been drawn down.

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CED Plan -Social Investment


Thanks for submitting the draft plan, it's in great shape, one of the best
we've received so far. This has been reviewed with feedback provided in
the attached. Hopefully, this is self-explanatory, but do get in touch if
you've any questions.

Thanks for all the work to date

We have met on the 19th of May with our CED Advisor to discuss the
program feedback on our draft we addressed all the raised issues and
submitted the final plan as per the timetable.

We have received the below update from our CED Advisor about the next
steps of the program and we have completed the exit survey and await
resource pack and DCLG view and Endorsement.

• An exit survey - please do fill it in and give as full feedback - both positive and negative as you
can - it helps with a future round of support for CED.
• An Exit Pack with resources to help you move through the implementation of your plan.
• A DCLG view/endorsement of your plan which is planned to be by the end of June.

We have also submitted the CED plan as part of Medway Council Local Plan Consultation and have
received confirmation that it has been accepted we also copied in Councilor Adrian Gulvin, Medway
Council Chief Legal Officer Perry Holmes and Richard Hicks Director of Regeneration.

To whom it may concern,


Please find attached our Community Economic Development plan around having a market
development at the Luton Road Shoppers Car Park.

We believe that parts of our area are often forgotten about when there are consultations about the
regeneration of Medway or Central Chatham we would hope that future regeneration plans should
not stop just before the Luton Arches.

We would like to submit for consideration our Community Economic Development plan to be
reflected in any future regeneration strategy/program or any other relevant area you feel it would fit
within Medway Local Plan development options.

We believe that it will help Medway achieve many of its strategic regeneration and growth aims in
helping deliver the skills that the local economy needs and make our area a strong integrated
community with harmony between new and existing businesses and residents – where the benefits of
market development and investment are shared by the whole community.

That it will harness and foster the local creative talent in the area, provide more employment
opportunities and improve the employability of those involved. While some Arches Local Residents
will commute to jobs outside of the area, there were around 685 jobs in the Arches area in 2015,
down from 1,075 in 2011. With a population aged 16-64 of 3,400 people in 2015, this means there
was a “job density” of around 1 job in the area for every 5 residents.

We believe that for the area to be a place to be proud of and to better support those that live there
this trend needs to change. We know that the Market will be a vehicle for creating much-needed jobs

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locally, encourage local economic regeneration, help bring the whole community together both
residents and business. It will also have a positive impact on the environment as it will reduce the
amount of excessive commuting for those having to travel outside the area for shopping, or find
gainful employment and enhance the recycling facility currently on offer.

Thank you for your time and consideration of our request should you require any additional
information or wish to discuss anything further please do not hesitate to contact us.

We have spoken www.futurefoundry.org.uk about linking in a Business Support events and testing
the market concept in with our upcoming Summer Event.

What is Community Economic Development?


http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-economic-development/

Summer Event (8th July 2017)


The Summer Event to be held at Luton Millennium Green we have booked a hog roast again and 2
Face Painters. Medway Sport they will be coming on the day in line with our getting active theme
will be providing sporting event/activities. Kent police have confirmed subject to operational
demands they will be on hand again with a police car for the kids to enjoy. We have confirmed the
booking of Lucky from Music for change who will be delivering a music and storytelling workshop.
We have contacted all those attending to confirm they are still attending and provide up to date
details of the day.

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Medway Plus have submitted all the forms to Medway Council who have confirmed receiving them
just awaiting confirmation of permission that we can use the park for the event on that day we do
not envisage that there will be any problems with that.

Banner and posters have gone up around the local area and the social media
post have been well received with a larger number of shares and views than last
year and lots of interest shown.

We have organization contact us want to be involved on the day including Kite


Flying from Medway Working Age Group for Medway people with young onset
of Parkinson’s disease and Medway Youth service who plan to bring a large
inflatable goal.

We have asked C+S Crafts to create us some bracelets that we can give out to people on the day 50
adult and 50 children to commemorate the day. There will also be some stall for local organizations
to sell goods or talk about their projects

Need volunteers on the day to help setup and run the community researcher and Arches Local area
and help clear up at the end we now have a bin in the park but will still probably compliment that
with refuse sacks like we did last year.

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Community Hub/Worker
We met on the 28th of April with Sophie to discuss the progress of Phase 1 where it was discussed
and agreed.
• The owner has agreed to carry out sound proofing works requested by Medway Council at
2E Luton Rd and this will be ready in 6 weeks’ time. The council have added an 8 pm closing
time request in the original letter. I (SPr) will support the owner in his application to change
this.

Medway Council has requested that the sound proofing is increased Sait believes it sufficient
and is discussions with them.

• There are two potential options with Linda Matthews Estate Agents in a months’ time also.
We have agreed that I will review 2E Luton Rod progress in a month and view the other
properties if necessary.

I viewed one property currently operating as a beauty and massage business that is clearly
too small and was £400 per month including bills. A meeting was arranged by SPr to view
another property but Linda Matthews cancelled and this currently has not been arranged.

• To obtain a floor plan and start planning the shop lay out.

SPr provided this rough floor layout drawn by Sait we will look to get it drawn up properly to
enable it to be of any use regarding layout planning etc

• That the floor plan layout work would be linked to the furniture
cost/budget and possibly sourcing furniture from Ikea.

• Re-write the JD for Project Coordinator so that it looked less


formal and more accessible to locals.

• About the Job Description keeping it simple. The words honest,


reliable, enthusiastic, and flexible were reflected.

• SPr provided a re-write of the JD was communicated to SPr that with Charlie we had re-
worked it to the final that was used and the covering poster

• That the recruitment was linked in timing wise with securing the property.

We will most likely require alternative base for the new worker until we are successful in
security the hub

• David Frankum will produce 'The Arches' logo within a month. He will charge
between £200 - £300 for this.

Feedback from the meeting was given to David. I and Lindsay met with David
and provided more feedback with new versions provided for this meeting.

