CPRE Hampshire’s first online AGM
CPRE Hampshire members connected via Zoom for this year’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on 12th September.
Dee Haas, Chair welcomed 35 members to the meeting which was the countryside charity’s first virtual event. Thanks to support from Connor Furnival from CPRE Shropshire, hosting on the day and giving us helpful tips for joining beforehand, it all went smoothly!
The Earl of Malmesbury, the charity’s President, thanked the Trustees for running the charity so well, and also the members, who were the very heartbeat of CPRE Hampshire as we strove to help save the beautiful Hampshire countryside.
Carole Oldham, who chairs CPRE Hampshire’s Planning and Policy Group, was elected a Trustee. Former Chair and Trustee, Christopher Napier was elected a Vice President. Dee thanked Caroline Dibden as she completed her term as a Trustee (most recently as Vice Chair) and was elected a Vice President. Robert Jamieson had also completed his term as a Trustee and was thanked for his work, particularly with fundraising events which we were happy to report he would be continuing with.
The Chair’s presentation* covered the highlights of 2019 and what the future holds. Highlights included the Housing Seminar with Kit Malthouse, then Housing Minister, involvement with the Commission of Inquiry into Hampshire 2050 – it is Dee’s hope that Hampshire would be a better place for some blue-sky thinking and partnership-working sparked by this initiative, and our flagship event, the Countryside Awards.
Dee thanked her fellow Trustees and all the hard working volunteers and staff who make CPRE Hampshire such an effective charity.
Recent successes on the planning front included our successful opposition to the Eastleigh Local Plan, which was thrown out by the Inspector and the rejection of an application by US company Wheelabrator for a massive incinerator at the head of the Test Valley.
As for the future, we would keep working at a local level to protect our beautiful countryside and part of this could be a new campaign to push some of the proposed new housing into mixed developments in our town centres. Dee’s new mantra was that we needed to repurpose our town centres not the countryside.
There was a lively exchange of questions and comments from members, ranging from support for small-scale housing developments in the countryside and regeneration of our towns and cities, to concern over the Planning White Paper, housing numbers and the ‘dodgy algorithm’.
The Earl of Malmesbury closed the meeting by paying a particular tribute to the Chair for the enormous amount of work she had put in over the last year and recognising that CPRE Hampshire is a vital, lively and necessary organisation.
* If any members would like a copy of Dee’s presentation, please email email@example.com