Report of GWC AGM (Febuary 2013)

posted 1 Mar 2013, 03:35 by Eli Kling   [ updated 1 Mar 2013, 03:41 ]
The following comments summarise the main points of the meeting, attended by all committee members and one visitor.

Chairman's report
Attention was drawn to the fact that BCC have no cycling strategy, no cycling officer and no budget for new cycle route infrastructure. Nevertheless, during the year GWC took the opportunity to raise with them our concern at this situation We have had an on site meeting with a BCC engineer to illustrate the poor condition of the Amber Way dual use cycle route along A413 into Aylesbury. We have continued to express our concern at the fact that the street lights have been switched off along a stretch of this route. We have advertised our presence in Wendover by participating in the charity markets and organising, during National Bike Week, a family cycle ride and free bike maintenance session. We have maintained contact with Chiltern Rail pressing them to provide more bike racks at the station and are working with Wendover Parish Council on the design and siting of new bike racks as part of the refurbishment of the Manor Waste. Every effort is being made to ensure that cycling is given full consideration by the WPC. Cycle training continued at wendover schools.

Maps have been produced showing where there can be valuable improvements and extensions to existing routes in and around Wendover, these are being used as a basis for discussion with WPC, BCC, Sustrans and Chilterns Conservation Board (Google Maps, PDF presentation).

Our website is regularly updated with cycling items of both local and national interest. Pages detailing information on leisure cycling have been expanded and the information used to generate a cycling page on WPC tourism website.

We have maintained contact and exchanged information with TBCC, ACC, Sustrans and the Chiltern Conservation Board, attending meetings when topics of local interest were being raised.

Membership Secretary and Treasurer's Report
Our current membership is 16, down from 21 the previous year.
Income was £90, £80 from membership fees plus a £10 donation made at the charity market. Expenditure was £87.82 mainly on stationery and printing. Available funds £308.51.

Committee Membership
Some changes to responsibilities were made:
Chris Peeler, Chair.
Mary Peeler, Secretary.
Richard Bysouth, Membership Secretary and Treasurer.
Oliver Statham, news letter and WPC liaison.
Eli Kling, website design and input.
Chris German, cycle training.
Brian Bostock, communications.

Membership Fee
To remain at £5.00.

Future Direction
It was agreed to continue current activities and add two new areas:
  1. Explore possibility of developing contact with HS2 to explore cycle route funding and to ensure existing routes are not affected during construction work.
  2. Ensure that cycling is given full consideration in the Design Statement to be developed by WPC.

Eli Kling,
1 Mar 2013, 03:35