• the 8'Oclock closing time without this being addressed it was agreed that space
would not be viable.

• Investigating the insertion of a 6-month break clause in any lease.

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• Potential problems with a shared utility bill, getting separate meters.

It was communicated to SPr that I planned to source a copy of the Dover Big Local Hub lease
and provide it to Sait to assist him as we had not received anything from himself after
numerous requests.

Myself and Charlie have a meeting with Sait planned for Friday 16th of June where we will
have discussed the lease and discuss addressing the above issues

• Measurement of the hubs impact/use is innovative/different i.e feedback recording


thoughts and impact of hub using Emoji's, Post-it boards recording what people
want to do

We have not discussed or received anything further on measuring the hubs impact

As we have not signed a lease it was mutually agreed that Sophie will not be paid the entire
amount until this action is complete. It was agreed to pay £2000 with the remaining £500
will be paid when the lease is signed.

We have not released any further payment to SPr as the trigger of signing the lease has not been met

The job description, application and poster have been advertised and has been well
received we are currently received 5 applications and it was also mentioned in the
Medway Messenger (for free)

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Too many to mention summary


In summary in May/June 2017
Arches Local has signed up to spend and earns partner with Spice Credits with
more details to come on spend and earn opportunities.

Attended the Volunteers Week Networking event at the Pentagon


Shopping Centre and spoke to the organisations there about Arches
Local including Walt, Red Cross.

http://www.mva.org.uk/news/volunteers-week-2017

Were invited by Copperhouse to speak with Roy Smith Youth Operations Manager
at Medway Council discuss Arches Local and working in partnership, attending the
and putting on an activity at our summer event and uses some funding they have
for infrastructure (10k) to open a discussion with Victory Academy around
developing a community entrance similar to Brompton Academy for accessing the
school’s facilities.

We met with Louise at All Saints Community Project and spoke about Arches Local and
discussed Private Landlord element of the plan the importance of having someone
independent carry out the work and involving the Universities in the area around
research and mapping the housing in the area.

Attended the Involving Medway Partnership Meeting where the main topic was discussing the
Theory of Change and measurement of the project. Involving Medway are on Twitter and Facebook
and actively engaging in the community including speaking with Dolly about arranging a boat trip.

Met with Medway Sport and Restructuring Steps about running a Parkour
Session over the 5 weeks of August on a Tuesday in the afternoon at a cost of
£1000.00 it has generated interest locally and was very popular at the Park Sports day
at Luton Millennium Green last Month. With discussion around bringing it indoors for
the Winter is looking to extend the session with a nominal cost attached £2.00 opening
it for people attending to be able to spend Medway Time Credits.

Spoke with Scott from SanFran Fitness around running activities based from the Luton
Millennium Green Over the summer holidays around family fitness, bounce fit,
boxercise. With the option of a nominal cost or moving to a nominal charge to
sustainable cost. Budget of £800 (£40ph)
Our sessions are also great for those children
not engaged with traditional sports as it is
essentially a fitness class. Sessions can be run
in a non-competitive format and as Boxercise
and Bounce Fit classes can be found in most
leisure centres and health clubs around the UK,
you are setting up an exercise habit for life.

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We organized a trip for Arches Local residents to attend the Battle of


Medway Commemoration Event held last week at The Historic Dockyard
Chatham.

Attended the RBLI Networking event held at their offices in Chatham spoke about Arches Local and
met with Dr Catherine Norwood of the Kings Family Practice and spoke about the project and
working together.

It was really good to meet you today and spend time talking about the local areas needs and how
the Surgery can be more proactive in this. We would like to increase our community involvement, for
the benefit of all, and so I am more than happy to meet further and explore ways of working
together.

We attended Spring Event in London where we presented about around Using


data for your Big Local plan with Darren from DTI and Emma Halliday. It was a
great day even better than last year and was great catching up with Big Local areas
we know and meeting new ones and discussing the program with Local Trust.

We will be attending the Film Festival on July the 1st

Thank you for submitting a film for the forthcoming Big Local Film Festival on 1st
July. We had a fantastic response with 40 films submitted, from which 20 have
been selected. The selection panel of Big Local residents, the Our Bigger Story team
and Local Trust really enjoyed watching all the films.

Your film Arches Local Summer Event July 2016 has been selected and we look
forward to it showing on the day.

Met with Grove Road Studios/Radio to discuss Community music Project and the recording
project with George. (£10ph)

Met with Luton Junior School to discuss the upcoming trip to the World Athletics
Championships confirm that the tickets have been confirmed and a coach booked
considering recent terrorist action we will open it up to more year groups to ensure that
we get as many children as possible involved spoke about the school plans to develop the
site next to the school into a forest school and opening it up to the community.

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July 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update
Medway Council previously informs us they arranged a meeting with Medway
Norse to discuss the Pocket Park though we have asked them to speak about the
lack of any maintenance at the park in general. We have received no
update on any meeting held and that Medway Norse failed to I am happy 1000000x as I know
maintain the park before the summer event as agreed. Works were that the wonderful people who
kindly carried out by Tony Palmer it is frustrating that we have not are making my baby (LMG)
seemed to move on will seek further clarification. bloom into the vision in my
dreams are AWESOME.
The transformation of the park to its current state is remarkable.
ERICA STUART

We have spoken to Medway Council about a funding opportunity and think it would be a great fit for
Town Hall Gardens given the history of the park;

Parks for People is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund
(HLF). The programme awards grants of between £100,000 and £5 million to revitalise historic parks
and cemeteries.

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_parks_people

In 1828 a new cemetery was opened in Whiffens Avenue in Chatham, as the churchyard at St Mary's
Church in Dock Road was overcrowded.

