WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL
ANNUAL REPORT 2006/2007
Members and Officers at end of year
Councillor Mrs Evelyn Aldridge, 353 Uxbridge Road,
Wexham, Slough, SL2 5RG. (Tel: 01753 526438) (Ind)
Councillor Robert Aldridge, 4 Welden, Wexham,
Slough, SL2 5SJ. (Tel: 01753 732565) (Ind)
Councillor Bryan Corps, 42 Norway Drive, Wexham,
Slough, SL2 5QW. (Tel: 01753 532309) (Ind)
Councillor Dave Davies, 96 Norway Drive, Wexham,
Slough, SL2 5QW. (Tel: 01753 670693) (Ind)
Councillor Henry Egan, 44 Norway Drive, Wexham,
Slough, SL2 5QW. (Tel: 01753 534924) (Ind)
Councillor Tony Haines, 537 Rochfords Gardens,
Slough, SL2 5XG. (Tel: 01753 538263) (Ind)
Councillor Mrs Cheryl Hemming, 21 Farm Crescent,
Wexham, Slough, SL2 5TQ. (Tel: 01753 524930) (Ind)
Councillor Gavin Hemming, 21 Farm Crescent,
Wexham, Slough, SL2 5TQ. (Tel: 01753 524930) (Ind)
Councillor David MacIsaac, 156 Knolton Way, Wexham,
Slough, SL2 5RY. (Tel: 01753 532774) (Ind)
Councillor Dalip Rajput, 12 Shaggy Calf Lane,
Slough, SL2 5HJ. (Tel: (mobile) 07958 192226) (Ind)
Councillor Miss Dianne Walker,, Wexham, Slough,
(Tel: 01753 799018) (Ind)
Clerk to the Council: Mrs Dianne Egan, 44 Norway Drive,
Wexham, Slough, SL2 5QW. (Tel: 01753 534924)
Finance Clerk: Mrs Tina Kellett, Sedgemere, Stonecroft
Avenue, Iver, Bucks, SL0 9QG. (Tel: 01753 651790)
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STATEMENT FROM THE CHAIRMAN
It has been an honour to serve you as Chairman of the Parish Council for the last quarter of this municipal year, and it gives me great pleasure to present to you our Annual Report. I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Clerk, the Finance Clerk, my fellow Parish Councillors, and our four other members of staff, all of whose hard work throughout the year is much appreciated. The efficient management of the Parish Council is entirely due to the collective efforts of our team, of whom I am proud. We look forward to serving you for the next Term of Office (2007-2011), and would stress that the key priority of the current Parish Council is to continue to represent the best interests of the people of Wexham.
The forthcoming year will see a major change taking place to the northernmost part of our estate, namely the construction of the elderly care homes that are to be built on the land north of the Norway Drive amenity field, south of The Lodge. Whilst the loss of this open green land is hugely disappointing, we have accepted that the building of care homes will be far less imposing than the previous plans to saturate the site with social housing. The care home plans show that they will be carefully landscaped, including the planting of new trees, and it is hoped that this will provide a more pleasant overall appearance and help the homes to blend in with the surroundings. Following the construction of the care homes, a 1.5 acre wedge of remaining land at the Wexham Road end will be leased to the Parish Council for continued use by our residents, and this is something we have fought hard to achieve.
At this point in time (April 2007) we still have two Borough Councillors serving on the Parish Council, and they provide a direct link with the Borough Council which is of great benefit to us in relation to the exchange of information. All three of the Wexham Lea Ward Borough Councillors are invited to attend our monthly Parish Meetings and to report on their local activities.
The Parish Council meets on the second Tuesday in each month (except for January and August) at the Parish Hall, commencing at 7:30 p.m. Members of the public are invited to attend each meeting, part of which is reserved for the public to ask questions or raise local issues and concerns. We strive to resolve such matters, or to offer advice and guidance, wherever possible. You are of course welcome to come along to any meeting to witness the Council carrying out its business whether or not you have any specific items to raise. We welcome your presence and your comments.
