WCPC MINUTES

 

 

WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL

 

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

10th November, 2009, at the Parish Hall, Norway Drive, Wexham, Slough.

 

PRESENT:

Councillors Dave Davies (Chairman),

Evelyn Aldridge, Robert Aldridge, Patrick Donachy, Carl Egan (from 7.45),

Tony Haines, David MacIsaac, and Dalip Rajput.

Keith Nunn, Youth Representative.

Members of Neighbourhood Policing Team.

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

Five members of the public.

 

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:

Councillor Vinay Vyas (working).

Borough Councillor Latif Khan.

Sgt. Jon Moores.

 

It was noted that Councillor Pauline Cordery had now offered her resignation due to her recent move outside of the Wexham area.  The Clerk would notify Electoral Services to make arrangements for the two current vacancies to be advertised.

 

71.     DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

 

Councillor MacIsaac declared an interest in relation to planning matters.

 

72.     MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 13TH OCTOBER 2009

 

The Minutes of the Meeting of 13th October 2009 were approved as a correct record following two minor amendments requested by Councillor MacIsaac.  Under matters arising the Clerk requested confirmation of the recipients for this year’s Christmas Charity Fundraising Event.  It was agreed that the TVAC Air Ambulance Trust and Help for Heroes would be supported.

 

73.     POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDEN LIAISON

 

The Policing Team reported that no problems had arisen during the Guy Fawkes and Halloween celebrations and participants had been very well behaved.  It was felt that this may be largely due to the leafleting operation prior to the events, together with increased visibility of the Team during this time.

 

A man from Upton Lea had recently been arrested for possession of cannabis with intent to supply.  The Team had dealt with a public order incident at The Cherries, during which two arrests had been made and formal cautions issued.  The ongoing parking issues at the Sikh and Muslim schools were also being tackled and several tickets had been issued by the PCSO’s.  The schools were being encouraged to find a means of resolving the problems.  Traffic Wardens had been requested but they were reluctant to deal with such matters due to confrontation issues.  More frequent Police attendance at school times was requested, and they were also asked to monitor other parking issues in Wexham Road and Stoke Green.

 

PCSO Pietro Mingolla reported that he was being moved to Colnbrook from the 1st December, despite his wish to remain part of the Wexham Team.  The Chairman and Clerk had arranged a meeting with Inspector Damon Wilson to discuss this.

 

Councillor Haines wished to formally record the Parish Council’s thanks to the Policing Team for their hard work and successful handling of the Halloween and Guy Fawkes celebrations.

 

74.     INFORMATION REPORTS - MEMBERS & BOROUGH COUNCILLORS

 

Councillor MacIsaac reported the following:

 

·        The sale of the Castleview site had been pushed through by the Labour Group despite strong opposition. 

·        Copies of information relating to planning objections were distributed to all Members.

·        He had investigated the high cost quoted for a dropped kerb for a resident in Norway Drive and a neighbour was now willing to split the cost.

·        The Head of Wexham School had confirmed that the newly approved NEETS facility would be solely for the use of Wexham School students, and not for job seekers from other parts of the town.

·        The Sikh School had been investigating means of improving the parking situation.

·        A local landlord who was known to use several properties for multiple occupancy was being investigated by Customs & Excise.

·        He had attended a further meeting in relation to hospital parking problems but South Bucks Council were still refusing to give up the green belt land to provide the much needed additional parking space.  Another meeting would be taking place in January and MP Dominic Grieve would be attending in the hope of persuading South Bucks Council to allow the use of their field. 

 

Councillor Haines reported that residents had requested disabled parking spaces near Lloyds Chemist to assist them when collecting prescriptions.  He was looking into this.  Members were alerted to the fact that a person who had previously caused fly-tipping problems at Quinbrookes was now out of custody so the problems may recur.

 

The planning application for the Wexham House site had been re-submitted, following objections and a petition against the previous application.  The new plans included 20 houses and the decision would be called in to the Planning Committee.  The applicant was SBC Disposals Department, who would obtain planning permission and then sell the land to a developer.  The Chairman asked the Borough Councillors to submit a request for Section 106 funds on behalf of the Parish.  Councillor Haines explained that Section 106 funds could only be up to 15% of the development value, much of which is generally used for road improvements, etc., relating to the development.  The Chairman pointed out that Section 106 money should be used for the benefit of the area affected, not on items that are part of the planning process for the development.

 

Councillor Egan had reported a fault with the pedestrian lights at the Knolton Way roundabout and Councillor MacIsaac confirmed that this had now been repaired.

 

Youth Representative Keith Nunn had attended an on-site meeting with the Chairman at The Cherries to assist with the annual risk assessment and to identify possible improvements and repairs to the play area.  He had also written to Gerald Pleace to highlight areas of concern raised during the risk assessment and was awaiting a reply.  He advised that Slough Borough Council, as land owner, were responsible for the safety and cleaning of the play area.

 

Councillor Robert Aldridge had been dealing with parking issues at the Sikh School whenever possible and had been subjected to verbal abuse.  He stated that it was an absolute nightmare!  The Chairman had put several ‘Council Aware’ stickers on the vehicles of irresponsible drivers outside the school and had also received verbal abuse.

 

The Chairman had arranged a meeting with residents of Quinbrookes who were concerned about the new development there.  It had been confirmed that their parking would be protected.  It was noted that, in relation to parking around the estate, the grass verges were now starting to suffer badly due to the change of weather conditions.

 

The Remembrance Sunday service had been attended by the Chairman, Councillors MacIsaac, Haines and Khan, and also Dianne Walker.

 

75.     REPORT OF THE HEALTH & SAFETY WORKING GROUP

 

Annual risk assessments had now been carried out and it was reported that the condition of the Parish Hall and grounds was generally good.  Some minor issues had been highlighted which would be dealt with and may involve some costs.