Burials continued until 1870, when the new cemetery opened in Maidstone Road (an extension to
the new cemetery, in Palmerston Road, was opened in 1912).
In 1905, the cemetery was opened as the Town Hall Gardens (the new town hall having been built
across Rope Walk in front of the cemetery on the corner of Whiffens Avenue and The Brook).

http://www.historicmedway.co.uk/chatham/burial_ground.htm

With its current run-down state and looking at the LSOA Medway 015E it is situated in is statistically
one of the most deprived in England, it would we feel be perfect for a Parks for People funding bid.

We have had some positive response from Medway Council and local councillors

This does indeed look like a great opportunity that will complement the wider regeneration proposals
we have for Chatham. I’ll have my guys follow this up with you. (Richard Hicks Director
Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation)

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A tremendous opportunity not to be missed! (Councilor Andrew Mackness)

Bids need to be in by end of August we have also included Medway Plus in conversations as a
potential partner.

We plan to have our first litter pick and natter including general maintenance of
the park awarding Medway Time Credits this Wednesday.

Luton Arches Regeneration Update


Incident: 161005-000254

February 2017 Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne regarding pigeon netting at Luton Arches
within your constituency.

Network Rail

We will of course contact you as soon as the timescale for this work is confirmed. Once again, please
accept our apologies for the time it has taken for this work to be carried out and the inconvenience
this has caused to both yourself and your constituents.

Medway Council

We haven’t received any road closure requests from Network Rail yet. I’ll let you know as soon as we
do.

Still no contact from Medway Council about any planned road closures and no
update from Network Rail around anticipated work start date or scope of works.
We have contacted Kelly Tolhurst to see if she can get an update on any planned
works.

Unfortunately, no works have been carried out by Network Rail as was


suggested around May/June or to date at Luton Arches. The environment under
the metal underbridge arch is the worst it has ever been only made somewhat
tenable by the weekly clean we helped facilitate.

There are dead pigeons (many appeared to be young and healthy) and bits of
dead pigeons falling from the netting daily and the replaced guttering has failed
with water dripping constantly in areas.

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To date, no planning permission has been put in on the Arches


Heights site from Wexham Homes Ltd. We will look to contact
Wexham Homes Ltd in the near future to ascertain their plans
for the site.

We have spoken to the local ward councillors and made them


aware of the change of ownership of the site and asked them
would they support the investigating the development of a
Neighbourhood plan for the Arches Local area.

Carl Adams has spoken to Tom Gilbert Senior Planner (Policy) at


Medway Council about the possibility of Arches Local having a neighbourhood plan who has
provided some information for us to digest and get back to him around arranging a meeting should
we wish to pursue it further

http://www.medway.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningpolicy/neighbourhoodplanning.aspx

Carl Adams has provided the details for Richard Eastham at Feria Urbanism they are design studio
with specialisms in neighbourhood planning, civic design, urban strategies and design training. This
combination of expertise allows our team to address contemporary place-making challenges in
positive and practical ways.

Richard is an urban designer and urban planner with extensive experience in the preparation
of design strategies and development frameworks. He has expertise in engaging with local
communities to help shape and influence emerging spatial strategies. http://www.feria-
urbanism.eu/

Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section 215, Road Safety

There is a cabinet meeting on the 11th of July where there will be discussions on sites under the
threat of disposal we could not find Luton Road Shoppers Car Park on the agenda but the mention of
the library contained within Thomas Aveling School we have received no further information
regarding the consultation or any future plans.

3.6 Cabinet Members through the Housing Special Projects Board have asked officers to commission
feasibility and financial viability work on a scheme for approximately 72 units on the Whiffens Car
park site. Officers will in due course be submitting a planning application for that site. This follows
closely on the granting of planning permission for 114 units on the Chatham Waterfront site. Both
sites are capable of development by one contractor and consideration is being given to that and also
the self-development by the Council of these key strategic urban centre sites.

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https://democracy.medway.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=3694&T=10

There has be murmurings of building housing on Town Hall Gardens Park which could be linked to
this.

Madeline Mead said that she would provide before and after photos of the work carried out along
Luton Road.

Funding Agreement Projects Updates.

ALFA004 Funding Agreement Copperhouse Adventure Training


Copperhouse youth panel which is held at Fort Luton still continues to grow with more young
people getting involved and the first boys showing interest in the group with some attendees
turning up to help out at the Summer Event
Waiting to confirm a plan with All Saints CofE school year 6 pupils.

ALFA006 Funding Agreement Medway Plus- Luton Millennium Green (People’s Postcode
Lottery) Pocket Park
Approx 10k of Match funding left of the People’s Postcode Lottery Element possible uses could
be funding the Magpie Growers to help maintain the park and work with Tony Palmer to further
develop and maintain the park and some more community seating.

ALFA007 Funding Agreement Magpie Cafe Manager


Tammy has been working hard the café is busy which linked to activities going
on in and around the centre. i.e knitting group

ALFA008 Funding Agreement METCIC - 3 sponsored places in English and Maths classes
METCIC have 1 more payment due Kathy has communicated that she will be invoicing for it
soon we look forward to seeing the progress and reading the next update.

ALFA009 Funding Agreement Creatabot - Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre Part 2
We have still not set new dates yet for the dates now being used by the Lunch and
Lego Club

Current Dates (replaced dates in yellow)


Tuesdays 11am-1pm in 2017
4th April
30th May
1st August
22nd August
24th October

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Can Confirm Lunch and Lego Club in August will be at the All Saints Church Hall with use of
the Kitchen with Dates agreed and Flyers have been drawn up and circulated. With
discussions around daily prizes and each week themed i.e Lego Batman, City Lego and Fruit
to be provided by Tesco it looks like it will be our best ever Lego Sessions.

Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


ASCPT and Magpie Growers to discuss their Gardening group. The Growers have continued work
down at Luton Millennium Green clearing areas and tending to the raised beds in the pocket park
linking their funding request to the match funding left for the post code lottery bid would mean that
we would not require a funding panel meeting

We as yet we not received or had any further discussions with Paul Pickford & Richard Hasemore
around Gillingham Town FC around their funding bid.

