Council News June 2007
Another four years have passed and we have a new
Parish Council although the majority of members remain unchanged.
Unfortunately once again the number of candidates did not reach the number
required to fill all seats on the Council. However at the time of writing
we have been given the opportunity to advertise the vacancies and co-opt.
This process should by complete by the time you read this article. The
following are currently members of the Parish Council:
Mr. Charles Collins
Mr. Andrew Davies
Mrs. Diana Hughes
Mr. John Lepton
Mr. Peter Lord
Mr. David Martin
Mr. Thomas Rooks
Mr. Michael Smith
Mr. Ronald Watson
We hope to have two further members after our meeting to be
held on 14`h May. The
Chairman and Vice-Chairman will also be elected at that meeting.
Those of you who pass the Village Green regularly will notice
that the construction of the new Community Building (formally known as the
Scout Hut) is proceeding well and should be completed by the middle of
May. This is a replacement for the building which had served the village
well for over 80 years and had been used as a Village Hall, emergency
classroom and latterly as Scout Hut. However due to the age of the
building, maintenance costs had risen to an unacceptable level and thus
the building was no longer economically viable. The new building will be
for community use but will be used particularly by the Scouts and
We are currently considering projects that could possibly
benefit from monies held in the Disused Gravel Pit Fund. Suggestions made
so far range from new village signs on entry roads, refurbishment of the
Splash, fencing of grass verges to prevent parking thereon, more and
better street lighting (although this is a Borough responsibility),
general enhancement of the village appearance and land purchase. Do you
have any comments on the foregoing or do you have any other ideas? Please
let us know. Suggested projects maybe outside our control or remit, maybe
too costly or not feasible for other reasons but all suggestions will be
considered. We may even have to establish an order of priority. Your views
would be much appreciated.
We are pleased to say that the disabled bay outside the
Village Hall appears to have been respected during the trial period and it
is now anticipated that this will now become a permanent facility.
At the meeting held on Monday 16"' January 2007 the
Parish Council set a parish precept of £51,353 which represents £24.62
per band 'D' equivalent property, an increase of 2.2% over last year.
Unfortunately had there not been substantial damage caused to Parish
property as a result of vandalism there would have been no increase
despite effects of inflation. However on a more positive note, the
Chairman of the Council reported at the Annual Parish Meeting on an
operation that had been undertaken by the Police by which they had been
able identify some offenders.
Interestingly vandalism was identified as the major concern
of local residents who attended the Launch of Neighbourhood Policing which
was held in Datchet on Wednesday 11'h April 2007. The opinion
was sought of the 65 residents who were present. They were asked to set
their main policing priorities for the next six months. Some 30 concerns
were put forward on which votes were taken by the placing of coloured
stickers. As stated above vandalism was the primary concern followed by
anti-social behaviour and speeding.
Officers of Thames Valley Police were also present at the
Annual Parish Meeting held on Monday 23`a April 2007. However
the meeting was not well attended there being only 14 members of the
public present. Inspector Harling, the local beat officer and a newly
appointed police community support officer all attended and gave details
of the forthcoming Neighbourhood Policing amongst other information.
At the meeting it was also reported that the number of thefts
from motor vehicles had increased and this was often the result of
valuable items being left in vehicles and often on open display. The clear
message given was:
clear of car crime –
leave items of value on display in your car;
all your belongings with you when you leave the car.
you have a satnav system, do not even leave evidence that it was
ever on your windscreen.
It was also emphasised that burglaries are often as a result
of opportunism and thus it should be remembered:
- Don't make it easy for
- Keep valuables and keys out of
sight and out of a burglar's reach.
- Bolt out the burglar - don't
invite them into your home - always keep your doors and windows
- Never leave a garage or garden
shed unlocked - they often contain tools which are ideal for breaking
into the rest of the house.
- Make your property appear to
be occupied when you are out.
Please remember that the single number for Thames Valley
8 505 505
However in an emergency always call 999
Finally our thanks and appreciation go to Mr Don Gregory who
has been one of our Borough Councillors for the past four years. Mr
Gregory has decided not to seek re-election but we thank him for all his
time and efforts on behalf of Wraysbury and Horton and wish him well for