WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Councillor Bryan Corps (unwell).
PC Nick Currie, PCSO Richard Kulaga.
Community Warden Linda Corcoran.
95. INTRODUCTION OF NEW PARISH COUNCIL MEMBERS
The Clerk confirmed that two new Members had been co-opted to fill the vacancies and she welcomed Councillors Pauline Cordery and Patrick Donachy who duly signed their Declarations of Acceptance of Office.
96. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
Councillor MacIsaac reiterated his interest in respect of being Chair of the SBC Planning Committee.
97. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 12TH FEBRUARY 2008
The Minutes of the Meeting of 12th February 2008 were approved as a correct record. There were no matters arising.
98. MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 28TH FEBRUARY 2008
The Minutes of the F&GP Meeting of 28th February 2008 were approved as a correct record and the recommendations of the F&GP Committee therein were also approved.
99. POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDEN LIAISON
The Policing Team reported that another three street cautions for possession of cannabis had recently been issued. They had also been dealing with ongoing problems relating to local school pupils. A truancy sweep had been set up and pupils were being rounded up around the estate and returned to school. It was noted that Sixth Formers were permitted to leave the school at various times since they are there voluntarily. Regular Police checks were taking place in the areas of The Cherries and Knolton Way shops.
PC Shardlow had been on a media course, and PC Currie had attended a speeding course (i.e. how to deal with speeding vehicles). PCSO Mingola had arranged the removal of an untaxed car at Quinbrookes garages, and Smart-water had been issued to St Joseph’s school to protect their property.
The Team suggested that maybe they could work together with the Parish Council to find ways of funding the proposed new multi-games area. They had discussed this with local youths, who appreciated that we were trying to do something for them. Consultation with local residents was currently taking place in relation to the games area. It was reported that SBC would be sending youth workers out on the estate to talk to our young people about various matters.
The placement of a lockable notice board at the front of the Parish Hall had been requested, for use by the Policing Team, and this was approved.
Community Warden Linda Corcoran was unable to attend the meeting but had provided an update to the Clerk in relation to the placement of dog fouling signs, information about additional dog bins, and removal of the derelict garages at the Quinbrookes garage site.
100. INFORMATION REPORTS - MEMBERS & BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
Councillor MacIsaac reported that a rumour about Armstrong House being pulled down was untrue. The Chairman pointed out that the new Council Tax bills had failed to indicate that the Parish tax had been reduced and Councillor MacIsaac offered to raise this issue with SBC.
Councillor Khan reported that Castleview had been discussed at a Cabinet meeting and it had been agreed that it would not be sold at present. In order to sell the land a covenant would need to be removed.
Councillor Vyas raised the problem of a stack of bricks and sand outside a property in Knolton Way. Councillor Aldridge had been dealing with this and various other planning concerns were also being followed up by Members and the Clerk.
Councillor Walker reported that the road signs which had recently been knocked down had now been re-erected.
The Chairman advised that a large amount of oil escaping onto the road and down the drains in Norway Drive had caused a major incident. This was due to a coach being grounded whilst turning. The Police responded quickly but it had taken three hours for an Environmental Department representative to turn up. The Chairman and Clerk had helped the Police to redirect the traffic since it had happened just before the school-run. The drains would now need to be cleaned.
The Chairman and Clerk had attended the stone foundation ceremony at the care home construction site together with Councillors Evelyn Aldridge and David MacIsaac. They were also shown around one of the new buildings and it had proved to be an interesting morning.
Some children had been caught throwing stones at passing vehicles and the Chairman had reprimanded them. He had also apprehended someone dumping tyres in Quinbrookes garages during an estate inspection.
A meeting had taken place between the Chairman, the Clerk, and the Head of Wexham School in relation to the amount of mud being deposited on the road by the construction vehicles. This would be followed up.
101. FINANCIAL REPORT
The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for the 1st to 31st January and invited questions from Members. She had not yet been notified who was to be appointed as the new External Auditor.
RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for January 2008 be approved, and authority be given for twenty-five cheques to be signed.
102. 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 an application at 9 Farm Crescent.
Notification had been received that former Borough Councillor and Mayor Ken Small had recently passed away. Members were invited to attend his funeral service and civic procession, the details of which were clarified.
Consultation letters in relation to the proposed new games area had been printed and distributed by the Clerk and Chairman to all properties in the northern part of the estate. Residents had been given 30 days to respond.
103. APPROVAL OF CAMERA UPGRADE FOR PARISH HALL CCTV
This item had been deferred from the January meeting and the Chairman again clarified the quotations received to improve the CCTV system. It was noted that no Members had made arrangements with the Clerk to view the existing system. Following further enquiries by the Clerk we had now been offered the upgrade at a reduced additional cost of £547 per annum. The Members now agreed this expenditure on the grounds that the improved system may lead to clearer identification of vandals. However, they made it clear that they would not support any further upgrades in the near future.
The Clerk recorded her thanks to Henry Egan for his support earlier that day in tackling two youths who were spraying graffiti around the Hall.
RESOLVED: That the costs of £547 per annum for upgrading of the CCTV system be approved, the Clerk to arrange for the work to be carried out.
104. PURCHASE OF NEW DOG BINS REQUESTED BY THE PUBLIC
The Chairman clarified the need for an increased number of dog bins around the estate. As SBC were reluctant to provide these, it was proposed that the Parish Council could fund some additional bins for the benefit of our residents.
This item was deferred pending enquiries by the Borough Councillors to try and obtain a discounted price for the Parish. Councillor Robert Aldridge was tasked with identifying the areas where additional bins were needed.
105. SPONSORING OF A VEHICLE FOR NEIGHBOURHOOD POLICE TEAM
This item was deferred pending further information.
106. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
Two young men were present at the meeting who had recently formed an organisation to get local youth involved in group activities. They had already been liaising with Wexham School, who had given them permission to use school equipment for sports tournaments. Funding was being obtained from various sources and it was hoped that the Parish Council would also support their work. It was explained that free use of the tennis courts was available, and the installation of a multi-games area was currently being considered. Clarification was requested in relation to the working practices of the organisation and what support they might need from the Parish. This information would be provided to the Clerk in due course.
At their meeting with the Head of Wexham School, the Chairman and Clerk had raised the issue of the restricted opening times at the all-weather pitch. The Head agreed to investigate the possibility of extending the current opening times for use by our local young people.
The meeting closed at 8.45pm
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