We met with Libby and Colby from Medway Youth Trust and discuss their funding enquiry. They
agreed to come back to us around ideas that provided a product/service for the area and possibly
being involved in the partnership.

Please find separately Junes spend report and to confirm the next payment from Local Trust has not
been drawn down.

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CED Plan -Social Investment


This is the end of this part of the Journey we have received our final “endorsement” of our plan from
DCLG and thanks from the organizers of the CED Program. We hope that the planning act as a lever
or catalyst to ensure that the Car Park is retained and has wider community use.

www.futurefoundry.org.uk attended the summer event chatted to local and plans in the
future to run a student makers market blending in local people who have markets or are
interested in running a stall

What is Community Economic Development?


http://mycommunity.org.uk/programme/community-economic-development/

New Offer Expression of Interest?

The Expression Of Interest - Deadline - 23rd July 11, 2017, The programme will start on January 1st,
2018. UnLtd and the 20 Big Local areas chosen will use the three months to April 2018 to agree the
actions and outcomes of the three-year programme and the Award making will start on April 1st,
2018.
It will be possible to roll over the Award pot at the end of year one and year two into the following
year. However, the Award pot must be spent by the end of year three.
Questions from the recent Star People Roundtable Lunch Event - London and South June 2017
Q: How much staff time will be required by the Big Local Partnership for this?
A: As much or as little as the partnership want, we can work very closely with you or UnLtd can be
more autonomous.
Q: Do I need to agree on this at a partnership meeting?
A: You need to agree as a partnership but if you can’t do this quickly, like at a meeting, you can go
round individual partnership members and talk to them getting approval.
Q: How much staff time will UnLtd commit to my area?
A: 1 day a week per area.
Q: We have a series of “themes of work” we need to stick to. Can the awards be given out to people
doing work in these areas?
A: Yes you can just give the awards money to people who are working in your themed areas. Or you
can be more flexible.

• An opportunity to be part of an exclusive offer. The programme is available to only 20 areas


in England
• Help so that Social Entrepreneurs can make your area a better place to live
• More residents who can make more money that stays in your area

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• More businesses and social ventures who are able to survive and carry on employing local
people
• More influence and control over the services you want in your area
• Help from us and from social entrepreneurs to turn your action plan into reality
• Getting involved in the Award making in your area
• Together create a sustainable legacy that keeps money in your area, creates jobs and makes
your place a better place to live.

Summer Event (8th July 2017)


The summer event was a major success with even more people attending than last
year and much more staying throughout the day there was a relaxed and have a
fun atmosphere. Apart from a few late notice cancellations and frantic
rearrangement, the day went to plan and the feedback on the day was all positive.
Big thank you for all of you that helped and all the activities providers on the day
especially those on the community research table. I think it would be great to keep
for the summer theme the “getting active” for next year and just apply some
twists on it. Now on to arranging the XMAS event at Town Hall Gardens with
thoughts of having an ice rink.

Thank you it was such


a good day the kids
had so much fun x

Michaela May Gordon

Community Hub/Worker

We had lots of interest for our advertised role of Arches Local Engagement Worker
with up to 12 applications that were wide and varied it was very difficult but we
managed to whittle this down to 5 and interviewed them at Nucleus Arts Centre
on the 21st of June big thank you to Natasha, Neville and Lindsay for giving up time
to help interview the applicants. All the applicants interviewed well and gave some
great answers to our question provided before the interview some I am sure we
will use in the future including a food festival and community pottery making.
You have been given £2000.00 to arrange an event of your choosing that must help
achieve an element of our year 2 plan i.e.
• how did you plan for it?
• what would it look like?
• what part of the plan did it impact and how?
• what happened after it was finished?
• Please feel free to be imaginative in the method in how you choose to describe the event and
answers any questions.

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Happy to confirm that Priti Kotecha-Varney was successful and started in the position last week and
attended the Summer Event and has been very busy arranging trips to diggerland the lunch and lego
and the summer activities planned at the park.

I and Charlie met with Sait on the 16th of June where we discussed the Luton Road 2e Space
things discussed at the meeting included;
1. Sait will talk to his solicitor about a short-term lease or tenancy agreement; the terms
to be included are:
• One year, with a 6-month break clause and 3 months’ notice period (?)
• Fixed rent at £1,000 per month
• 3 months’ deposit and rent to be paid in advance
• We will ensure that at the end of the agreement the property is returned in the same
condition as when it is handed to us
• We will pay ¼ of the water bill(s) (Varying on the occupation of the flats)
• Gas is on a separate meter
• Electricity is shown on separate meters on a combined bill
• Sait to be responsible for any damaged caused by water, pipes etc in the flats above

2. We understand that the soundproofing that the council required has been completed; Sait has
applied to have the condition removed and has been advised this can take 8 – 12 weeks.
• Stephen will contact the council and see whether this can be speeded up (Spoke to
planning and nothing can be done to speed up the process but that it was important
to adhere to all their requests)
3. We understand that the premises have an A1 license; (spoken to Katy and C&S crafts about
selling goods in the space to potentially avoid initially planning permission around change of
use)
4. Sait will install a burglar alarm we can also separately install CCTV
5. We will contact Kent Fire and Rescue for advice on smoke/CO2 alarms (Have contacted
home@kent.fire-uk.org around any advice or assistance they can provide around smoke and
CO2 alarms)
6. We will be putting the Arches logo on the window and signage. (I have spoken to Chatham
Printers who are confident they can provide and install a wrap and we are waiting hear back to
arrange a mutually convenient date to confirm the final logo with David Frankum)
7. We understand that here is currently an 8 pm opening limit imposed by the council and we will
contact them about this. (Have not heard back from Medway Council with regard to the status
of this)
8. That’s Sait will paint the walls a Magnolia colour paint and that the lighting would be finished
with a suspended ceiling.
9. We spoke about additional key holder and cleaning of the space Sait said he would discuss this
with his wife.

