WCPC MINUTES

 

 

WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL

 

MINUTES of the MEETING of the COUNCIL held on Tuesday, the

10th June, 2008, at the Parish Hall, Norway Drive, Wexham, Slough.

 

(Approved by Council at the meeting on 8th July 2008)

 

PRESENT:

Councillors Dave Davies (Chairman),

Bryan Corps, Patrick Donachy,

David MacIsaac, and Dianne Walker.

Officers: Dianne Egan (Clerk), Tina Kellett (Finance Clerk).

Three members of the public.

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:

Councillors Robert Aldridge (working), Pauline Cordery (working),

Tony Haines (car breakdown), Dalip Rajput (working), and Vinay Vyas (working).

Borough Councillor Latif Khan.

Members of Neighbourhood Policing Team.

 

 

17.     DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

No Member had an interest to declare.

 

18.     MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13TH MAY 2008

 

The Minutes of the Meeting of 13th May 2008 were approved as a correct record.  Councillor MacIsaac clarified that the tree that was damaging the footpath in The Link (included in Item 8) was in fact on Council land and was growing into the garden of the elderly residents. 

 

19.     MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 28TH MAY 2008

 

The Minutes of the F&GP Meeting of 28th May 2008 were approved as a correct record and the recommendations of the F&GP Committee therein were also approved.  Arrangements would be made for Councillor Donachy to be added to the NatWest signature mandate.

 

The Finance Clerk presented the Annual Accounts for the year ending March 2008 for the inspection of Full Council and they were duly approved.  The Annual Return would be completed and signed by the Chairman and the Clerk at the next Meeting of Council, following inspection by the internal auditor.  This would be in compliance with the timescales set by the external auditor.

 

20.     POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDEN LIAISON

 

No members of the Policing Team had been available to attend the meeting.

 

21.     INFORMATION REPORTS - MEMBERS & BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

 

Councillor Corps raised his concerns regarding the bus stop in Wexham Road (west of the Parish amenity land) which had currently been removed.  The next nearest bus stop was at Wexham Post Office, which was too far for elderly or disabled people to walk.  The Chairman would contact Councillor Latif Khan to enquire about this.

 

Councillor Corps also enquired about recent incidents involving a youth on a mini motorbike, and requested an update in relation to the trimming of trees around the estate.

 

Councillor MacIsaac provided copies of SBC’s ‘Citizen’ magazine for all Members since the publication was not currently delivered in the northern part of the estate.  He advised that St Mary’s Church would be holding a fete on the 14th June. 

 

The fencing at Armstrong House had still not been repaired, the area was again becoming overgrown with weeds, and youths were gathering there and causing a nuisance.  Councillor MacIsaac was continuing to chase up these problems with a view to getting them resolved.  Antisocial behaviour problems were also occurring in the area of the Kola Court/Clarendon Court alleyway.

 

Mo’s Pizza continued to cause problems, particularly at night.  This was largely due to the number of youths it was attracting, some of whom had recently been arrested.  Slough Borough Council had now advised that no further action would be taken since there was no evidence that the pizza shop was adversely affecting the business of the Chinese takeaway.

 

Councillor MacIsaac reported that the new Labour SBC Administration had now changed the constitutional rules to exclude the opposition from committees, scrutiny, etc, and two members of the Cabinet could now make decisions rather than discussing matters in public.  The Clerk questioned the legality of this and suggested that it may constitute non-compliance with the Local Government Act.  The Chairman agreed that it should be checked.  The planning rules had also been changed, giving Ward Councillors the option to call in refusals of planning permission to Committee rather than going through the Planning Inspectorate.  In addition, the Upton Court Park covenant would now be overturned to facilitate the plans to build housing.

 

The Chairman reported that he had been dealing with the residents’ issues from the last meeting.  Following recent estate inspections he had highlighted with Highways the problem of several missing drain covers, some of which he had found and replaced.

 

The NALC Conference, which had been attended by the Chairman together with Councillors Cordery & Rajput and the Clerk, had been very interesting and informative.  All attendees had enjoyed getting involved in the various discussions and sessions.  The Chairman had put forward a proposal to the Chairman of NALC to alter the format of the sessions with a view to allowing more time for delegate interaction and questions.  This had caused something of a stir, but was supported by many of the other delegates.

 

The Chairman quipped that the Parish Council was very lucky to still have the Clerk and three Councillors who attended the conference.  They had all managed to get back in one piece, having been taken on a perilous drive to Beachy Head by Councillor Rajput… after sundown!

 

Further to an exchange of details at the conference, an on-site meeting had taken place earlier today with Monsterplay Systems in relation to the proposed MUGA.  This was attended by the Chairman, the Clerk, and Councillors Corps & MacIsaac, and it was hoped that quotes and a plan would be received in time for the next Council meeting. 

 

22.     FINANCIAL REPORT

 

The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for the 1st to 30th April and invited questions from Members.  She advised that the VAT reclaim had now been received, and that an appropriate amount of funds would be transferred from the current account to the savings account which earned good interest.

 

RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for April 2008 be approved, and authority be given for twenty-five cheques to be signed.       

 

23.     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 22 The Cherries and 38 Knolton Way in respect of which the Clerk had submitted the required letters to the Planning Department.

 

There were currently no other matters to report.

 

24.     FUNDING FOR PLANTING OF TREES AROUND THE ESTATE

 

The Chairman clarified the Parish Council’s offer to the previous Tree Officer to pay £1,000 per annum for semi-mature trees to replace saplings which had been too easily damaged.  He had now followed this up with the new Tree Officer, Elizabeth Phillips, and SBC had offered to match this annual amount thus doubling it to £2,000.  In light of the fact that some new Members had joined the Council since this item was last approved, the Chairman asked for a show of hands in support of the existing decision.  It was again approved unanimously.

 

Members were asked to identify areas where new trees are needed.  Maintenance of existing trees around the estate was also underway.

 

25.     PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

 

In connection with the previous item a resident reported that a large tree outside number 406 Wexham Road was in need of pruning since it was interfering with the telephone cables and reception.  The Chairman would approach Elizabeth Phillips to enquire about this, although he pointed out that it may be the responsibility of BT to deal with such matters.

 

The resident who had raised a complaint against a neighbouring property at the last meeting reported that there had been a slight improvement following the intervention of the Councillors.  This lady also requested information about the rules relating to bonfires on and around the allotment site.  The Clerk clarified that bonfires are a normal part of allotment culture, and that the law had in fact been changed to allow fires at any time of day unless they were burning inappropriate materials, causing an environmental hazard, or if a particular location was repeatedly causing a nuisance.  However, the resident was asked to report to the Clerk any fires which were being lit on the allotments before 6pm during the summer since this was not permitted under the allotment tenancy conditions.

 

The Meeting closed at 8.35 p.m.

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