WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Councillors Evelyn Aldridge (unwell), Dave Davies (working)
Dalip Rajput (abroad), and James Vallance (working).
As this was the last Meeting of Council before Christmas, all present were invited to help themselves to the mince pies and refreshments provided.
73. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No Member had an interest to declare.
74. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9TH NOVEMBER 2010
The Minutes of the Meeting of 9th November 2010 were approved as a correct record. In relation to Item 66, Councillor Vyas pointed out that the Geo-grids would initially be trialled at Almons Way since the installation at Dornels had not yet been approved.
75. MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 9TH DECEMBER 2010
The Minutes of the F&GP Meeting of 9th December 2010 were approved as a correct record and the recommendations of the F&GP Committee therein were also approved. The Clerk advised that the Microsoft Office Home & Student software that had been approved for purchase with her new laptop would not be suitable for use by WCPC as a Local Authority. Approval was therefore sought for an additional spend of £80+vat to licence the Home & Business version.
RESOLVED: An additional spend of £80 to cover the necessary Microsoft Office upgrade.
76. POLICE AND COMMUNITY WARDEN LIAISON
PCSO Matt Lynch reported that the crime rate in Wexham remained the lowest in the whole of the Slough area.
A suspect had been apprehended in relation to a violent robbery at the Sikh Temple and robbery had been the only major crime occurring recently. He was awaiting instructions from the Parish Council on placement of the speed monitoring devices and in the meantime Knolton Way and The Frithe had been given priority. Hillersdon had also been highlighted in this regard.
Councillor Gerstmann enquired whether the Policing Team had an idea of why crime was low here, and stated that it was reassuring to see Police patrolling the streets. PCSO Lynch felt that this was largely due to the patrolling strategy and monitoring of possible offenders, together with early identification of the culprits by the neighbourhood team.
Councillor Vyas advised that Manor Park had been heavily hit by car crimes, resulting in the Police putting a lot of resources into that area. He warned that this could result in the offenders being dispersed to other areas. However, PCSO Lynch commented that they would be unlikely to come as far as Wexham since the neighbourhood team knew who they were and could trace them to their home addresses.
Community Warden Dave Lee reported that he had been busy since he was now covering the Central as well as Wexham areas. He had been monitoring prostitution and drug dealing hotspots and had found fly-tipping to be an ongoing problem, particularly at the rear of the Upton Lea shops. The possibility of gating that area was being considered. Notices had also been served to clear messy gardens, and multiple occupancy properties were being checked.
A house in Berryfield was reported to Dave Lee in regard to rubbish that had been dumped in nearby bushes, including broken glass and a broken ladder. He would look into this.
The Chairman thanked the Police Officer and Community Warden for attending the meeting and wished them a merry Christmas.
77. INFORMATION REPORTS - MEMBERS & BOROUGH COUNCILLORS
Borough Councillor Sohal reported that, following the last elections, issues had been raised about the location of the polling stations. There had been a total of 7,500 electors on the last list and five polling stations would now be provided in the Wexham Lea area. A Wexham walkabout would be taking place on Saturday, 18th December, meeting at the Parish Hall at 11am.
Councillor Haines reported that a comprehensive spending review for Slough had been published detailing the spending cuts that would take place over the next four years. The Independent group had requested a cut in tiers of management within the Borough Council.
Councillor Vyas reported that leaflets were being delivered in relation to a Census training event. £600 of funding would be lost for every person not counted and people were therefore being encouraged to take part. The Clerk enquired about fines for non-compliance, but Councillor Haines advised that less than 200 people had been fined previously. They were often worried about giving personal details and needed to be reassured that the system was secure.
The Head of Wexham Primary School had been approached in relation to use of the barn building as a community facility. There was a possibility that this could become an arts facility for the community and the school, but a large amount of money would be needed to progress the project and available funding/grants were being investigated.
The lack of current hirers for the Parish Hall was raised by Councillor Vyas and it was suggested that a committee could be created to consider how to encourage more hires. The possibility of erecting a secure play area was also discussed to encourage hirers with children.
It was noted that some clearance of the new Parish land to the west of the care homes had taken place. The Parish Council had not been informed and the nature area had been stripped back without our consent. The Clerk and Chairman would follow this up after Christmas.
Councillor Donachy commented that the recently scheduled finance meeting had been cancelled without notification and asked for future changes to be better communicated.
Councillor Egan had been delivering Christmas Newsletters and had again reported the faulty traffic lights on the Wexham Road, which were now working for the time being.
Councillor Robert Aldridge had been dealing with various cases of vehicles parked on verges/corners. A further meeting was due to be arranged with SBC’s Martin Mallia to consider the placement of yellow lines to deter offenders.
78. FINANCIAL REPORT
The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for the 1st to 31st October and invited questions from Members.
The gas supply contract with Eon was up for renewal and the Finance Clerk would check out the available rates. The claim against the hirer who had damaged the Parish Hall flooring was ongoing.
RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for October 2010 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. There were no current objections, but previous applications relating to No.s 68 & 70 Norway Drive were being considered by the Planning Committee on Wednesday.
Preparation and printing of the Christmas Newsletter had been completed and these were being delivered to all homes in the Parish.
A new regular hire at the Parish Hall had been secured - a Weight Watchers group would be starting in January. The plans for a Montessori School had been deferred and the reason given was changes in legislation.
80. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
Concerns were raised about the blockage of the ambulance route due to the volume of traffic near the Sikh School at school-run times. A further meeting with the school was planned to try and resolve some of the ongoing issues.
Part I of the Meeting closed at 8.35 p.m. and it was Resolved that, in view of the nature of the business about to be transacted, it was advisable in the public interest that the Press and Public be temporarily excluded, and they were instructed to withdraw.
A Part II meeting took place to discuss matters relating to the Council's staff.
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