BRA AGM 2021 and Defibrillator Commissioning

Forty residents living on The Beeches estate attended the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Beeches Residents Association held in The Falcon Hotel on Thursday October 14th 2021.

Guest speaker was Cllr David Ainslie BEM, a former Town Mayor. David is leading on the housing element of the Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan which is likely to require around 350 more homes to be built in Uppingham over the period of the new local plan. Of particular interest to residents was a proposal to build 30+ homes as an extension to The Beeches, likely to create more affordable homes, but creating concerns about significant traffic issues both during its building phase and in the long term.

AGM Agenda items included: – • BRA Ltd – The company experience to date • A recap on The Beeches history and status as an East Midlands Most Desirable Neighbourhood and why it already has 1Gb ‘fibre to the premise’ broadband on offer and a protected wooded area • Uppingham Neighbourhood Plan and housing site update • Director nominations and a Neighbourhood Watch update • Uppingham in Bloom 2022 • Official opening of the new Defibrillator • Residents Open Forum

The meeting re-elected Mark Shaw as a director and Chair of the company board and Patient Participation Group Chair John Leslie as a director and Vice Chair. Margaret Simpson BEM was re-elected as a director and Vice Chair. A substantial collection taken at the meeting supported the cost of the estate’s new defibrillator. The residents’ Open Forum produced a lively debate on the character and location of homes need by Uppingham to support a sustainable future.