WEXHAM COURT PARISH COUNCIL
Three members of the public.
APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE:
Councillors Robert Aldridge, Bryan Corps, Dave Davies,
Simon Goddard, and Tony Haines.
Borough Councillor Latif Khan.
137. TEMPORARY CHAIRMAN
Councillor Egan was delayed at work and nominations were therefore invited for a Member to Chair the meeting pending his arrival.
RESOLVED: That Councillor Dalip Rajput take the Chair.
138. DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST
No Member had an interest to declare.
139. MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 16TH FEBRUARY 2006
The Minutes of the Meeting of 16th February 2006 were approved as a correct record following some minor amendments to the draft.
Councillor MacIsaac provided an update regarding the need for the Borough bylaws to be enforced in Wexham. He reported that new Community Wardens are currently being trained and it was hoped that a warden for Wexham would be available to start in the summer.
The approved Parish Hall works had now commenced and further quotes were being sought for The Cherries Play Area.
The Clerk submitted an update from Councillor Davies in regard to recent liaison with the local schools, and ongoing arrangements for trophies for the schools and the Bowls Club.
140. MINUTES OF THE FINANCE & GENERAL PURPOSE COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 23RD FEBRUARY 2006.
The Minutes of the F&GP Meeting of 23rd February 2006 were approved as a correct record, and the recommendations of the F&GP Committee therein were also approved.
141. POLICE LIAISON
Beat Officer Cerrig Shardlow attended the meeting together with a colleague, PC Zoe Batten. He reported that a laser-gun operation was planned by the Road Traffic Police to reduce speeding in local areas, including Norway Drive. Further operations were still underway in relation to drugs, vandalism and criminal damage, and there had been a significant fall in related crimes and burglaries in the Wexham area.
PC Zoe Batten reported that a meeting would be taking place in Langley on Friday to discuss local youths and to encourage local people to become Thames Valley Police Volunteers. The purpose of this was to target anti-social behaviour and get local youths off the streets by offering them a network of youth activities. Councillor Davies and the Clerk would attend the meeting. Officer Shardlow praised his colleague for her time and effort on this project.
142. FOLLOW-UP RE APPOINTMENT OF YOUTH REPRESENTATIVES
Two Wexham School youth representatives attended the meeting and introductions with them were exchanged. Emma Fitzgerald was unfortunately unable to attend due to illness and had offered her apologies to the Clerk beforehand. Councillor Egan had now joined the meeting, and he and the Clerk clarified the proposal to appoint two Youth Representatives from Wexham School to serve on the Parish Council. It was reiterated that the Council required one of the representatives to be from within the Parish, and the students advised that they would raise this matter at their forthcoming school meeting.
143. INFORMATION REPORTS
Councillor MacIsaac reported that wheel sets were now available for disabled people to assist them in using the black recycling boxes.
Councillors Cheryl Hemming and Henry Egan had written to the Housing Officer regarding the problem of parking on grass verges and obstruction of footpaths, and to request street cleaning to remove the resulting mud residue. Further letters had also been sent from the Parish Council in this regard, to various residents in the Norway Drive and Farm Crescent areas.
The Chairman had previously prepared a written report and this was circulated to Members and to the public attending the meeting.
144. SUB-COMMITTEE UPDATES
No meeting of the Health & Safety Working Group had yet taken place, but recent risk assessments had been carried out.
145. FINANCIAL REPORT
The Finance Clerk submitted the Financial Statement for the 1st to 31st January and questions from Members were invited. The Finance Clerk had registered for online filing of Inland Revenue documents, which had offered the benefit of a £250 refund, and ongoing enquiries were being made in regard to reclaiming of VAT.
RESOLVED: That the Finance Statement for January 2006 be approved, and that authority be given for twenty-five cheques to be signed.
146. REPORT OF THE CLERK AND PLANNING MATTERS
The Clerk had previously circulated updates to Members regarding recent planning applications and various items were discussed. A formal objection had been submitted for a proposed extension that was to incorporate flats at 212 Knolton Way. Councillor MacIsaac reported that the radio mast being installed at the junction of Wexham Road and Knolton Way had been refused by local Planning Officers, but this decision was subsequently overturned on appeal to the Central Government Planning Inspectorate.
147. ANNUAL DONATION TO ST MARY’S CHURCH
This matter was deferred to the April meeting pending receipt of a letter from the Church Secretary which had not yet been received.
148. BOROUGH COUNCILLOR REPORTS
Councillor MacIsaac’s information in relation to the Borough had been included in the reports above.
149. PUBLIC QUESTION TIME
The Chairman welcomed the members of the public and invited questions from them. A resident had been promised by SBC that the parking area between numbers 2-8 Norway Drive would be regularly swept, but this had not been done. The Chairman offered to chase this up. Further enquiries were received in regard to 88 Quinbrookes and a residence in Hillersdon being rented out as flats. Councillor MacIsaac offered to follow this up.
The Meeting subsequently closed at 8:40 p.m.
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