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Public Meeting
Formation of Writtle Residents Association
Meeting called by Mr Tom Mohan (Parish Councillor) and held in the Village Hall on 22 May 2002

This was the meeting that should have been held a couple of weeks ago.  By  8.00pm the village hall was close to being full.  It showed that residents in the village are interested in what goes on but an announcement in Writtle  News and The Essex Chronicle is not enough to get them  out.  Tom Mohan  leafleted homes, pubs and shops in the village at his own expense (80) and got the desired response a full village hall.

The proposed agenda was simple:

  • What are we going to do about the unruly behaviour of youths in Writtle?

  • The Bus service in Writtle

  • The proposed excavations in the grounds of Writtle College.

The meeting got off to a good start with a brief summary on the youth problem in Writtle.  I am not going to bore you with the details, we all probably know about it. The meeting then returned to the favourite of gatherings of Writtle residents, a good old Police Bashing session.   Unfortunately PC Adams did not attend (illness was mentioned) but at least some of those gathered spoke up in his defence.  In the middle of all this some very good points were made about organising youth groups/club. A group of mothers have gathered together and are willing to start a group tailored to the needs of the youth of today.  I suspect that ping-pong and other traditional activities of youth clubs will not be on the activities list.   More details of this group will be published on these pages when I get them. 

Somewhere around this point (08.45pm) things began to get confused and into disarray.  Having spent much of the last hour discussing the Youth a motion was proposed as to whether a Residents Association should be formed.  It was passed but a significant number of residents did not vote.

At this point the Vice Chairman of the Parish council asked why do we need a Residents Association when the Parish Council was an elected body which was willing to help, had money allocated for use by youth groups. All they had to do was come an talk to them, the Parish Council is there to help.  A large round of applause greeted this statement. 
In the background Tom Mohan was still trying to elect his committee, whilst the majority of the attendees were leaving, myself included.

 A few observations,
Full marks to Tom Mohan for getting out and organising the meeting. I believe he would have been better off doing it through the Parish Council, of which he is a member. 
Again the Parish Council have suffered due lack of communication.  Why did the proposed group offering to start a youth group, not know about the PCs willingness to, help or that there was money available?

The PC needs to be a bit more proactive with its image and activities.  This meeting confirms that individual leaflets do work.  People read them.

Disgruntled-of-Writtle is willing and able to help in its own small way, but I think the parish should consider publishing one or two information leaflets a year.  The cost of distribution of such a leaflet via the free newspapers is about 120.

Tom Mohan probably did the Parish Council a favour in organising a meeting that really targeted the residents.  He may not have got his Residents Association but I think the Parish should reimburse him for the expenses incurred in organising the meeting.



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