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13th August Minutes of Meeting of Residents (paintwork)

Posted by Micro Update Ltd on August 29, 2008









Present:     Alastair Johns – Chairman:

                  Leslie Edgecumbe – Organiser

                  Cllr. Gordon Hook

                  Cllr. David Corney-Walker


The meeting was notified, with approximately 10 days notice, to over 200 residents of Aller Park by use of letter box drops, e-mail, web site, and signs posted on telephone kiosks/telegraph poles, and lamp standards. The whole of Aller Park Road, parts of St. Lukes Road and Addison Road, Aller Brake Road, along with a near full coverage of Ridgeway Road were made.


The meeting started at 19.20



53 Members of the public attended the meeting, the majority from the Aller Park area of Newton Abbot. There were actual sign-ins of 43, plus 10 people who appeared in the head count but had not signed the book.


Chairman A. Johns commenced with a brief history of the laundry campaign, commencing with the first meeting in 2004 when it was owned by CLS.  In 2006 Sunlight purchased the laundry from CLS.


It was made very clear during the meeting by the Chairman, Cllr Hook and, L. Edgecumbe that this was a one off choice for the residents. On making the choice and thence advising the Sunlight Directors, should the painting be completed as promised, then there would be no place for complaint to the management.


The purpose of the meeting was to choose a paint colour for the exterior of the Sunlight Laundry building.  Various paint sample books and sheets were available and passed around.  Photographs of the Buckland Water Treatment Works and graphics of the Sunlight laundry coloured in various shades were exhibited.


L. Edgecumbe thanked everyone for attending and supporting the campaign over the years, particularly the councillors who had been very helpful at all times.

He cited the Water Treatment Works at Buckland as a good example of a reasonable camouflage colour scheme with different shades of green on various elevations.


The Chairman advised attendees that colours can and may look different, when used in an application, from the specific samples in the catalogue, and would be affected by ageing.


G. Hook advised that there was now a good dialogue between the residents and the laundry – thanks to Mr. Edgecumbes’ work.  Sunlight had pointed out they did not want to paint the building but would do it as a negotiated favour and to be “good neighbours”. Cllr. Hook has obtained a cheque for £10,000 from Devon County Council towards the painting costs. If a colour is agreed promptly Sunlight may be able to carry out half of the work before Christmas and the other half in April/May 2009.  It was understood by G. Hook and L. Edgecumbe from a prior meeting with Sunlight that 2 elevations (those facing Aller Park and Sainsburys’, roof, doors, and the chimney would be painted, with the exception of the elevation facing the Kingskerswell Road and the external brickwork of the Admin. area.



As part of the negotiations the Sunlight directors wanted:-

·         To install some low level/low intensity bollard lighting (approximately 2ft. 6ins. high) facing the laundry to aid pedestrian visibility in their car parks.  This probably would not require planning permission, and is a result of a Health and Safety incident.

·         A reduction in the speed limit on the country road on which the laundry entrance is sited.  Devon County Council had suggested this could be possible.


They also advised the colour of their vehicles would be gradually changing to white with a yellow logo over a period of 3 to 4 years. Only new vehicles would be in the new livery – current vehicles would not be repainted. It is to be hoped that the ‘Screening Trees’ would have, by then, established and capable of obscuring the majority of vehicles.


One person on the floor stated that a paint specialist should have been available at the meeting. Due to an ongoing debate with the Chairman and another members’ question simultaneously, it was not possible to reply to this questioner.

(Editor: However, it should be pointed out here that this would have required a fee, to which residents would have had to contribute, and we were there only to discuss choice of colours – not the technicalities of paintworking).


Mr. J. Steer of Addison Road queried whether the large blue doors were to be included in the painting scheme. L. Edgecumbe replied that he thought it was the case, but would confirm with the management as soon as possible. This was done the next day and Mr. Steer advised by telephone that the doors were included in the scheme.


L. Edgecumbe advised the floor that the exterior of the building was laminated steel which required a special type of paint and method of application. Several manufacturers colour charts were on hand for comparison etc. These were for reference only as the actual paint to be used would have to be especially sourced.


It was proposed and seconded that the colours should be shades of green and the paint in a matt finish.  The roof and chimney should be in a darker shade than the side elevations.  A vote was taken and the show of hands indicated the vast majority agreed with these suggestions.


A colour called Topiary Green from the ‘HomeBase Classic’ colour chart was suggested for the roof and chimney.  A vote was taken and the show of hands indicated the majority agreed with this suggestion. (7 votes = Too dark. 4 votes = Too light, Majority agreed as satisfactory).


A vote was taken on a choice of 5 shades of green suggested by the floor of the meeting from the colour charts available, and also the unnamed “Hybrid” colour in a picture of the laundry supplied by Sunlight and exhibited in the room.  A further vote was taken on the 2 shades that had received the most votes (Proposal 1/’Sisal’ in ‘HomeBase Classic’ colour chart = 14 votes. Proposal 6/”Hybrid” as per the management supplied photograph = 21 votes), A. Johns having verified all persons had seen the colour on the laundry picture.  The majority voted by a show of hands for the “Hybrid” colour in the picture.


In summary the colours agreed were:-

·         A colour called Topiary Green from the ‘HomeBase Classic’ colour chart for the roof and chimney.

·         The “Hybrid” colour in a picture of the laundry supplied by Sunlight and exhibited in the room for the side elevations and doors.



G. Hook and L. Edgecumbe would advise the laundry of the colours selected by the residents who attended the meeting. They would be having discussions at a date to be fixed, but as soon as possible in order to progress the work.


The Chairman thanked all attendees for their contribution to the meeting.


The meeting ended at 20.35.



Signed:…………………….. A. Johns (Chairman).    ……………………L. Edgecumbe (Organiser).






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