John Steel and Ellen McGowan initially met in January 2008 to discuss the formation of a residents association. Other residents were then asked to join a further meeting to discuss this. It was agreed to create a residents’ association, initially with the objective of changing our factor and any other issues concerning the Mondriaan.
Residents initially engaged with:
- Clean Glasgow
- Glasgow City Council – Street Lighting
- Local MPs and MSPs
- Arranged site visits from above
- Scottish Power (sub-station problems and refurbishment)
- Community Police
- British Waterways
- Bellway Homes
Investigation took part on:
- Glasgow Council for Voluntary Services
- Tenant Participation Advisory Service
- Local Housing Associations
Drafted constitution with delegation as below:
It is agreed it will not be feasible for all members to agree all the decisions necessary to run the organisation. They should therefore appoint a committee to whom the membership can delegate responsibility for the organisation‘s governance. Many people who worked on the steering group were willing to stand for election to this committee, so in practice there was continuity between the two bodies. In the short term, the committee should make broad decisions which are then put to members at a formal meeting.
Chair, Treasurer and Secretary are elected from within the committee to ensure that records of meetings and financial transactions are accounted for. The role of the Chair is to oversee and assist with any meetings in relation to the Association, delegate, and also to act as spokesperson in relation to matters within the Association, which have been approved by the committee and/or the residents.
The committee members did the following:
- Contacted bank to open account
- Wrote, printed and distributed membership forms for all residents at £1 p.a.
- Collated this information and monies and deposited monies in bank account
- Trained ourselves in committee skills
- Agreed policies and procedures in terms of governance by having an open, transparent committee with members who acted with integrity and professionalism
- Recognising that members wear more than one ‘hat’ (e.g. committee member and resident)
- Set up communication channels via website and email
- Collected residents contact details
- Sourced suitable venue for hire of hall
- Constant communication with all residents
- Security identified as an issue and Neighbourhood Watch set up by Tom Lundberg with other residents
- Addressing general dissatisfaction and major concerns raised by the residents in connection with current factoring arrangements as administered by Property2
- Huge amount of work and community engagement taking place to work on anti-social behaviour a great success but ongoing
- Investigation sourced possible source of funding to assist via Awards for All
- Time spent completing application forms and collecting essential information
- Awards for All granted May 2009 – £5,715.00
- Meetings held and arrangements made as described above
- Maryhill & Springburn MSP Patrica Ferguson engaged to assist the Association and residents with ongoing concerns regarding Property2
The Mondriaan Residents’ and Owners’ Association represents residents (owner-occupiers or tenants) and property owners in the Mondriaan.
Committee members are unpaid and give up their own time to the benefit of our community. We are a voluntary body with an open membership.