Wraysbury Parish Council

Parish Council News December 2006

This is the last report from the present Council as election for a new Parish Council will take place in May 2007. Our thanks and appreciation go to all present Councillors and those who have left during the current term of office for their contributions to the work of the Parish Council. Earlier this year we welcomed Mr Charles Collins as a new Councillor. Being very interested and experienced in many matters relating to Hythe End, Mr Collins is a very valued member.

As stated earlier, elections will take place this year and this could be your opportunity if you wish to serve your local community. Should you be interested in becoming a Parish Councillor please watch for notices a little closer to the time or contact Roger Marlow for details or any further information. Meetings are normally held on the first and third Mondays of each month but please remember that you are not committed to attending every meeting.

The following are just some of the matters in which the Parish Council have been involved during the past six months.

In the early part of this year we funded the purchase and erection of a new bus shelter outside Old School Court, the old shelter being found to be unsafe and beyond reasonable repair. Although the replacement was strictly the responsibility of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, their financial constraints meant that they could not help for some considerable time, maybe years. The Parish Council thus took the decision to fund out of their own resources. The shelter may not be to the standard for which we might have wished but our finances were also limited, at least we were able to provide something.

Hanging baskets were provided throughout the village during the summer months. These make a valuable contribution to the appearance of the village but due to watering restrictions, plants had to be carefully chosen last year but the effect was still worthwhile and much appreciated. A tree will shortly be planted on Parish land with funds made available from the Windsor & Maidenhead Tree Wardens Group. With the aid of finance received from developers' contributions we were able to make considerable improvements to the surface of the Memorial Ground which had cracked and suffered badly in the dry weather. The new surface is much appreciated especially by the Football Club.

A (late for your diary - please note that the Annual Parish Meeting is scheduled to take place in the Village Hall at 7.30 pm on Thursday 12th April 2007. This is the opportunity for registered electors of Wraysbury to ask questions.

Once again Thames Valley Police have asked that we emphasise that ALL non emergency calls should be made to : 0845 8 505 505

You cannot call Police Stations direct but by ringing this Police Enquiry Centre you will be guaranteed a response but please request a report number.

ALL incidences SHOULD be reported, but of course, continue to use 999 for all emergency calls.

At long last we have agreed a design for the new Scouts/Guides Headquarters.

Unfortunately this has been along drawn out exercise but we had to be satisfied that any new building not only met the requirements of the Scouts/Guides but complimented the appearance of The Green and the other buildings in the area. Our finances were also very restricted and any quotation had to be within these constraints. "There will be some sadness to seethe old building go as it had along and varied history but demolition has finally commenced and we believe that the new building, will fit in well with the surroundings. It is anticipated that this will be completed by Spring of next year.

After some consideration of the options available we have now agreed a website package and development is currently taking place. More details will be given once available.

A disabled parking bay has been designated and marked outside the Village Hall. This is presently on a trial basis but we hope that it will be respected by all users as it will make access to the Hall much easier for anyone who is physically impaired.

Post and rail fencing has been erected to protect the grass verge at the south end of Welley Road at the junction with Windsor Road. The area around the village sign was suffering badly from the inconsiderate parking of vehicles and the erection of this barrier was the most cost effective solution. 

Similar action is being considered at Hythe End in the area adjacent to the bridge and close to Bell Weir Close. Whilst on the subject of car parking, please remember that the car park in the High Street is primarily for the use of shoppers and should not be used for long term parking particularly overnight and at weekends. Consideration is currently being given to how these restrictions can be enforced.

We are advised that the former main road from Horton to Datchet is expected to be re-opened towards the end of the year.

Please remember that street lighting is now the responsibility of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead and any defective lights should be reported on:

01628 683800

Alternatively, anyone with Internet access can log on to the Royal Borough's web site: www.rbwm.gov.uk; select 'REPORT ON-LINE' and then 'HIGHWAYS FIX-IT FORM'

Please give details of location and lamp number if known.

 December 2007