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Too many to mention summary


In summary in June/July 2017
Met with Tim Boden of St. Mary’s Amateur Boxing Club about past and
current situation their proposed move, plans to the site of the old scout
hut at Luton Millennium Green. Discussed use of space for the
community when not in boxing use/storage space (steel container)
access for water (community gardeners) and assisting in any bids they
put in to help build their new boxing gym with plans to meet up again to discuss further.

Invited to the Horsted Valley Walk About Medway Green Spaces Event, where we
discussed among many things future funding in the park (Section 106 money approx
£250k) and that LMG had not received any Medway Council Funding. Councilors from
Rochester who attended and members of Friends of Horsted Valley were blown away
with how the park/pocket park now looked especially the large wild flower meadow.

Met with Krishna Devi the Community Engagement Officer for Medway NHS Foundation Trust and
discussed her role and Arches Local project, Krishna also attended our Summer Event. They have
processes for patient, family and carer involvement in place and are also embarking on our biggest
programme of involving the local community through our Community Engagement Strategy so that
people can have their say about the future of healthcare services.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Krishna Devi, our
Community Engagement Officer on 07852 714954 or email
krishna.devi@nhs.net

Met with Victory Academy with Roy Smith Youth Operations Manager at Medway
Council to discuss their infrastructure (10k) funding and developing a community
entrance like Brompton Academy for accessing the school’s facilities. Discussions
were positive with some great ideas around where the entrance could be and how
it could open school facilities to the wider community. Look forward to further
discussions and progressing this concept.

We have arranged activities in August from SanFran Fitness and Restructuring


Steps providing Family fitness and Parkour sessions.

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We attended the Film Festival on July the 1st took part in the workshops on the day
and spoke about our Summer Event Video at the workshop it was shown at. Great
day meeting other Big Local areas and hearing what they had been up to and
seeing their videos.
http://localtrust.org.uk/library/blogs/big-local-film-festival-highlights

Met with Kirsty King of Medway Safeguarding Children Board discussed


Arches Local and there work around sexual exploitation, sex education
(healthy relationships), emerging gangs, vulnerable adults, drugs and
domestic abuse. Spoke about developing community champions that
would be received a laser accreditation (portfolio of evidence could be
video)
Was interview by Third Sector about the local community thoughts on Tracy Crouch
becoming the new charities minister.

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September 2017 Steering Group Meeting Notes


Luton Millennium Green Pocket Park Update
Medway Norse still are not maintaining the pocket park area or even cutting the grass by the main
entrance regularly, which currently looks in a terrible state. Spoke to Helen Blanche
(Medway Council Green Spaces Team) last week at the park and she rang them on
site to ascertain why they had not been cutting the grass at all I also raised that LITTER & NATTER
they no long tend the walkways that have become overgrown and hard to traverse Lovely morning
in places. helping out Arches
Local lovely chat
We also discussed with Helen about the S106 money allocated for Horstead with everyone feels
Valley she said that up to £50,000 was to be allocated to Luton Millennium Green part of thisgood
will be
helping out
spent on new signs and seating and punching a hole in the brambles by the entrance work which has
commenced this on Saturday with Tony Palmer. We also spoke about a piece of feature play Natnat Boswell
equipment at the park Helen said that Medway Council would provide £30,000 for a climbing
structure “Luton Millennium Climbing Dome” and asked if we could provide funding for the shortfall
£20,000.

Medway Plus in partnership with Arches Local did submit an EOI to Parks for People but the reply
from Heritage Lottery was that Medway Council would need to lead on any Parks for People bid.

Parks for People is a joint initiative between the Big Lottery Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund
(HLF). The programme awards grants of between £100,000 and £5 million to revitalise historic parks
and cemeteries.

https://www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/prog_parks_people

http://www.historicmedway.co.uk/chatham/burial_ground.htm

With its current run-down state and looking at the LSOA Medway 015E it is situated in is statistically
one of the most deprived in England, it would we feel be perfect for a Parks for People funding bid.

We have had some positive response from Medway Council and local councillors

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This does indeed look like a great opportunity that will complement the wider regeneration
proposals we have for Chatham. I’ll have my guys follow this up with you. (Richard Hicks Director
Regeneration, Culture, Environment and Transformation)
A tremendous opportunity not to be missed! (Councillor Andrew Mackness)
We have a meeting with Medway Council tomorrow to discuss the parks for people bid for Town Hall
Gardens. We hope to have more positive news from that meeting and look forward to revamping
the park and have spoken to Fort Amhurst about linking in with the reopening of the original
entrance close to the park on Barrier Road.

The Litter and Natter sessions up at the park have been popular over the
summer and into September with lots of people turning up, clearing loads of
litter and speaking about issues locally and general chit-chat. With
participants earning time credits to spend on our planned trip to Diggerland
or within the Spice network.

Luton Arches Regeneration Update


Incident: 161005-000254

February 2017 Chief Executive of Network Rail, Mark Carne, regarding


pigeon netting at Luton Arches within your constituency.

Network Rail

Dear Ms Tolhurst,

Further to my earlier email, our project team had a successful meeting with
the local authority on Tuesday regarding these works. We are aiming to start
work here at the end of September/start of October, dependent on securing
the necessary traffic management and pathway arrangements being granted
by the local authority.

I will be back in touch when the schedule of works is confirmed.

Kind regards,
Medway Council

Road closures being secured dependent on works being carried out on Chatham Hill.

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It’s great to have had some communication from Network Rail around planned works we also have
Medway Council onboard with departments communicating and working together to ensure the
best possible chance of this work being carried out to schedule. It is well timed as conditions down
at the arches are at their very worst in living memory.

To date, no planning permission has been put in on the Arches Heights site
from Wexham Homes Ltd.

