WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Councillors Robert Aldridge, Bryan Corps,
David MacIsaac, Tony Haines.
Borough Councillor Latif Khan.
It was noted that Councillors Cheryl and Gavin Hemming had resigned from the Council and would be moving abroad in the near future.
73. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No Member had an interest to declare.
74. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13TH NOVEMBER 2007
The Minutes of the Meeting of 13th November 2007 were approved as a correct record. There were no matters arising.
75. MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 6TH DECEMBER 2007
The Budget and Precept figures for 2008/09 were discussed and some minor amendments noted. The Minutes of the F&GP Meeting of 6th December 2007, together with the Budget and Precept, were subsequently approved.
76. POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDEN LIAISON
Sgt. Moores was pleased to report that local burglary and vehicle crime figures were down. The Community Policing Team was aware of the individuals who pose problems, some of whom had already been arrested and prosecuted. The increased Police presence in Wexham had proved to be a great advantage. The Team was still monitoring incidents of graffiti which was an ongoing problem.
A neighbourhood action group (NAG) meeting had recently been held at the Parish Hall which was attended by 37 people. Residents had been invited to highlight their priorities, and these included speeding vehicles, under-age drinking/drinking in public, and problems caused by students going to and from Wexham School. The issues with Wexham School seemed to indicate that there was a behavioural problem and the Police would involve the school Head in the NAG group with a view to resolving this. It was also hoped that a representative of the Sikh Temple would attend to discuss various issues. A further NAG meeting would be arranged in the New Year.
Parking issues outside local schools were being monitored and it was suggested that the placement of traffic cones may be trialled in the New Year.
Community Warden Linda Corcoran reported that she had been attending various NAG meetings and would continue to do so. She had chased up the damaged fence at The Cherries Play Area and this had now been repaired by SBC. She had been advised that the Quinbrookes garage site would be cleaned up during the next two weeks, and damaged garages boarded up. A site meeting would be taking place later in the week. Councillor Vyas reported that the garage site in Mansel Close had also suffered graffiti and the dumping of furniture.
Notices had been placed on several vehicles which were either untaxed or for sale, since street trading was an illegal practice. Letters would also be sent to offenders parking on grass verges.
Dog-fouling signs had now been erected around the Norway Drive amenity field and Linda would be monitoring the area for offenders. PCSO Richard Kulaga also suggested new signage at The Cherries Play Area to give a clear indication of age limits, opening times, etc.
Councillor Rajput complimented the Policing Team on the success of the NAG meeting, and thanked them for their good work in this area which was producing very positive results. This was reiterated by all present.
77. INFORMATION REPORTS - MEMBERS & BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
Councillor Walker reported a damaged pavement in The Cherries and Linda Corcoran would arrange the repair of this with the Borough Council. Linda also offered to investigate damage to the grass verge caused by a development at the junction of Knolton Way and Winwood.
Councillor Vyas advised that he would be happy to attend estate inspections, etc, whenever such activities are scheduled.
Councillor MacIsaac had reported the following to the Clerk:
v The wall at the rear of Knolton Way shops had now been repaired.
v The missing Wexham Road dog bin would be replaced once the care home building work was completed.
v SBC was awaiting a court date to evict the proprietors of the pizza shop.
v Bollards were to be installed at the entrance to the Edmunds Way garages to prevent entry by heavy vehicles.
v The large bins and recycling boxes provided to 103 Quinbrookes had gone missing and replacements had been ordered, to be charged to the landlord.
v A motion had been submitted to Central Government to encourage the licensing of two-storey properties, as well as three-storey, being used for rent. This trend of letting out properties was adversely affecting the housing market, making it difficult for local couples to get on the ladder.
v Following consultation it was decided by popular request that the Town Hall would be moved to the town centre, keeping the frontage of the old building for historic interest.
The Chairman had attended various meetings with the Clerk and continued to carry out regular Estate Inspections and liaise with residents.
78. FINANCIAL REPORT
The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for October, and invited questions from Members.
Following the resignations of Councillors Cheryl and Gavin Hemming, nominations were invited for new Members to join the F&GP Committee and Councillors Dianne Walker, Vinay Vyas and David MacIsaac volunteered their services. Training for these new Members with the Finance Clerk would be arranged in due course, and the bank mandate would be updated.
RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for October 2007 be approved, and authority be given for twenty-five cheques to be signed.
79. 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 39 Farm Crescent, 86 The Cherries, and 200 Knolton Way. A request was also raised to apply a condition not to be used for trade purposes to the proposed double garage at 125 The Frithe.
The Clerk was extremely pleased to report that the Parish Leases had now been completed and she and the Chairman had presented the sub-Lease to the Bowls Club. The Parish Website had been updated to record this achievement. The Clerk expressed her sincere thanks to the Chairman, Borough Councillors, and Henry Egan for their assistance in bringing the Lease saga to a successful conclusion.
80. PURCHASE OF PROTECTIVE CAGES FOR PARISH HALL DRAIN PIPES
The Chairman clarified that in order to prevent constant damage occurring to the Parish Hall down-pipes a quote had been obtained for the installation of protective covers over the lower sections. This was approved unanimously.
RESOLVED: That the sum of £686 +VAT be approved for the installation of protective down-pipe covers.
81. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
A resident reported that a breakdown vehicle had been parked every night at number 3 The Frithe and was causing an obstruction. The Chairman had already noted this problem during an estate inspection and had notified SBC.
Damage to the verges opposite St Ethelbertís School was raised and the Chairman reported that he had been chasing this up, together with additional parking issues near other schools in the area. A regular Police presence was needed to resolve this ongoing problem, and the Parish Council continued to pursue SBC in regard to the prosecution of offenders who cause damage to local verges.
Refreshments and mince pies were provided due to the approach of the Festive Season, as requested by residents at the last meeting.
Part I of the Meeting closed at 8.35 p.m.
82. It was Resolved that vouchers to the value of £50 be given to all staff for Christmas 2007.
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