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South East Region 8 Apr 2011

Date: 8/4/2011

EXTRACT: Note of meeting held in Woking, Friday 8 April 2011

1. Present:

Stuart Hylton (Berkshire JSPU), Chris Cousins, Rob Dance (Oxfordshire CC), Stephen Tapper (POS President and LB Enfield), Catriona Riddell (Consultant), Nicky Linihan (Consultant), Sue Janota (Surrey CC), N. Crowther (Arun DC),  Tracey Flitcroft (Chichester DC), Phil Salmon (Isle of Wight), Mike Allgrove, Claire Upton-Brown (Portsmouth CC), John Thorne (Rushmoor BC), Emily Catcheside (Buckinghamshire CC), Basia Polnik, Sue Scott (Bracknell Forest BC), Chris Elliott (New Forest DC), Steve Avery (New Forest NPA), Peter Chadwick (Hampshire CC), Tony Cook (East Sussex CC), Ian McGuire (Elmbridge BC), Piers Mason, Bob Evans (Tandridge DC), Lindsay Frost (Lewes DC), Peter Sims (Runnymede BC), Andrew Hunter (Basingstoke and Deane BC), Ernest  Amoako (Woking BC), Nick Rogers (Mid Sussex DC), Gary Rhoades-Brown (Mole Valley DC), Mark Berry (Epsom and Ewell BC), Duncan McCorquodale (Wycombe DC), Susan Waters, Karen Hearnshaw (Surrey CC), Kiaran Roughan (Reading BC), Bryan Lyttle, Gary Rayner (West Berkshire), Adrian Bishop (Woking BC), Paul Underwood (Spelthorne BC), Wesley McCarthy (Slough BC), Alan Cornock, M Pearce (DCLG).

2. Apologies:

Michael Crofton-Briggs, Chris Kenneford, Steve Quartermain, Jerry Unsworth, Richard Read, John Slater, John Byrne, Kathy O'Leary, Graham Ashworth, James Freeman, Nikolas Antoniou, Robert Jackson, Tim Barkley, David Reed, Bev Hindle, Louise Piper, Katie Bailey, Andy Barton, David Payne, Neil Border, Claire Tester, Alistair Robson, Pete Errington, Paul Geehan, Carol Humphrey, Amanda Jobling, David Lamb, Howard Cheadle, Anna Cronin, Martin Vink, Jim Redwood, David Groom.

3. Minutes of meeting held on 7 January:

Agreed.

4. Matters arising:

Item 2: No sign of missing LGA papers. They may be more preoccupied with budget cuts. Item 22: The Group was reminded that Nicky Linihan was still looking for volunteers for her POS Housing Regeneration and Economic Development Topic Group - it would be a virtual group, so time would not taken up with travelling to meetings. Volunteers via Stuart or direct to Nicky at nickylinihan@virginmedia.com. (ACTION: ALL). All other items covered on the agenda.

5. Regional Convenor for POS:

Stuart told the meeting that he was likely to be taking early retirement from about October, and this could mean a need to appoint a new Regional Convenor. He invited anyone interested (or who just wanted to know more about the role) to contact him. (ACTION: ALL).

6. POS President - Stephen Tapper

Stephen gave an account of some of his activities during his presidential year. One of his objectives has been to promote stronger links with other planning-related organisations, and the Localism Bill and other Government activity has certainly been helpful in promoting that. He is also finding the private sector increasingly keen to engage with POS. He is also keen to try and improve the age/ethnicity profile of the Society. 


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