Neighbourhood Planning - Parish Council


Tom Gilbert Senior Planner (Policy) at Medway Council has provided some information for us to
digest and get back to him around arranging a meeting should we wish to pursue it further.

http://www.medway.gov.uk/planningandbuilding/planningpolicy/neighbourhoodplanning.aspx

Richard is an urban designer and urban planner with extensive experience in the preparation
of design strategies and development frameworks. He has expertise in engaging with local
communities to help shape and influence emerging spatial strategies. http://www.feria-
urbanism.eu/

I have spoken to Richard at Feria Urbanism who were keen to be involved and was impressed with
our enthusiasm and keen to help us if they can I have invited them to attend a partnership meeting.

Things we discussed were the Neighbourhood grant support ending on 31st January where he
explained that any granted were prorated across a period which seemed strange rather than a fixed
amount will seek further clarification.

The most interesting part of the conversation was talking about the journey itself of developing a
plan and what can be uncovered which I feel will be the most important part for us than whether it
leads to any official report. The getting people together and unified getting them to express how
they want the current and future of their neighbourhood to look and feel

He mentioned their work in Southampton city centre – more urban, more challenging, more
interesting, more rewarding in certain ways that some of our rural projects. I see parallels here with
your circumstances.

http://feria-urbanism.eu/east-street/4589715050
I and Lindsay are attending a Create a Council Networking Event on the 31st of October sponsored by
the Big Lottery Fund we hope it will give us a better understanding of all the avenues and
opportunities open to us to effect positive change in our area

ABOUT

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Seeking to empower your community? Do you want to empower your community and improve your
local area? Did you know that setting up a new local parish or town council is one of the best ways to
achieve this?

To help communities regain control, NALC and Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Association of
Local Councils have announced that they will be hosting an event at NALC’s Annual Conference to
provide guidance to communities, who are interested in creating a local council to represent the
interests of the people living in their area.

Why is having a local council important?

Local councils are the first tier of government in England and are placed at the very heart of the local
community, giving them a voice and helping people feel more involved in the decisions that affect
them. Local councils are instrumental in giving power back to the people, providing communities with
the opportunity to take control of decisions made in their local area, around planning and
neighbourhood plans, how local services are run and how public assets should be looked after.

What makes local councils different to other electable bodies is that councillors on local councils
must be elected by the community they serve and are only eligible to be elected if they themselves
are a member of the community the local council is representing. This gives local councils that ‘ultra-
localism’ feel that other tiers of government don’t have.

Can any area have a local council?

In short, yes - there are approximately 10,000 local councils across England, which are made up of
80,000 councillors. At the moment, local councils only cover a third of England’s population and NALC
thinks it is vital that this figure increases to give everyone the opportunity to have a say on what
happens in their area.

How can I establish a local council to represent my area?

To establish a local council, you need to trigger a Community Governance Review. A Community
Governance Review can be triggered either by the principal authority themselves or by the
community, through the submission of a petition. To help communities understand the rules and
regulations of establishing a local council, NALC has provided guidance and handy tips on their
website, which you can view here.

To further their support to communities, NALC will be running a free event, which aims to inform
campaign groups how they can launch a local council. At the event, attendees will hear about a
number of communities’ campaigns to establish a local council, the issues they faced and how they
overcome them. Attendees will also hear from newly created councils, groups that are currently
going through the process of creating a council and views from a principle authority on what local
councils have provided for their community.

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NALC is urging members of campaign groups, local trusts and civic societies, who are interested in
establishing a local council to attend.

Importantly, it is a free session and you can attend


the rest of the NALC Annual Conference programme
on the second day for free as well. If that is not a
great incentive as it is, we will also pay reasonable
travel and subsistence costs.

The time is now to give your community a voice.

LOCATION

Double Tree by Hilton Hotel (Home of MK Dons


Football Club)
Stadium Way
West Bletchley
Milton Keynes
MK1 1ST

Luton Road “Shoppers Car Park” Section 215, Road


Safety
3.6 Cabinet Members through the Housing Special Projects Board have asked officers to commission
feasibility and financial viability work on a scheme for approximately 72 units on the Whiffens Car
park site. Officers will in due course be submitting a planning application for that site. This follows
closely on the granting of planning permission for 114 units on the Chatham Waterfront site. Both
sites are capable of development by one contractor and consideration is being given to that and also
the self-development by the Council of these key strategic urban centre sites.

https://democracy.medway.gov.uk/mgConvert2PDF.aspx?ID=3694&T=10

Madeline Mead said that she would provide before and after photos of the work carried out along
Luton Road we are still waiting to receive these.

We have been contacted by Anne Knight Economic Development Principal Officer Regeneration
Delivery Team at Medway Council who is working on reviewing the markets that the Council
supports and is keen to understand any other markets that are being developed in Medway so that
they have a holistic picture. We passed on our CED report about having a market at Luton Shoppers
Car Park.

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Funding Agreement Projects Updates

ALFA004 Funding Agreement Copperhouse Adventure Training


Copperhouse will be moving to a new fixed location at Fort Luton we look forward to them
speaking to some local primary school for outdoor learning opportunities and further
development of the youth panel to end this successful project

ALFA006 Funding Agreement Medway Plus- Luton Millennium Green (People’s Postcode
Lottery) Pocket Park
Some of Approx 10k of Match funding left of the People’s Postcode Lottery Element has been
used for a new funding agreement for the Magpie Growers £4k to help maintain the park and
for Tony Palmer £3k to further develop and maintain the park any remaining funding could be
used to help pay for the feature piece of play equipment.

ALFA007 Funding Agreement Magpie Cafe Manager


Tammy did a great job over the summer providing the fabulous lunches for
Lunch and Lego club and keeping the parents fed.

ALFA008 Funding Agreement METCIC - 3 sponsored places in English and Maths classes
We have received the final invoice from METCIC Kathy has provided a progress report
End of Year Report September 2017

Report on learners supported by Arches Local April to July 2017

Enofe (Luton Road) is one of the learners who Arches Local funding has supported throughout the
year, passed a further exam in July. She had already passed Functional Skills (FS) Speaking and
Listening Level 2 English in December 2016, Reading Level 2 and FS Maths Entry 3 in April 2017 and
she completed the three English Units with a pass at Level 2 in Writing, with a score of 100%. She
now has the full Level 2 certificate and she has texted to confirm she will be returning in September
to continue her Maths course.

