The St Philip and St James (Area) Residents' Association (SPJARA) arose when the St Philip and St James Church Council proposed to build a large two-storey 'Community Centre' on the land between Church House and the church. 193 local residents objected to the proposed building on environmental, traffic and other grounds, and a group of them came together to form SPJARA to lead the opposition. We were formally constituted in February 2006 to represent the interests of residents in the area (the Church Council has since abandoned the scheme).
Despite its origins, right from the outset SPJARA has been committed to positive action. Our statutes (for full text, see /statutes.html) say that we will: