FARA review of the year – 2013

by Flash Bristow

I was proud to be elected chair of FARA in 2013 for a fourth year.

We continued with our regular activities – such as the discount scheme and newsletters, and also offered a range of events. As well as last year’s summer picnic, there was a bluebell walk earlier this year, and we participated in the annual Waltham Forest Springclean event.

However, the biggest success was surely our foodbank drive, organised by Liz Dawson, which was kicked off by a jewellery sale and then went on to collect donations of food and toiletries for the festive period – some were essentials, and we also included some treats. All told we filled 34 carrier bags, so thank you very much to all who contributed.

FARA also works closely with the police, passing on our concerns about local anti-social behaviour and relaying the Safer Neighbourhood Team news and crime statistics. This is part of our responsibility as a Neighbourhood Watch. There will be a crime report later in this meeting, however it is noteworthy that we have a very low level of reported crime compared to similar areas, and in some months over the last year there were no crimes reported at all.

We have continued our regular work liaising with local groups such as the staff at Edward House hostel.

FARA continues to respond to consultations and planning issues in our area. Members attended and spoke at planning hearings relating to both the Davies Lane School and Lincolns sites, and we liaise with the site managers of both locations. We also worked with councillors regarding the parking bay outside the CAC church in Ferndale Road, in order to keep times of use appropriate.

As you can see it’s been another busy year for FARA, and hope that the next year will be even better.  Mark your diaries for 10 August as Liz is organising a play day in Ferndale Road, and look out for our newsletters!

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