We prepared and delivered a Christmas Newsletter to every dwelling in the Parish containing information of interest to residents and, as usual, these were delivered by your Parish Councillors free of charge to keep costs to a minimum. This Annual Report also contains contact details and photographs of all Parish Councillors and Officers for your reference.
The Parish Council continues to maintain a close relationship with our local schools and we regularly attend various events and meetings. Trophies have been purchased for both Wexham School and Wexham Primary School as part of our Awards Scheme, for which a special pupil is nominated annually to receive a gift from the Parish in recognition of their achievements.
We also support the activities of the local Wexham Bowls Club and present a Parish trophy to the winner of the annual Charity Open Day match. All monies raised at these events are presented to the winner’s nominated charity.
Our local Beat Officer, Cerrig Shardlow, deserves a special mention and I would like to thank him for his ongoing hard work. In addition, many of you are no doubt aware that we now have an excellent Community Warden, Chris Spencer, who can be regularly seen on his rounds, sometimes accompanied by one or more of our Members and the Clerk whilst carrying out estate inspections. Both Cerrig and Chris maintain regular contact with the Parish Council and attend most of our meetings. Wexham continues to enjoy the lowest crime rate in the whole of the Slough area, and this is largely due to the joint efforts of Cerrig and Chris and their close work with the Parish Council and the Community. The Clerk has sent letters of commendation to Cerrig and Chris’ managers on our behalf.
Parish Council Members and Officers deal with a wide range of matters and many of these are outlined in the centre section of this booklet entitled: ‘WCPC… YOUR PARISH COUNCIL… what do we do for you?’ (Note: Please click the link on the homepage to view this... yourparishcouncil.htm)
Residents are encouraged to make use of and to look after the facilities and amenities provided, including the Parish Hall and Tennis Courts, The Cherries Play Area, and our Allotment Site.
Please remember that we cannot be on duty 24 hours per day and we therefore rely partly on our residents to report criminal activities. If you see anything illegal or suspicious taking place on the estate please contact the Police, the Community Warden team, or any one of your local Councillors. Local youths need to be reminded that any damage they cause is paid for by their fellow residents, neighbours and, ultimately, their own parents, through the Parish Precept.
Most of our Council Members live within the boundaries of the Parish and enjoy representing the local people with whom they share a common interest. We all make ourselves available to be contacted at home and we also have a website (www.wexhamcourt.co.uk), which is managed and maintained by the Clerk, through which all Members can be contacted. The website contains various information about the Parish Council and our local area, and minutes of our meetings are also published therein.
I would like to thank the residents of Wexham Court for their continued support, and my colleagues and I look forward to working with you during the coming year.
DAVE DAVIES, CHAIRMAN
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PARISH COUNCIL INFORMATION
PARISH PRECEPT – Wexham Court Parish Council strive to keep the Precept as low as possible whilst maintaining the level of service we provide. Despite the substantial cost of recent renovations to the Parish Hall, Tennis Courts and The Cherries Play Area we have managed to hold the Precept for the coming year at the same level as last year, thus showing a continuance of controlled expenditure.
PARISH HALL - The Parish Hall is well used for events such as meetings, parties and weddings. Various regular functions also take place that are of benefit to the community including a Tae Kwon Do school on Mondays, an Asian Drummers class on Tuesdays, a Games Club on Fridays, and Glad Tidings Group meetings every Sunday. Wexham School has recently been making use of the Hall during the daytime, for which they have been granted a special rate since it relates to the education of our local students. The rates of hire are reviewed annually by the Finance & General Purpose Committee and we continue to offer discounted rates for Parish residents and community groups. Enquiries in regard to hiring of the Parish Hall can be made with our Booking Clerk, Lynne, on 01753 574945.
Renovation of the Hall roofing has taken place during the last year, together with some interior decoration and essential electrical work. Further improvements are planned for the forthcoming year and the estimated costs of this work have been included in the budget accordingly.
