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Welcome to the spring issue of the Apostles Residents Association Newsletter.
APOSTLES SOCIAL - PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR ANNUAL MEETING – 8PM, 6 JUNE, RAYNES PARK LIBRARY
On Tuesday 6 June 8pm you are warmly invited to join us for our annual general meeting at Raynes Park Library. We have a short agenda and will quickly run through the annual reports from your committee, vote on committee membership and discuss any local issues that concern or interest you. After the meeting there will be the chance to meet each other over a glass of wine and refreshments. It would be lovely to see some new faces at the meeting.
Apostles Residents Association Funds:
Opening balance at 30/4/16: £4,689.50
Income (including subs, newsletter ads, quiz night): £2,148.70
Sub total £6,838.20
Closing balance at 30/4/17: £5,448.19
UPDATE ON CHANGES TO OUR WASTE COLLECTION AND THE PROPOSED INTRODUCTION OF WHEELIE BINS
You may remember that the results of our Apostles-wide survey showed that 90% of Apostles residents were opposed to the introduction of wheelie bins and changes to fortnightly refuse collections. We presented our survey results and a number of questions to the Council and the next steps are for a meeting with Cllr Ross Garrod, the Cabinet Member, to discuss the possibility of a compromise arrangement for the Apostles. We will keep you informed of the outcome of any negotiations.
Alongside our local campaigning, ARA is also supporting the “No Wheelies Campaign”- http://www.nowheeliesplease-merton.org.uk/ - which is a borough wide campaign against the introduction of wheelie bins and which proposes an alternative arrangement. Please go to the website to add your support to the online petition and to learn more. There is also a page where you can download and print posters to place in your window.
KEEPING OUR STREETS CLEAN AND TIDY - A REMINDER ABOUT BIN COLLECTIONS
We’re lucky that in Merton, food waste is collected separately from other waste, which means that not only does it not go to landfill (and contribute to greenhouse gases which are bad for the environment) but it can also be turned into ‘green’ energy via anaerobic digestion which again is beneficial for the environment.
This is why it’s important to remember to use the brown food waste caddies provided by the council for all food waste. Not only is it better for the environment, but the brown food caddies have been designed to prevent animals such as foxes getting to food and causing a mess. Foxes are attracted to bin bags that contain food waste as well as items such as nappies.
Therefore, Apostles residents can do two things to prevent rubbish being scattered across our pavements on a Tuesday morning before the waste collection. First, use the brown food waste caddies (if you don’t have one you can order one from the council). Second, as per the council guidelines, please put your black bin bags out on Tuesday morning not Monday evenings. For further information, please go to www.merton.gov.uk.
CHANGES TO CPZ FROM 1 APRIL 2017: DIESEL LEVY
A new ‘Diesel Levy’ has been introduced to help improve air quality which means owners of diesel vehicles are charged more for their parking permits. Existing permit holders will need to submit a new application (rather than just resubmitting an existing application) when renewing permits after 1 April 2017 so that proof of ownership documents can be re-checked. It’s important to include the current parking permit number when prompted to ensure you are not charged the £25 administration fee (which normally applies for new applications).
UPDATE ON LOCAL PLANNING AND DEVELPMENTS
APOSTLES RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION BIG PICNIC
Following last year’s picnic, we’re holding another informal picnic on Sunday 10 September, 2 – 4pm on Prince George’s Playing Fields. This is a great opportunity to pop along and meet some local people. Please bring your own picnics and games (if you’re feeling energetic!) It would be great to see you there.
Further dates for your diaries:
Ride London – Annual Cycle Event through Raynes Park – Sunday 30 July 2017
Raynes Park Christmas Festival – Turning on the Christmas lights - Friday 1 December 2017
HOW DO I SUPPORT THE APOSTLES RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION?
To become a member, please contact your road rep. The fee is £4 per annum and £2 for pensioners and those not in work. If you would like to pay your subscription by bank transfer, please transfer to: Apostles Residents Association, account no 02383523, sort code 30-99-66 and put your address as the reference.
Your road reps and committee:
Chairman – Liz Russell, Dupont Road, firstname.lastname@example.org 07980 663071
Vice-Chairman – Cllr Michael Bull, Kingston Road, email@example.com
Treasurer – Peter Compton, Sydney Road firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretary – Jenny Irvine, Clifton Park Avenue, email@example.com 020 8540 9272
Anyone interested in advertising in the newsletter should contact Martin on firstname.lastname@example.org
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