Annual General Meeting – 18th May 2023 – 7.30pm
St. Brigid’s GAA Club, Russell Park
We had 44 neighbours in attendance with apologies from a further 11 neighbours.
Stg Rory Carey also sent his apologies that they were not in a position to attend.
The meeting was chaired by the area coordinator for the group – Lorcan Sheehan
• Review of last AGM minutes and actions
• Financial update and report
• Review of the Neighbourhood Watch activity
• Confirmation of Area coordinator, street coordinator, secretary and treasurer roles
• Q&A with local Gardai – will be rescheduled with other NW groups
• Any other business.
2019 AGM Minutes
Due to Covid, the group has not had a General Meeting since 2019. The minutes of the 2019 AGM were read and approved.
NW finances were reviewed from 2019 to the end of March 2023.
Addition of Beechpark Lawn neighbours in 2019 – 36 homes at €10 per household – also occasional contributions as homes changed hands.
Key expenses – purchase of batches of texts from Sendmode for text alerts – €351 – per batch of 5,000 texts
No external social or meeting costs during covid
Website costs – web hosting, wordpress for managing posts, domain renewal costs every 2 years
€149.98 remained in the account at the end of March 2023.
We proposed and it was approved to look for an additional €10 voluntary contribution per household. We received contributions of €340 on the night which is appreciated.
Neighbours can drop the contributions into their street coordinators in the coming weeks.
It was recognised that many people are using less cash for day to day expenses. The current NW funds are maintained in a post office account with a manual book. It was proposed and approved that the group would open a bank account which would have electronic banking facilities.
Review of NW activity
Since the last meeting, Beechpark Lawn was added to the NW group and they were formally welcomed to the group. There are now 179 homes within the group.
New groups have also emerged in Beechpark Avenue and Phoenix Drive and there is active collaboration between all local NW groups.
We reviewed reported activities within the group over the last few years.
Typically opportunistic – early to late evening – 5pm to 9pm
Looking for jewellery / cash / small items
In and out in < 5 minutes
Park car in the area – walk quickly evaluating houses that look empty
Scope out area earlier in the day – door to door traders, collectors
Thefts from cars
Typically late at night – also opportunistic
Check for open cars / smash windows
Aggressive traders – door to door
Under reported but several issues with neighbours being pressurised / scammed
Provides an excuse for unknown individuals to knock on each door
Neighbours encouraged not to engage with these traders
Bogus collectors – clothing / charity
Neighbours encouraged to be wary of clothing collections as many are bogus
Banking / email scams / customs / Investment scams
Increase in each of these scams with the closure of banks and with Brexit for customs.
Discussion re video doorbells – have been very useful in providing images when there has been suspicious activity.
Introduction of WhatsApp to allow neighbours communicate on security alerts
Please do not repost images of people, full registration numbers on Whatsapp groups
Agreed to examine putting together a neighbourhood social event later this year
Confirm Area Coordinator, street coordinators, treasurer, secretary
Appointment of key officers in the group:
Area Coordinator: Lorcan Sheehan
Liam Delaney, Ruth Hogan, John Murphy
Charlie O’Connor, John Nolan, Peter Blessing
Freda Gallagher, Dan O’Shea
Nora Doyle, Seamus McCabe, Ellen Troy
Treasurer: Carmel Grogan
Secretary: Ellen Troy
Tom Kennington has stepped down as street coordinator in Hadleigh Park. Aidan O’Connell has agreed to take this on.
Freda Gallagher stepped down as Secretary and Ellen Troy has agreed to take on that role. Freda will remain as a street coordinator.
Thank you to all of our officers and street coordinators and we encourage others to consider whether they would be in a position to become involved.
We received apologies from Stg Rory Carey. He has offered to do a crime prevention talk later in the year in collaboration with local NW groups.
Any other business:
Social / neighbours evening – agreed to examine organising such an event
Locksmith assessment service – will look to organise in late summer
Phoenix park parking survey – encouraged neighbours to review the survey and provide their own inputs
Question raised about the pollinator friendly areas on Auburn Avenue. Mixed opinions within the group but this is expected to be mown ay the end of May.
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