WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL
PC Jim Jenkin and Beat Officer Cerrig Shardlow.
Three members of the public.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Councillors Bryan Corps, Dave Davies, Simon Goddard,
Tony Haines, and Dalip Rajput.
Borough Councillor Latif Khan.
93. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
The Chairman declared an interest in relation to Part II.
94. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 11TH OCTOBER 2005
The Minutes of the Meeting of 11th October 2005 were approved as a correct record. An update was provided with regard to the proposal to appoint two Youth Representatives from Wexham School to serve on the Council. A meeting with the school had taken place on 1st November to discuss this matter and a report of the meeting was distributed to Members. A further meeting with the School Youth Council had been arranged for 23rd November, which all Members were welcome to attend.
95. POLICE LIAISON
PC Jenkin reported that some youths had recently been apprehended in relation to local burglaries, and that the number of incidents had since reduced. He also reported that joy-riders were currently being targeted, and that he had dealt with a dumped motorcycle near the Parish Hall grounds which had now been removed. He was thanked for keeping us informed during PC Shardlow’s holiday leave.
The Chairman stated that the police had been called to deal with two vehicles from a local problem family who were seen driving at speed around the field to the north of Norway Drive. He was disappointed that the police had taken no action, despite having seen the perpetrators leaving the area. PC Shardlow said that he had seen the report on this incident and would follow it up. He had recently dealt with some Halloween and firework incidents and the perpetrators’ parents had been spoken to.
96. INFORMATION REPORTS
Councillor MacIsaac reported that Community Wardens are being trained to deal with local parking issues, including parking on grass verges, and training should be completed during 2006. He also reported that the Orchard End planning application had been approved since it fell within the Government guidelines. Legislation on high hedges could now be enforced under the Environment Act. Hedges that were overgrown onto paths were deterring parents from walking their children to school, and one local school had consistently failed to get their hedges cut back sufficiently. Councillor MacIsaac offered to follow this up.
Councillor Robert Aldridge reported that the problem of irresponsible parking of vehicles outside local primary schools was ongoing. He had tried asking some people to move but such confrontations often met with verbal abuse. The backup of the Police or Parking Wardens was still required to deal with such issues and PC Shardlow would try to assist when on duty.
The Chairman had previously prepared a written report and this was circulated to Members and to the public attending the meeting. He reported that he had received a telephone call from a concerned resident regarding an trench that had been dug in a footpath without any barriers or safety precautions. This matter was reported to Highways and had since been dealt with.
97. SUB-COMMITTEE UPDATES
The Autumn Newsletter had now been distributed to residents within the Parish.
98. FINANCIAL REPORT
The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for the 1st to 30th September and questions from Members were invited. The 2004/05 Audited Accounts had now been forwarded to Hacker Young.
RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for September 2005 be approved, and that authority be given for twenty-five cheques to be signed.
99. REPORT OF THE CLERK AND PLANNING MATTERS
The Clerk had previously circulated updates to Members regarding recent planning applications and various items were discussed. Concerns were raised regarding retrospective applications and it was explained that nothing can be done to prevent building taking place prior to applications being approved unless a complaint is received by the Planning Inspectors. One such complaint had recently been investigated and the applicant had agreed to reduce the height of his extension. The Chairman enquired about the draft local planning document that had recently been prepared by SBC. Planning Officers were currently following the new guidelines and junior Officers were being supervised to ensure that the new guidelines were being applied.
The Clerk reported that a Slough Bus Strategy Workshop would be taking place at the Town Hall on the afternoon of 14th November. Councillor MacIsaac offered to attend this and provide feedback. The Chairman asked him to point out at the meeting that Parish Members were often unable to attend such afternoon events due to work commitments, and could they therefore rethink their policy in this regard.
An invitation to all Parish Council Members and Officers had been received from the Mayor to attend a buffet supper in the Mayor’s Parlour on the evening of 25th November.
A letter of thanks had been received from Wexham Bowls Club re Parish sponsorship of a scoreboard.
100. NOMINATION OF TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN
The Chairman had to leave the meeting at this point due to a previous engagement. Nominations were invited for a Member to temporarily Chair the remainder of the meeting. Councillor Robert Aldridge was nominated, and duly took the Chair.
101. BOROUGH COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Councillor MacIsaac had previously circulated a report to all Members on his recent activities. He also reported that a Remembrance Meeting would be taking place in the Town Square on Friday, 11th November, including a two-minute silence.
102. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
No questions were raised by members of the public.
The Meeting subsequently closed at 8:25 p.m.
Pursuant to section 1(2) of the Public Bodies (Admission to Meetings) Act 1960, members of the public and press were excluded from Part II of the meeting due to the personal/confidential nature of the items to be discussed.
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