WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Councillors Evelyn Aldridge, Robert Aldridge, Bryan Corps, Cheryl Hemming,
Gavin Hemming, and Vinay Vyas.
64. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No Member had an interest to declare.
65. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9TH OCTOBER 2007
The Minutes of the Meeting of 9th October 2007 were approved as a correct record. There were no matters arising.
66. POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDEN LIAISON
PC Shardlow reported that five untaxed vehicles had recently been removed by the DVLA, two of which were vans belonging to the previously discussed fly-tipper. The DVLA were to maintain a presence in Slough for the remainder of the year. Removal of the reported tyres at Quinbrookes garages was also being chased up.
The Wexham and Langley area had been leafleted prior to Halloween, and this resulted in only two calls being received and dealt with on the night. The number of youths gathering at the rear of the Parish Hall had been reduced due to frequent checks on the area by the Neighbourhood Policing Team. Some evidence of cannabis had been discovered and one of the youths, who had also been seen in The Cherries, had been caught in possession of the drug.
The team had been dealing with various issues on the estate, including vehicle problems, and had been speaking to local residents who were now getting to know the new Officers.
PCSO Pietro Mingolla, the newest member of the team, introduced himself to the Council and explained that his training was ongoing whilst working the beat with his colleagues.
PC Shardlow reported that, following his initiative for a mural to be created in the alleyway between Wexham Road and The Frithe, Slough Borough Council had now put a mural in place. He was disappointed that his plans to undertake this project with local school pupils had been thwarted, and had asked that a section of the wall be reserved for this purpose. He had been advised that SBC were now planning to add the word ‘peace’ in other languages to the mural.
The Chairman invited the new PCSO’s to join him on his next Estate Inspection and he would liaise with them in this regard. He also reported his concerns in regard to a local couple in Norway Drive who were suffering daily abuse from two youths. The Parish Council was still awaiting receipt of the promised letter regarding the Policing Team’s use of the Hall.
Community Warden Linda Corcoran was introduced to the Council and clarified that she had been in her new role for only two months but that she knows the area well having previously lived in Hillersdon. All Members and Officers were invited to contact Linda should any assistance with community matters be required, and the Clerk and Chairman made arrangements to meet with her the following day. Some current issues were raised including a noise nuisance reported by an elderly resident, dog-fouling on the Parish land, and the ongoing problem of litter and broken glass at The Cherries. The Clerk recorded her thanks on behalf of the Council to Councillor Corps and his wife, Pat, who had been regularly visiting The Cherries Play Area and clearing up the litter and glass.
A member of the public enquired about a skip on the road and it was confirmed that warning lights should be put in place around skips for safety reasons. This matter had already been reported by Councillor MacIsaac and the skip would be removed soon.
67. INFORMATION REPORTS - MEMBERS & BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
Councillor MacIsaac reported the following:
v SBC had suffered a breakdown in their computer system and this had caused some delays to items such as planning applications and the fortnightly lists.
v The Borough Council was carrying out a public consultation regarding the future of the Town Hall.
v A resident in The Frithe had been causing an environmental problem due to the number of dogs he had been breeding on the premises. The Environmental Health Department was dealing with this.
v The Mo’s Pizza shop on Knolton Way parade had been told to vacate but were refusing to do so. They would be taken to Court for eviction. Since becoming involved in this issue, Councillor MacIsaac had suffered several incidents of vandalism on his home and property and had now installed CCTV.
v The alleyway from Armstrong House had now been cleaned up but there was a problem with youths gathering there.
v A local death had occurred following a fight between two lodgers on Sunday last.
The Clerk enquired whether the wall at the rear of Knolton Way shops had now been repaired since this had been scheduled for 5th June. It had still not been done despite Councillor MacIsaac having chased it up several times.
The Chairman had reported the trees at the corner of Berryfield and The Frithe which were obstructing the view from the junction. He was advised that all the local trees would be pruned. The new Tree Officer was Philip Coupland.
It had taken the Chairman some time to find out who was responsible for the placement of litter bins at Knolton Way Shops, but he was eventually advised that there are sufficient bins for the area. The excess litter was being caused by the pizza shop.
The Chairman and the Clerk had attended a meeting with SBC’s Michael Condon regarding arrangements for the new piece of land being leased to the Parish Council. They had also attended a further meeting with the Legal Department with reference to an amendment to the Lease due to the placement of an electricity sub-station for the new Care Homes. Completion of the Leases was now awaited.
The Chairman had been liaising with Sing-Wai Yu of the Highways Department regarding illegal dropped curbs around the estate. Mr Yu was also keen to deal with the problem of parking on verges.
The Remembrance Day service had been attended by the Chairman and Councillor Dianne Walker and a poppy wreath was laid on behalf of the Parish Council.
68. FINANCIAL REPORT
The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for the 1st to 30th September and invited questions from Members.
The Annual Return had now been approved and returned by the auditor, who had included a comment that the accounts were submitted late. The auditor’s statement in this regard was read out to the Council in accordance with the statutory requirement.
It was noted that Central Government legislation had been introduced to bring forward the date by which Annual Returns should be submitted. However, since notice of the new changes had not been received in time for the July meeting, the Finance Clerk had been given written permission by the auditor to submit this year’s accounts within the normal timescale (i.e. approval by Full Council at the September meeting). The Council therefore considered that the auditor’s comment on the Annual Return was both unnecessary and inappropriate. It was further noted that it was indeed just a comment, and not a reprimand.
Councillor Rajput requested clarification of the dates for approval of the accounts in subsequent years and the Finance Clerk provided this.
RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for September 2007 be approved, and authority be given for twenty-five cheques to be signed.
69. REPORT OF THE CLERK AND PLANNING MATTERS
The Clerk had previously circulated updates to Members regarding recent planning applications and various items were discussed. Objections had been raised to applications at 1 Farm Crescent, 102 Norway Drive, and 175 Knolton Way.
Various problems were ongoing in relation to hirers from outside the Parish using the Parish Hall. The Clerk suggested that if use of the Hall was restricted to local residents and regular hirers, who have more respect for the premises, then the said problems could be greatly reduced. BALC would be contacted for legal advice in this regard prior to any decision being taken. Councillor Rajput requested statistical evidence that the problems were caused by outside hires. However, whilst the Clerk had spent many late nights dealing with problem bookings, she had no written record of such incidents apart from those which were serious enough to warrant the withholding of deposits. The matter was deferred pending advice.
Complaints had been received that the dog loo on Wexham Road adjacent to the amenity field had been removed. Councillor MacIsaac offered to find out what had happened to it.
70. CHRISTMAS CHARITY FUNDRAISING EVENT
Due to the success of last year’s fundraising event, the Chairman proposed that a similar event should take place in December in support of the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust. He suggested similar arrangements to the previous occasion and this was unanimously approved. The Clerk had already obtained the approval of the Bowls Club to use their premises, and Members and staff would be notified of the exact date in due course.
RESOLVED: That the said fundraising event be approved, date to be advised, and,
a) proceeds from the raffle be equalled by a Parish Council donation and presented to the Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance Trust, and,
b) the sum of £150 be provided for refreshments.
71. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
The Chairman included this item on the Agenda since time allowed. A resident enquired when the new traffic lights for the Sikh School would be working. The Chairman had already looked into this and had been advised that they should be operational by the end of the month.
Residents suggested that, since the next meeting would be in the Festive Season, perhaps refreshments and mince pies could be provided.
The Meeting closed at 8.30 p.m.
72. The Part II item was deferred to the December Meeting of Full Council.
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