Minutes from the committee meeting of Digbeth Residents Association (DRA) and Neighbourhood Watch on Monday 14th January

2013 at 6pm in the Old Crown restaurant. 1. Roll Call and Apologies Present: Jo Smith, John Gordon, Joe Holyoak, Adam Robins, Gabriela Butler, Tim Hodgson, Laira Piccinato, Bryn Hallett, Karolina Kosciuch, Pamela Pinski. Apologies: Rosie Pocklington. 2. Approval of Minutes a. The minutes from November 2012 were deemed accurate and approved. b. The minutes from December 2012 were deemed accurate and approved. 3. Matters arising None. 4. Police Report and Neighbourhood Watch News John Gordon reported on the Nechells Neighbourhood Tasking Group meeting, at which he represents DRA and is happy to bring up any policing issues. The policing report from the 2011 St Patrick’s Festival presented at this meeting has yet to be shared with Digbeth Pubwatch members – John will chase this report. John would like DRA make contact with Yvonne Mosquito at the PCC’s office to share ideas to better protect Digbeth. 5. Duddeston Viaduct Development Laira Piccinato and colleagues from the Birmingham Architecture Festival (BAF) presented their plans for the viaduct. The consensus of residents at the meeting was that they would be happy to see the viaduct developed, providing appropriate safeguards are implemented to prevent any individual(s) profiting from what should be a public resource. BAF 2013 running from 24th to 27th May will take place in locations around the city, including Digbeth. The festival’s theme is “take a second look”. More information is available online. 6. Any Other Business a. Moat Lane Car Park DRA will write to Birmingham City Council to ask for Moat Lane Car Park to be made safer. b. Eastside City Park The public opening of Eastside City Park is planned for Saturday 16th March with support from Millennium Point, BOA and BCU. Joe and Gabi are representing DRA at the meetings. Once plans are finalised, DRA will help with promotion of the event. 7. Date and Time of Next Meetings The next committee meeting will be held on Monday 11th March 2013 at 6pm in the Old Crown restaurant, High Street Digbeth. The next open meeting will be held on Monday 11th February 2013 at 6pm in the Old Crown restaurant, High Street Digbeth. This will also be the DRA Annual General Meeting.