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LoPRA - Dormant

LoPRA Annual General Meeting 2012

The following points were voted upon and agreed unanimously at the LoPRA AGM on Wednesday 21st November 2012. 

1.  That LoPRA would enter a state of dormancy with no officers for the foreseeable future. This would allow a committee to be reformed if this should be required in future.

2.  That the website would be held for a minimum of two years as the cost is minimal and allows the group to maintain a website with its name.

3.  That the current Bank Account would close as there is the chance there will be a charge on this account if held open which is an unnecessary cost.

4.  That funds would be equally divided to Village Groups - that requested a share or were nominated - after costs have been deducted.
The groups are as follows:
    Village Hall Committee (for lighting);
    Playing Fields Association (for mains electricity) ;
    Girl Guides UK (Long Preston & Hellifield Units);
    May Day Committee;
    Long Preston Heritage Group (for Baptist Ground);
    Church Yard Mowing Group (for Mower);
    St Marys Church (for Cappronier windows);
    Christmas Lights;
    Over 70s Club
& the WI (possibly for garden area).

5. That Chris Wilcock audits and closes final accounts.

6.  That LoPRAs records and documentation be stored for the foreseeable future (to be held by the past secretary at present).

LoPRA was formed in August 2004 in response to the acute concern felt within the village at the scale of commercial housing development to date  - especially given the aim  of speculative property developers to increase this on a massive scale on the green-field sites, surrounding the village

LoPRA also lobbied actively on other issues of key importance to the village: traffic speeds and noise on the A65; the extent of genuine need within the village for affordable housing (which the Association supports if the need can be accurately quantified); and backing for village facilities and activities. In this regard it worked closely with the Parish Council which was offered a seat on the LoPRA management committee.

Since its formation the LoPRA committee, its members and the A65 sub-committee had undertaken a vast amount of work communicating with official bodies, be it through lobbying letters, meetings, conferences or telephone calls, which had directly or indirectly led to a number of outcomes.  Furthermore the committee produced newsletters for members and this website. 

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