Charlene (Edinburgh Rd) has continued to attend Maths and English classes and in April, she passed
FS Maths Entry 3. During the summer term, she began work on the next level, Level 1, and continued
her English studies. Although her teacher hoped she would be able to take FS English Speaking and
Listening Level 1 in June, she and her family were unwell. She has texted to confirm she is returning in
September to continue Maths and English.

Kerry (Thorold Rd) began part way through the year and also joined the patchwork project, Stitches,
Knots and Sails. At first, she needed considerable individual attention but when she returns in
September, she will be part of groups in Maths and English. During the 2 terms she attended, her
confidence improved greatly and she made friends amongst her fellow learners.

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Elena who benefited from Arches Local funding in the Autumn term 2016 has started a job in a
school and continues to also teach Russian in the Saturday school.

Great to see the impact our funding has had Kathy also said that METCIC and the learners are very
grateful for the support. When I have finalized the budget for this academic year, they may put in an
application for further funding if there are learners who meet the Arches Local eligibility criteria.

ALFA009 Funding Agreement Creatabot - Lego Club at All Saints Community Centre Part 2
We have still not set new dates next year for the dates that had been used by the Lunch and Lego
Club over the summer but look forward to the planned session
in the Oct half term

Current Dates (replaced dates in yellow)


Tuesdays 11am-1pm in 2017
4th April
30th May
1st August
22nd August
24th October

Spend Report & Grants/Funding Panel


Funding Enquiry Rhys and Alex on behalf of the New Horizons group

We have received a funding enquiry from Rhys and Alex about a planned
social action project to Africa the partnership may remember sponsoring a
boy living in the Arches Local Area to go with the new Horizons project to
Columbia.

The cost per participant to be part of New Horizons is £1400. I have provided details of their funding
enquiry.

We still not had any further discussions with Paul Pickford & Richard
Haselmore around Gillingham Town FC around their funding bid
We met again with Libby and Colby and other members of the youth
forum to discuss supporting their charity fete we agreed £200 in return
they would carry out some community research for us at an event
(unfortunately due to a communication breakdown not at that event)
and we designed and provided community researcher t-shirts for them
we look forward to seeing what local young people thoughts of our area
and what they know about Arches Local

Please find separately July and August spend report and to confirm the next payment from Local
Trust has not been drawn down.
Year 3 Plan and Year 2 Review
The funding agreement for the year 2 plan is due to finish in September 2017. We have contacted
Local trust to inform them that we plan to submit our year 2 plan review and year 3 plan in
November and requested an extension to the current plan like last year this time to the 31st of

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December 2017 which Local Trust have agreed to. Being mindful that we have not drawn down the
second payment and ensuring we have enough finance available.
The initial conversations around the year 3 plan is for the report not to be as concise as previous
plans but to be built around the core themes of last 2 years being and perhaps being spread over a
longer period than 1 year;

• Social Investment
providing support on issues around personal finance and budgeting, advice, counselling,
employment and training, health and life styles from our new community space and further
developing the idea of holding a market at Luton Shoppers Car Park i.e Taster Markets

• Open Spaces & the Environment


Further, develop Luton Millennium Green and start work on developing Town Hall Gardens
and work with Luton Junior School on opening their space to the wider community. Continue
conversation and apply pressure on the area in and around Luton Arches being improved.

• Private Rented Sector Housing


Combat the concerns about the quality of private sector rental housing and the
overcrowding of properties, the impact of poor housing on health and anti-social behaviour. By
pursuing and developing a Neighborhood plan together and investigate other forms i.e. ethical
letting

• Activities for Young People

Provide more affordable activities or locations in the area for young people to participate in
during their free time. Develop a multi-sport organization or affiliations to provide activities
locally building on the success of the events held over the summer

• Community Cohesion and Partnership Development & Delivery

The lack of cohesion in the community and that there is insufficient community connection.
The lack of local infrastructure, need for the development of the partnership structures and
capacity building for people to engage. Hold 3 awareness events one in the Spring, Summer
and Winter.

• Communication

Spreading the message about Arches Local. Look a developing different way of
communicating using the new community space as a focal point

• Drug & Alcohol Misuse and Dependency


The concerns in a rise of antisocial behaviour relating to drug & alcohol misuse locally across
all ages groups. Provide more diversionary activities expanding on our baking school and
Growth Rings project and work closely with organizations locally around recovery and
Medway Council Public health.

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The year 2 review will be constructed like last year review using my monthly meeting update notes
as the basis we aim to have drafts of both the new plan and the review for the partnership to
discuss7 at the October meeting.

Xmas Event 2017 Planning and Summer Activities 2017 Review


The XMAS event is to be held on Sunday 17th December at Town Hall Gardens preparations are well
underway headed up by Priti with provisional booking again for Reindeer and a Snow Globe. There
will be lots of other activities going on to keep children entertained and opportunities we hope to
have local people selling their wares with a festive market feel. We still need to book the park space
with the council and will look to use Medway Plus to facilitate this again this year.

The activities you did over the summer


looked incredible. Lunch and Lego
looked brilliant plus your parkour was
amazing. I look forward to seeing the
next chapter!!!

Tracey Crouch MP
Sports Minster

Thank you it was such a


good day the kids had so
much fun x

Michaela May Gordon

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The Summer 2017 activities were a real


success and something for us to use as a
framework for similar over the holiday
periods over the year.
Lego and Lunch was a raging success with
each day having a theme and daily
competition prizes each session was bumper
packed full of fun with wonderful feedback
from those that attended. A fabulous lunch
was provided made by Tammy at the Magpie
Café with fruit on some of the days provided
by our Local Tesco’s. We are very grateful to
the Pentagon centre who provided most the funding.

