TARA – feedback on new pages and documents, please

Hi all,

Bentley House estate Tenants And Residents Association (TARA) have recently published several new documents on several new web pages, including on constitutional matters for the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in about March 2017 … please take a look, and requesting your feedback, many thanks, your TARA.

Constitution, and proposed changes to it – for decision at AGM 2017

The Estate Office and its calendar.

Reporting and Complaining to our landlord CSM.

Update: Solicitor added to the links page (under Housing).

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TARA minutes for September 2016 meet, Agenda for October 6th

September minutes and October agenda for Bentley House TARA (Tenants And Residents Association) now available – thanks, your TARA.

p.s. print-out of agenda next to office door, print-out of minutes on fence behind phone box Clarendon/H’by (go on, walk on the grass :-) )

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Bentley House Tenants And Residents Association (TARA) Links Page Published

We have added a links page under the TARA menu on the redbricks webpage; it contains phone numbers as well as web site links: http://www.redbricks.org/tara/useful-links/ .

It, so far, has the following categories: emergencies, health, housing, Hulme and local area, Manchester.

Suggestions, comments, links and numbers for inclusion: tara@redbricks.org – thanks,

Bentley House estate TARA

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Summer update on Bentley House estate Tenants And Residents Association (TARA)

We wanted to announce some changes regarding the meeting of your Bentley House estate Tenants And Residents Association (TARA), and how and when we publish our meeting notes.

We need to attract new members to function properly, and so by streamlining the meeting and adjusting the opening hours, we hope these are the first two steps we in the right direction to achieving this.

Regular advertising of our existence by means of a monthly invite in form of next meeting’s agenda will also show the issues we tackle and, occasionally, solve!

Please remember, TARA is open to all estate residents, we are all volunteers, and we are independent of the landlord CSM; we have very different jobs to tackle and all help is welcome – please join in.

Changes in detail:

1) We have grouped meeting issues into major sections, then sub-divided these. This makes our meeting’s structure clearer, and much reduces jumping back and forth between similar issues across the meeting.

You can see the agenda for our meeting on 4th August HERE!

2) Please note, we do not need one hour at the start of our meeting for “confidential” issues – in fact, we very rarely deal with confidential issues. However, what we do need is an hour of intense meeting, following the agenda and getting “house keeping” and regular issues out of the way.

So we are opening up the first hour of the meeting for people to come and “listen in” while we are doing “agenda business”. This from is 6.30 – 7.30pm.

Please don’t take “listen in” literally as your comments are very welcome indeed! By “listen in” we’re referring to the need to sticking to the agenda. So, no new major issues shall be discussed in the first hour, that is the limit we ask to respect, we’re not asking for the people attending to be silent!

The second hour remains open and is for new issues to be raised as opposed to sticking to the agenda. This from is 7.30 – 8.30pm.

3) We will try to publish “draft” notes for our monthly meetings immediately after the meeting to do away with the monthly delay in publishing notes that currently exists (as caused by the “need to agree” at the following month’s meeting). This will allow all of you to see much sooner what was done at the meeting, and to comment much quicker.

You can see the draft minutes from our July meeting HERE!

Notes will be marked as “draft”, and we want to publish these notes in a variety of places, including a printout, but we will need to finalise details (7 pages do not fit into the small display box by the office). More on this later.

Thanks for reading this far! Hopefully see you at the meeting on Thursday 4th August in the Tenants Office, 26A Humberstone Avenue.

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Bike sheds: calling Humberstone and Rockdove residents

The long-term project to get more bike storage on the Redbricks will hopefully be moving on a stage, details below.  One half of each avenue does not have internal block bike storage space (provided by the Sheffield stands), so these outdoor sheds are the only option to address that issue.

From City South Manchester, dated 14th July 2016:

Dear Resident

Re: Bentley House Bike Shed Application 2106.

I am writing with regards to the above and to inform you that One Manchester intend to apply for funding from Transport for Greater Manchester for various additional cycle sheds including two on the Bentley House Estate. Before we submit the application we need to consult with residents on the Estate regarding suitable locations. We have been identified the following locations which we feel would be suitable for the additional shelters. The proposed areas are:

Humberstone Avenue- at the side of the current shelter and will involve resiting the trellis (on a location to be agreed) and replanting the associated plants in the area where the recycling bins used to be stored.

Rockdove Avenue– Option 1-on the small car park area outside the block numbered 31 to 41.

  • Option 2- small car park area side of block 7 to 17.

  • Option 3- large car park area between blocks containing 33 and 45.

Unfortunately, the timescale for the bid applications is July 29th 2016. I would, therefore appreciate it if you could contact me by midday Wednesday 20th July 2016 if have any preference or objections on the options above. Alternatively please contact me on 0800 840 144 if you would like to discuss this matter further.

I look forward to your response in this matter.

Yours Sincerely

Barry Seers

Place Manager

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CSM-TARA meeting minutes 23.02.16

TARA and One Mcr meeting minutes 23.02.16

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TARA AGM 21.04.16 Treasurer’s report

Bentley House TARA AGM Treasurer’s Report for 2015

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TARA AGM minutes 21.04.16

Bentley House TARA AGM minutes 21.04.16

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#SeedySunday & #peopleskitchen on #theredbricks #communitygarden this Sunday

IMG_0398Come learn about seeds and seedlings on Seedy Sunday, 24 April.

All welcome – no experience necessary. Tools, guidance and compost provided.   
We will be sowing and planting on Leaf St. Bring along any seeds or seedlings to swap/share or use those provided.  A range of seedlings available for a variety of conditions: balconies, indoors and planting out around the estate; vegetables, flowers, herbs and wildlife plants. [Listed Below] 
1pm, meet on Leaf St, food later by People’s Kitchen. 
[Seedlings : Climbing French Bean, Dwarf Broadbean, Yellow Courgette, Purple and White Chilli Peppers, Nasturtiums, Heritage Peas, Parsley, Chives, Painted Sage, Fennel, Bronze Fennel, Love In The Mist, Evening Primrose, Teasel, Globe Thistle, Cosmos, Night-Scented Stock, Foxgloves, Snapdragons, Sweet Pea, Kale, Swiss Chard, Calendula, Feverfew…also lots of different seeds to sow.]
Pass it on 
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TARA AGM, Thursday 21st April 2016, 6.30-8.30


More details on attachment

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