We are a non-political organisation that has been established for the purpose of bringing local people together and developing a Neighbourhood Plan for Deptford.
Over the next 10 years we expect several millions of pounds from development earmarked for the community to spend in our area on local projects. Since 2015 Deptford Neighbourhood Action (DNA) has engaged with many local groups and people to find out what matters most to many local people when we consider the future of our neighbourhood.
Working Groups of local volunteers have collected data, reviewed reports, the London Plan and local planning policies to develop the first draft of Deptford Neighbourhood Plan. The current draft work is available here.
We, from DNA and Working Group members, would like to invite you to help us shape and add detail to this first draft of planning policies and priority projects.
Please tell us to what extent you can agree with the initial ideas and add any others.
This is the 6th revision of the Neighbourhood Boundary map, after 3 months of public consultation. The main rational behind the Map is threefold:
The Thames creates a natural boundary to the northeast; Watergate Street, Creek Road, Deptford Church Street, Berthon Street, Creekside and Deptford Creek form the eastern boundary; Broadway Fields, Friendly Street, Lewisham Way, Florence Road and New Cross Road form the the southern boundary; the borough line between Lewisham and Southwark forms the northern boundary; the New Cross railway line forms the western boundary.
Deptford Neighbourhood Action referred to elsewhere in this Constitution as “DNA”, is the name of our neighbourhood forum as defined in the Town and Country Planning Act 1990, as amended by the Localism Act 2011.
The DNA neighbourhood area is shown on the attached map, referred to elsewhere in this constitution as the neighbourhood area.
The DNA neighbourhood area falls within the boundaries of two London Boroughs, Lewisham & Greenwich.
The purpose of DNA is to promote and improve the social, economic and environmental well-being of its residents and businesses. Our overarching objectives of DNA are:
To encourage, empower and enable the involvement of all communities living and working in the defined neighbourhood area in the preparation, production and implementation of the Neighbourhood Development Plan which will aim to:
In furtherance of these overarching objectives the Forum Committee of DNA may exercise the power to:
The Forum shall not be affiliated to any political party.
Membership is open to all people aged 16 years and over who meet any one of the following criteria, in that they:
1. live in the neighbourhood area;
2. work in the local area either on a paid or voluntary basis;
3. are an elected Lewisham or Greenwich London Borough Council member representing a ward in the neighbourhood area;
The Forum Committee members shall be drawn from different places in the neighbourhood area and different sections of the community. DNA shall have a minimum of 21 (twenty one) members, and the Forum Secretary shall maintain a register of members at all times and make it available to any DNA member or the public who requests it. Members will apply for membership and the Forum Committee shall have the power to accept members. Members of the Forum must be 16 (sixteen) years of age and over.
Any DNA member may resign from membership by providing the Forum Committee Secretary with written notice.
The Forum Committee may refuse membership, or may terminate or suspend the
membership of any member by resolution passed at a Forum Committee meeting where it is considered membership would be detrimental to DNA’s objectives and activities.
The DNA Forum Committee shall be elected at the DNA. Annual General Meeting and shall consist of a minimum of 5 (five) members up to a maximum of 15 (fifteen). The quorum for the Committee will be 5 (five) members.DNA will elect the following officers of the Forum from its membership: Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary, Treasurer and Media Officer and any other role that is deemed
necessary. The general term of Office is 1 (one) year.
The Chair of the Forum Committee shall be responsible for:
The Deputy Chair shall be responsible for:
The Treasurer shall be responsible for:
The Secretary shall be responsible for:
The Media Officer shall be responsible for:
All decisions at DNA meetings shall be made on a show of hands of members who are entitled to vote at the meeting.
Annual General Meetings/Special Meetings
An Annual General Meeting of DNA members shall take place once in every calendar year. Notice and an agenda for an Annual General Meeting to DNA members shall be 21 (twenty-one) days. The quorum required for an Annual General Meeting to conduct business shall be 12 (twelve) DNA Members.The Annual General meeting shall:
Elections to the Forum Committee shall take place as follows:
Special Meetings may be called from time to time by the Forum Committee to consider amendments to the constitution or dissolution of the Forum. These shall be subject to the same notice and quorum as Annual General Meetings.
The Committee may co-opt up to three additional members to the Committee in any year, and may also co-opt an appropriate replacement for any Committee
Member who stands down for any reason during the year. Co-opted members will have the same voting rights as other Committee members. A co-opted member may be elected as an officer. The Committee may remove from the Committee any member who fails to attend two consecutive meetings of the Committee without good reason.
Any money acquired by DNA including donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the Forum Committee in the name of DNA Neighbourhood Forum.
All funds must be applied to the DNA objectives and for no other purpose.
Any deeds, cheques etc relating to DNA’s bank account shall be signed by at least 2 (two) Management Committee members, 1 (one) of whom must be the Treasurer.
Any income/expenditure shall be the responsibility of the Treasurer who will be accountable to ensure funds are utilised effectively and that the Forum stays within its budget.
Official accounts shall be maintained, and will be examined annually by an independent accountant who is not a member of the DNA. Forum.
An annual financial report shall be presented by the Treasurer at the DNA Annual General Meeting.
The Secretary will keep a Register of Committee members’ Interests detailing financial interests in the neighbourhood area or any other interest which could be deemed to have an influence on decisions likely to come before the Forum Committee. Members will abstain from voting on any matter in which they have a financial interest.
Any participant in any meeting of the Forum, including committees, sub-committees and working parties, will disclose to the meeting any financial interest s/he has in any topic under discussion, and will not discuss or vote on such topic except with the express approval of the meeting.
Any changes to this constitution must be agreed by a majority vote at a special general meeting, called specifically for the purpose under the same conditions that apply to Annual General Meetings specified above, with the exception that such a vote will only be carried if supported by 75% or more of those voting.
Proposed amendments to this Constitution of DNA must be conveyed to the Secretary formally in writing. The DNA Secretary and other DNA officers shall then decide whether to put the proposed amendments to a DNA special general meeting for discussion and decision.
DNA may be dissolved if deemed necessary by the members in a majority vote at a special meeting, with the exception that such a vote will only be carried if supported by 75% or more of those voting.
Any assets or remaining funds after debts have been paid shall subject to the agreement of the Members at a General Meeting, be allocated to one or more nominated organisations set up to continue the work of DNA or in the absence of any such organisation and subject to any statutory regulations, be distributed equally to the constituent local organisations who are its members (but not to individual members).
In accordance with the Localism Act, a formal review of the functions and achievements of DNA will be carried out five years after its formation. Following such review, and consultation with its members, DNA will decide to continue, amend or dissolve itself as considered appropriate.
This constitution was adopted at the Inaugural Meeting of the Deptford Neighbourhood Action held at Deptford Lounge on 18th July 2015.