David Alpin (chair)
Liz Heasman (secretary)
Tim Hollins (planning)
Andy Holwell (treasurer)
Patrick Jacob (streets)
Gerhard Jenne (filming)
Sheila Needham (paving)
Annoula Peppas (other local groups)
Stuart Smith (noise)
Individual committee members take on various roles of responsibility, but all committee members can be a point of contact for any matter requiring the attention of the committee so please contact those known to you, or use the Contact page of this website to get in touch about your LERA issues.
The name of the Association shall be the Lambeth Estate Residents’ Association.
The Association is established for the following purposes in the area comprising Theed, Roupell and Whittlesey Streets, and Cornwall Road between Brad and Theed Streets (‘the Area’) in the London Borough of Lambeth:
a. To safeguard the collective and individual interests of all residents in the above Area, both tenants and owner-occupiers.
b. To maintain and strengthen community feelings in the Area.
c. To maintain the essentially residential character of this Area with its existing small individual dwellings.
d. To promote high standards of planning, design, architecture and environmental improvement in the Area and its general vicinity.
e. To help achieve satisfactory housing conditions for tenants at rents they can afford.
In furthering the above Objectives (but not otherwise) the Association shall have, through its Executive Committee (‘the Committee’), the following powers:
a. To raise funds, and to invite and to receive contributions from persons by way of subscriptions, donations and otherwise.
b. To hold meetings, lectures, exhibitions etc.
c. To endeavour to inform public opinion inside and outside the Area by various appropriate means, and to invite reactions and comments on issues connected with the Association’s Objectives.
d. To circulate and publish papers, reports and other literature relevant to the Association’s Objectives.
e. To act as a co-ordinating body by which residents’ views about the Area may be conveyed to the local authority, the planning committee, other official and private bodies, landlords and other persons, including the press; and by which such bodies or persons can make their views and policies known to residents in the Area
f. To promote or conduct surveys, studies and research into matters relevant to the Association’s Objectives or relating to specific buildings or places within the Area.
g. To form a collective opinion on the best course of action to be taken from time to time in pursuit of the Association’s Objectives, and to implement that course of action by appropriate means.
Membership of the Association shall be open to all residents of the Area, tenants and owner-occupiers alike, and irrespective of race, colour, creed, political party or political opinions. Members shall have the right to vote at the meetings of the Association.
Members shall pay such subscriptions, if any, as the Association shall determine at its Annual General Meeting.
The Association shall be managed by the Committee, to be elected at the AGM each year. The Committee shall consist of Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and up to 13 other members. The Committee shall have the power to co-opt other members to serve on the Committee but in a non-voting capacity. Should vacancies occur on the Committee, whether of officers or members, the Committee shall have the power to fill such vacancies from members of the Association pending election at the next AGM.
All communications from the Association as a corporate body to the local authority, the planning committee, other official and private bodies, landlords and other persons including the press, shall be from the Committee, whether orally or in writing. All letters shall be sent with the approval of either the Chair, the Secretary or the Treasurer, acting in consultation with the Committee. The Committee will conduct its business in accordance with the procedure attached to this Constitution.
An AGM of the Association shall be held each year in or about the month of September in order to receive the Committee’s report on the year’s activities, the audited accounts, to elect officers and members to replace the outgoing Committee and to transact any other business, including suggested changes to the Constitution of the Association.
The Committee shall give at least two weeks’ notice in writing to members of such AGMs. Such notice shall invite nominations from members of the Association for election to the new Committee (persons so nominated must have indicated their willingness to serve). Such nominations may be made in writing (seconded by another member) to reach the Secretary before the meeting, or be made orally at the meeting. In the event of more nominations being made than there are places on the Committee, an election shall take place by methods to be decided at the time.
In addition, the Chair or Secretary may call a special meeting of the Association at any time for the purpose of considering matters which in their view should be referred to the Association members as a whole. Such meetings may also be called for the purpose of considering proposals to alter the Constitution or rules of the Association, and for such special meetings at least two weeks’ notice in writing shall be given to all members. Special meetings may also be held if such a request is made, not less than 20 members giving their reasons.
All money raised by the Association or on its behalf must be applied to the Objectives of the Association as defined above. To this end, the Treasurer shall keep proper accounts of all money received and disbursed, and present an annual financial report to the AGM of the Association. Such accounts shall be audited annually by a competent person. The Treasurer shall be empowered to open a bank account in the name of the Association.
9. Alteration to the Constitution
Any proposed changes to the Constitution of the Association for discussion at the AGM or at a special meeting of the Association should be made in writing to the Secretary, who shall circulate them to members at least two weeks before the meeting at which they will be discussed. For such proposed changes to be accepted, a quorum of 30 members must be present at the meeting, and a two-thirds majority of those attending shall be required in favour of a proposed change.
10. Dissolution of the Association
If the Committee by simple majority decide that on any grounds the Association should be dissolved, it shall call a meeting of all members, giving at least two weeks’ notice and stating the purpose of the meeting. If the Committee’s recommendation should be upheld by a simple majority of those present, then the Association shall be dissolved.
In that event, the meeting should discuss and decide how any funds which remain, after any debts or liabilities have been discharged, shall be disposed of. In deciding this, consideration may be given to the disposing of any such similar residue of any other association or society with similar objectives, or to some approved charity.