THE CHERRIES PLAY AREA – Various work was carried out by the Parish Council on The Cherries Play Area last summer. Some of the older items were replaced with updated equipment to make the area safer and more interesting for our younger residents. In addition, the hedges surrounding part of the site were removed so as to increase visibility of the area and prevent the build-up of litter amongst the shrubbery. My sincere thanks to Councillor Robert Aldridge and the Clerk for their assistance in helping me to progress The Cherries project.
Sadly, some damage and graffiti has already been inflicted on the new equipment, which I suspect is caused by irresponsible older youths who shouldn’t even be using the play area. Please be aware that the equipment is intended for use only by children up to 14 years old, although I regret that the Parish Council has no way of policing this on a daily basis. Should you witness any abuse of the play area, please contact the Police or the Community Warden team.
It should be noted that NO financial assistance is offered by the Borough Council in providing new equipment and this responsibility therefore falls to the Parish and must be funded out of the Precept. The removal of the hedges and repairs to the fencing was also paid by the Parish. However, regular cutting of the grass and litter collection is Slough Borough Council’s responsibility and residents should contact the Parks Department if this is not done. It is hoped that further improvements can be made to the play area in the future as soon as the Parish budget allows.
COMMUNITY CARE - The Council continues to make grants to Community Groups working in the Parish, including St Mary’s Church and the Wexham Brownies.
BERKSHIRE ASSOCIATION OF LOCAL COUNCILS - The Parish Council continues to be a Member of the National Association of Local Councils and the Berkshire Association of Local Councils. These organisations offer essential advice and assistance to Local Authorities.
BOWLING GREEN - The Wexham Bowls Club site is included in our lease from the Borough Council. The Club is managed independently, but they continue to make a rink available to the public when not required for competitions. Enquiries in this regard should be made direct to the Club.
TENNIS COURTS - The renovated Tennis Courts are well used throughout the year and the City Tennis Club continue to hold training sessions on Saturdays. Use of the courts is free, and all the Parish Council asks is that people show the appropriate respect for the facilities and only use the courts for tennis. The playing of football, cricket, or any other inappropriate pastime is not permitted since such activities can cause damage to the surface which is expensive to repair.
PLANNING MATTERS - The Parish Council reviews planning applications for properties within the Parish and makes comments and representations to the Borough Council on behalf of our residents. However, it should be noted that the final decision in respect of any given application rests with the SBC Planning Department, who often approve inappropriate developments despite our formal objections.
MEMBERSHIP - There has been one change to the current Membership of the Parish Council during the past year. Councillor Simon Goddard sadly resigned his position due to additional work commitments in his full-time job. This vacancy was later filled by Miss Dianne Walker, who has now settled well into her new role and takes a keen interest in all meetings, events and local issues. It should be noted that Councillor Bryan Corps continues to play an important role within the Parish Council, despite his ongoing illness, and he attends meetings and events whenever possible.
Attendance at Meetings of Full Council (11 Members, total of 11 meetings), and Finance & General Purposes Committee (4 Members + Chairman, total of 4 meetings), during the last municipal year is as shown below: -
*(Please note that Cllr Corps’ attendance has been restricted due to his ill health)
**(Note that Cllr Walker has attended all meetings since her election to the Council in October 2006)
Evelyn Aldridge 8
Robert Aldridge 7 / 3
Bryan Corps 4 *(see note above)
Dave Davies 10 / 3
Henry Egan 10/ 3
Tony Haines 7
Cheryl Hemming 8/ 4
Gavin Hemming 8 / 3
David MacIsaac 9
Dalip Rajput 8
Dianne Walker 6 **(of a possible 6)
Meetings of the Health & Safety Working Group also take place periodically for the purpose of carrying out inspections and risk assessments.
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Note: A hard copy of the Annual Report, including an invitation to the Annual General Parish Assembly, is delivered to every household in the Parish. This year's Report also included other information items, including photographs of the Councillors, and the article about what we do for you on the centre pages, that are already published elsewhere on this website.
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