New group to fight for the Chase
A NEW tenants' and residents' association aims to revitalise Robin Hood Chase, in St Ann's, and protest against plans for new housing there.
The St Ann's Tenants and Residents Association – Central met on Monday at Mellor's Lodge, in the Chase, to discuss its plans and appoint a committee.
The chairman will be Gisella Sobarasua, the secretary will be Richard Pearson and the treasurer Kate Burn.
Ms Sobarasua said: "I just think it's needed. St Ann's is a big area and it is supposed to represent everyone.
"Hopefully we'll be able to get more people involved for different streets and areas of St Ann's.
"The main project is going to be the issue with building houses on the Chase precinct.
"We're going to continue to collect signatures protesting against it. You do find a lot of people who don't know what is happening. We will work with other groups to make the area better."
The catchment area for the new group has still to be agreed. However, the group want it to include Ransom Road, Cromer Road, St Ann's Valley, and the area north of Robin Hood Chase.
They also want to include the Stonebridge Park Estate, Kelverdon and Nugent Gardens, along with Bellevue Court and Westgate Street.
Mrs Burn, 61, said: "It's a new group so it is quite lively. We are going to concentrate on the Chase area which is central to St Ann's.
"Initially we hope to revitalise the Chase, but we'll represent anything."
The group initially consists of 12 residents from Cromer Road, St Ann's Valley and Bellevue Court.
Councillor Dave Liversidge said: "We need people to be active so I'm pleased something has started. We did have one but it collapsed about a year ago.
"It gives tenants a better voice in their area, as a group of people they can challenge Nottingham City Homes and the city council on issues."
The residents attending Monday's meeting agreed to approach a number of high street stores, including Iceland and the Pound Shop, to see if they would be interested in taking over the former Co-op store that closed down in November.
The next meeting of St Ann's Tenants and Residents Association – Central will be on Monday, February 25 ,from 7pm at Mellor's Lodge, in Robin Hood Chase.