A meeting was held at Laura Lees Coffee shop in Arnside on Friday 12th August. This was held to start preparations for a formal launch of ATOG later in the year. Present were Stuart Reid, Adrian Waddingham, Andrew Judson, Sue Cox, Catherine Wandzel and Richard Wandzel. Geoff Kirkham had given apologies.
Subjects discussed were ;
The ATOG draft constitution which Adrian has compiled. This covers voluntary donations and subscriptions, Members and Supporters and the need to set up a bank account.
The Constitution should cover the need to establish officers and utilise skills available from Supporters. We hope the list of Supporters will include local politicians, representative of local bodies and anyone who can bring support to ATOG, but without necessarily being actively involved.
Richard and Catherine Wandzel have kindly offered to be the initial ATOG representative for the Grange area. Richard will obtain for us the details of the Grange County Councillor and other important contacts in Grange. Adrian will make contact with the MP Tim Farron and leading Councillors inviting support.
We will plan launch meetings in both Arnside and Grange, probably in September to sign up initial Members and to approve the Constitution. Meetings will be held at a convenient time, either at the weekend or on evenings. Adrian will draft publicity posters for these meetings in due course. Richard will check available dates at Grange Town Hall.
A website is probably needed, and we may also set up a Facebook page to encourage ideas and discussion from supporters. Richard and Catherine will consider this further.
The new Coastal Communities Fund (launched by Government this month) may be a source of grants. Adrian will pursue his contacts with Sustrans (the cycling charity) who could be a major sponsor?
Stuart will establish the initial prospective list of members from his contact list as some people had not had responses when they offered support.
Future open meetings will possibly be advertised in Grange Now and the Arnside Broadsheet.
Above are the minutes from the preliminary meeting of ATOG and I hope as many folk will support the campaign to get this important link built across the River Kent, it may take quite a few years for this to happen but open up a lot of opportunities for cycling in North Lancashire and South Lakeland, if you have not done so please send e-mail of support to firstname.lastname@example.org