This weeks meeting was attended by representatives of MVMP, MDC and local councillor Andy Perry. The first part of the meeting was allocated for hearing updated information on the housing issues, and raising questions with the guests in attendance.

Summary of issues raised:

  • Crime regarding empty houses (theft of pipework etc and fires);
  • Large amount of rubbish in area (more than normal);
  • Planning workshops (understanding planning permission/policy;
  • Updated information on the re-development;

Summary of Agreements made:

  • Next activity the PHPN host will be mayday celebrations, which will include a circus skills workshop and face painting;
  • Hold planning workshops before meetings;

Actions to be taken before the next meeting:

  • Group members to begin writing articles for new newsletter;
  • Apply for funding with help of MVMP for mayday activities;

MVMP Housing update

The group was told that the re-development is still on track, and that the preferred developer should be decided by the end of May. After this selection the developer will begin attending meetings with MVMP. This is so that the developers can work with the community to ensure that the new houses meet the needs of the residents.

Currently we are still in phase two of emptying the houses for demolition, with only a few people remaining in phase 1.

The group was also updated with regard to the draft local lettings policy, which outlines what MDC intend to do for people who wish to return to the area after the redevelopment. The key points that were highlighted are:

  • The document acknowledges that Some people would like to stay in the area;
  • People leaving the area will have priority on houses in nearby areas. Including;
    • Pleasley;
    • Bull Farm;
    • Ladybrook;
    • Centre of Mansfield;
    • Residents will be prioritised based on the phase they currently live in, and the date they signed up with moveahead;
    • Special arrangements will be made for so people who are unable to find suitable housing ;
    • People who moved in to houses on Hillmoor Street under the impression that they were temporary until after the development are included in this policy;
    • People who have already moved away since MVMP took over are also included in this policy.;

This led to much discussion surrounding the houses on Hillmoor Street that are not to be demolished, and are not owned by SYHA. Many residents felt that these houses could be used to house people who want to remain in the area, or people who are in early phases and wish to have one of the new houses when they are built. Councillor Perry supported this idea. MVMP informed the group that although SYHA are not willing to take on the remaining houses, MVMP are in discussion with other organisation with regard to this.

Crime and rubbish.

There was a lot of discussion at this meeting regarding the escalating crime in the area (fires and brake -ins) as well as the increasing amount of rubbish being dumped.

Residents were told that an MVMP employee named Sheila has taken over responsibility for the rubbish. (as it happens, within a day or two residents noticed that work had started removing rubbish). It was also noted that there are no longer wardens assigned to the area, but instead there is a single warden who is responsible for many areas. It was also suggested that Eddie Smith be contacted as he is the portfolio holder for the environment.

With regard to crime, it was suggested that we invite Inspector Sam Wilson to our next meeting. Also please see the additional information at the end regarding crime in the area.

Planning Training

MVMP have recently been encouraging members of the community to take an interest in planning policy, so that residents have a better understanding of the plans for the area, and how they will effect us. To this end we discussed the possibility of having planning workshops before our meetings, and this was agreed.

(this has now been arranged. See main Page: https://pleasleyhillplight.wordpress.com/ )

Activities

It was agreed at the last meeting that the next activity day we arrange will be for Mayday. The group asked MVMP if there was any way they could help with a may pole or other activities. An offer was made to the group to help organise a circus skills workshop and face painting which the group accepted.

Additional Information.

As we arrived for the meeting, we started discussing the crime in the area. As we were discussing this, one member of the community who arrived late mentioned that as they had walked down to the meeting they had heard some one in one of the empty houses. Kay from MVMP immediately phoned the police, who came straight out the  house in question.

When they arrived they caught a man on the garden, and a bag of what appeared to be equipment for braking in to houses. The Police arrested the man before Kay returned to the meeting to tell everyone what had just happened.


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