The Spalding & Peterborough Transport Forum will be holding it’s 2018 AGM on
6th December at 7pm
in the South Holland District Council Chamber
7th December 2017
We gave reflection on the passing one of our Patrons
From last year we have changed people’s lives, one example is that the station gardens and car park have made the it a more pleasant experience for commuters to see.
Also, we had our first Transport Conference in Spalding with a great turnout of attendees and senior officers of many companies including two Lord Lieutenants of Lincolnshire.
Littleworth was discussed, but as Louise Mcguinness had now resigned from the Committee there was a suggestion from Liz Sneath that David Branton of the DSN Parish council should be contacted and maybe Railway Heritage should be approached and also English Heritage.
Lifts are to be installed in Spalding Station, no set date for this yet.
Buses from DSN to Peterborough were also in the hands of Louise, but as of yet we have not had a report on progress.
A busy year for all with Market Rasen Station group made us a visit and we took them to lunch.
Meeting with Railway Heritage, John Hayes MP and others to discuss the setting up of a project to use some of the rooms in the station for Community use.
Initial meeting with one of the Bidders for the new Franchise (Cross Country).
Meeting with Conservations Officers and Railway Heritage.
Kevin Mothers and Chair went to Nottingham to a EMT stakeholders meeting and both pushed for a Sunday service and better Saturday trains.
Chair went to York for a meeting with Virgin Trains stakeholders and the new Azuma Train coming on line in 2018/19.
We have also applied to join ACORP but were waiting for a reply.
There will Community speed checks as Parish Councils will be provided with speed guns for volunteers to man these at times where speeding becoming a problem.
Congestion in the town is getting to be problem especially around the Spalding road area where tail-backs are going back up to the Wardentree lane at times. Winsover Road is another area. We are assured this has all been discussed at Council.
The unauthorised parking in the Market Place when the sign displays No Entry was also mentioned.
Kevin would like it recorded our thanks for the splendid work since last September (2016) the team has put in. It has been mentioned quite a few times by the public and staff at the station. Plans for next year it was suggested that the front of the station needs a good clearing up. Planting will continue when available.
The Station Buildings.
There was a suggestion that if we could be allowed to develop the station rooms for an office we could also include a Railway Museum of local interest.
We are still struggling to get any commitment for EMT to do this.
It was made clear that Network Rail own the Track and Buildings, but EMT rent the station from them and also the outside structure responsibility. The grey area is what responsibility EMT have to keep the inside of the building up to standard for a grade 2 listed building.
Accounts: £580 .60 in credit.
Fund raising has got to be a priority this coming year.
As we are not yet a Charity this is proving difficult.
Community Interest Organisation.
To be changed from a Forum to the above for charitable status, this was discussed and put in to abeyance with the Chair to take forward and investigate. It would be probably in our best interests to go down this line.
Election of Officers and Committee.
As there were not enough people could attend to elect on the night we were going to request those who are interested on staying on to indicate. An email will be sent around requesting this.
Jack Mclean suggested that we pay to Facebook to expand our influence by advertising and may attract new members.
If we can get permission one of the early projects, we could do is replace the plywood boards on one of the room.
Councillors at the meeting suggested that they could action some put some pressure on getting some work done by contacting various people.
It was agreed that if some monies were forthcoming the organisation presenting this would be welcomed to take part in the renovation.
County Care had expressed an interest in the station to help clear up.
There was a suggestion that we need to contact various people whom were involved in the original proposals for the work on the interior of the station buildings to find out what the plans were for and how much was recorded
Adoption team chair is still Kevin and volunteers on the night were signed up,
Meeting ended at 20.10.
7 PM to 9 PM
South Holland District Council Chamber
Priory Rd, Spalding PE11 2XE