Throughout the summer in and around the park, we


encouraged children and their families to get active even on
occasion our Big Local Rep Carl
getting in on the action. Activities
were delivered by the Scott and
Claire of SanFran Fitness and included Lunch and Lego
Bouncefit, Yoga, Boxercise and circuit
Been to the Lego club 2 weeks running
training. Everyone enjoyed getting
now my kids absolutely love it and it
involved with even some of those that gets them out the house for few hours
participated wanting to be more so glad I found out about it or id be at a
involved in training to help deliver loose end the people who run it are fab
sessions locally. too.

Sarah Manewell
Also, around the park from the MHS MUGA were
Retraceuring Steps Parkour who delivered free Parkour sessions to
kids ranging from 4+ these were popular and have led to conversations around
providing additional sessions during the winter indoors with Victory Academy as a possible location.

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Community Hub
We are very close to signing the lease for 12 months for a space at 2e
Luton Road with the signing due to be completed by Wednesday. Then
the work will begin with furnished space, it looks amazing with new
floor and suspended ceiling and freshly painted walls.

One Issue remaining to note is that there is some reoccurring damp in


the front corner of the building that is due we think possibly to failed
drainage of next door this needs to be addressed though it is we feel
not significant to not occupy the space.

Still waiting to meet with David Frankum to finalise the Logo hoping to sort
that this or early next week to enable us to get signage up in the space.
I have included again the points from the meeting with Sait on the 16th of
June where we discussed the Luton Road 2e Space and updated the
narratives where appropriate;

1. Sait will talk to his solicitor about a short-term lease or tenancy agreement; the terms to be
included are:

• One year, with a 6-month break clause and 3 months’ notice period (?)

• Fixed rent at £1,000 per month

• 3 months’ deposit and rent to be paid in advance

• We will ensure that at the end of the agreement the property is returned in the same
condition as when it is handed to us

• We will pay ¼ of the water bill(s) (Varying on the occupation of the flats)

• Gas is on a separate meter

• Electricity is shown on separate meters on a combined bill

• Sait to be responsible for any damaged caused by water, pipes etc in the flats above

2. We understand that the soundproofing that the council required has been completed; Sait has
applied to have the condition removed and has been advised this can take 8 – 12 weeks.

• Stephen will contact the council and see whether this can be speeded up (Spoke to planning
and nothing can be done to speed up the process but that it was important to adhere to all
their requests)

3. We understand that the premises have an A1 license

(spoken to Katy and C&S crafts about selling a few goods in the space to potentially
avoid initially planning permission around change of use)

4. Sait will install a burglar alarm we can also separately install CCTV

5. We will contact Kent Fire and Rescue for advice on smoke/CO2 alarms (Have contacted
home@kent.fire-uk.org around any advice or assistance they can provide around smoke and
CO2 alarms)

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6. We will be putting the Arches logo on the window and signage. (I have spoken to Chatham
Printers who are confident they can provide and install a wrap and we are waiting hear back
to arrange a mutually convenient date to confirm the final logo with David Frankum)

7. We understand that here is currently an 8 pm opening limit imposed by the council and we will
contact them about this. (Still, Have not heard back from Medway Council about the status of
this)

8. That’s Sait will paint the walls a Magnolia colour paint and that the lighting would be finished
with a suspended ceiling.

9. We spoke about additional keyholder and cleaning of the space Sait said he would discuss this
with his wife.

Too many to mention summary


In summary in July/August 2017
We took a group of children from Luton Junior School and some Arches
Local families to the World Para athletics Championships at the Olympic
Stadium at Stratford it was a wonderful evening it was great seeing the
children coming alive cheering the athletes as they competed.

Met with Jeremy of the Magpie Growers to discuss their new funding agreement the ongoing
commitment and plans for Luton Millennium Green. Louise from ASCPT did ask if some funding they
had received for the Growers could be used before are and that it would not effect the current
arrangement per the new funding agreement. (ALFA011)

Met with Ian Garcia of Medway Council in charge of the


Community Wardens who provided us with a number of
litter pickers to be used at our Litter and Natter events at
LMG. We discussed arranging the wardens picking up the
litter bags every Wednesday after the litter pick at the
park. We spoke about the Arches and possibility of arranging to remove the large tree Chatham hill
side at the same time as Network Rail are doing there work at the Arches. We
also spoke about the Luton Shoppers Car Park area.

Met with Annette Welfare from Laser Awards and Kirsty King of Medway
Safeguarding Children Board facilitated by MVA where we discussed further a
knowledge-based qualification around sexual exploitation, sex education
(healthy relationships), emerging gangs, vulnerable adults, drugs and
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discuss and in form people locally on these subjects. We also spoke about the importance of the
qualification having some employability value to those taking it.

Met Mark Roughsedge Medway Sport to discuss working together locally around
providing sporting activities for people locally and setting up a multisport organisation
as a go-to place for young people providing a safe positive environment and role model
to young people living and growing up locally. To discuss making a bid to Sports
Englands Tacking Inactivity and Economic Disadvantage which is funds to support
inactive people in lower socio-economic groups including those in full employment.
https://www.sportengland.org/economicdisadvantage/

Medway Plus working partnership with Arches Local put in an Expression of Interest
Sports England Family Fund to further develop some of there work around develop
access to water sports within the local community increasing the use of the watersports to
improve watersports economy and to improve opportunities for young people and local
families to take part in health-related watersports activities . With Arches Local area as the
central focus but also including other parts of Chatham Central and Gillingham the bid was for
approx 50k with potential match funding from Arches Local of 5k.
Aspire Family Trip to the Beach we provided buckets and spade from D&A Toys the children
visit the beach for the cost of those going on the trip having their children answer a number of
questions for us.

what is your favorite


thing to do?

If you had a million


pounds what would
you buy?

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