 

The Cherries was also included in the risk assessments and in addition an Inspection Report had been received from SBC.  The Clerk would arrange a meeting with Gerald Pleace, the Chairman, and Keith Nunn to discuss the necessary repairs to the existing play equipment.  The Chairman recorded his thanks to the H&S Working Group, and to Keith for his assistance.

 

76.     FINANCIAL REPORT

 

The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for the 1st to 30th September and invited questions from Members.  The next F&GP Committee meeting would be taking place on the 26th November.

 

RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for September 2009 be approved, and authority be given for twenty-five cheques to be signed.         

 

77.     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 58 Norway Drive, 121 Knolton Way, 2 Welden, 52 The Cherries, and 24 Bell Close.  Some of these would be called in to the Planning Committee - the first of these meetings, for 58 Norway Drive, would be taking place on the 17th November and would be attended by Councillor Robert Aldridge.

 

Use of the Parish Hall by Montessori School had been shelved since the group were currently unable to obtain the necessary funding, possibly due to the credit crunch.  The Church Group who had also planned to use the Hall had found another venue.  The Clerk therefore asked Members to let her know if they hear of any other possible regular hirers.

 

78.     APPROVAL TO OBTAIN SINGLE QUOTES FROM PREFERRED CONTRACTORS FOR FORTHCOMING WORK

 

The Clerk and Chairman clarified that Standing Orders Item Number 76 gave the Council the option to Resolve that Item Number 72c(vi), requiring three quotes for work to be carried out, could be suspended.  This would enable preferred companies to be used for forthcoming projects where those companies had previously provided a high standard of service.  This was discussed and the following was agreed.

 

RESOLVED: That single quotes be obtained from Kompan for the planned work at The Cherries Play Area; from IPS Fencing for the planned work on the Allotment Site Fencing; and from PS Projects for the planned work on the Parish Hall Toilets.

  

79.     FUNDING OF ADDITIONAL DEDICATED PCSO’s IN WEXHAM COURT

 

Recent information received from Colnbrook & Poyle Parish Council suggested that funding of additional PCSO’s was not working well.  This item was therefore shelved for the time being.

 

80.     PURCHASE OF REPLACEMENT MAIN ENTRANCE DOORS FOR PARISH HALL

 

Several quotes had been obtained for replacement doors and the various options were discussed.  It was noted that the quotes from one particular supplier, although more expensive, fulfilled additional Health & Safety and disability requirements.  The Chairman and Councillor Donachy were thanked for their work in obtaining the quotes.

 

RESOLVED: That quote No. 15942C from R & M Enterprise Windows Ltd in the sum of £4,658.01 be approved, and arrangements be made for the installation to take place at the earliest opportunity.

 

81.     PURCHASE OF CCTV CAMERAS REAR OF KNOLTON WAY PARADE TO OVERLOOK THE CHERRIES

 

The Chairman explained the ongoing problems with antisocial behaviour in the area of The Cherries.  An opportunity had arisen to install a camera or cameras (possibly one fixed and one roving) at the rear of the shops, which would be monitored by agreement with the residents at the launderette along with their existing system.  PCSO Richard Kulaga would be providing details of the costs for the additional cameras, but had been unable to attend this meeting.  The Council was therefore asked to approve an amount to enable the installation to go ahead as soon as the necessary arrangements could be made.

 

It was noted that some tree surgery would also be required to improve the camera view between the trees surrounding the play area.  Keith Nunn questioned the clarity of the camera view due to the distance of the play area from the back of the shops, and it was explained that the focal length of the lens could be adjusted accordingly.  It was also noted that a sign would need to be installed in The Cherries to advise that CCTV was in operation.

 

RESOLVED: That the sum of £5K be approved for the installation of two cameras, together with an additional £1K for tree pruning. 

 

82.     PURCHASE OF FLAGPOLE FOR PARISH HALL

 

The Chairman proposed the installation of a flagpole at the Parish Hall for which a quotation had been received.  This item was discussed and it was unanimously agreed that it would be appropriate for the Union Flag to be permanently displayed, and for the St George Cross to be flown at the relevant time.  It was also agreed that the White Ensign could be purchased and flown in the event that Trafalgar Day becomes a National Holiday.

 

It was suggested that regulations relating to the flagpole and flying of the flags should be included in the Council’s Standing Orders for future reference.

 

RESOLVED: That the sum of £800 be approved for the purchase of a flagpole, Union Flag, and St George Cross Flag.

 

83.     PUBLIC QUESTION TIME

 

Councillor MacIsaac advised that a St Mary’s Church Fete would be taking place on the 14th November, from 11am to 3.30pm, at which he would be running a stall.

 

The pavement between Norway Drive and Wexham Post Office, which had been designated as a joint cycle track/footpath, required widening and a dividing line since it had so far proved to be quite dangerous.  An accident involving a cyclist and pedestrian had already occurred near the Post Office.  It was noted that no speed limit was applicable to cyclists, and they often had no lights to alert pedestrians to their approach.  Use of the path by frail residents from the new care homes was of particular concern, as was the danger caused to residents wishing to use the footpaths in other parts of the Wexham Court Estate.  The Clerk advised that objections had been raised during the planning stage for these very reasons, but that those objections had been disregarded.  The Chairman and Councillor MacIsaac would enquire with SBC about the promised widening of the path and the possibility of a dividing line.

 

The Wexham Cottages resident recorded his thanks to the Parish Council for their efforts to resolve his parking issues.  Some progress had now been made and amendment of the new parking restrictions had been agreed.

 

Some street lights in Church Lane continued to be faulty, despite previous efforts to resolve the problem, and the Chairman would contact South Bucks CC yet again.

 

The Meeting closed at 9.15 p.m.

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