Council News June 2008
The Annual Parish Meeting was held in the Village Hall on
Thursday 10th April 2008 and was attended by 38 residents. The Chairman
gave an update on the position regarding the doctors' surgery and the
progress of the new Community Building. He stated that the Datchet medical
practice remains committed to finding premises for a surgery in Wraysbury.
A number of attempts have been made which have unfortunately proved
unsuccessful but currently there are still two possibilities.
There have been a number of problems related to the
construction of the new Community Building and we are more than grateful
to the Scout Group, who will be the main users, for their extreme patience
and especially for the way they have held their groups together during the
Four 'Wraysbury' signs similar to the one currently
sited at the junction of Welley Road and Windsor Road will be erected at
the main entrance points to the village. These sites have been agreed with
Highways Officers and will be at the south end of Coppermill Road, Laminas
Drive, Sunnymeads Railway Bridge and the slip road from the M25 to the
roundabout at Hythe End.
Much thought has been given to the completion of our
Transport Strategy which has developed from previous work and ideas of our
former Borough Councillor, Don Gregory. The Plan concentrates on reducing
the speed of traffic through Wraysbury and improving and extending
cycleways. We have now submitted the plan to the Royal Borough of Windsor
& Maidenhead and await their response on funding and timescale.
A promotional evening was organised on 14th January 2008 to
enable residents to apply for an Advantage Card without the time, trouble
and expense of travelling to Windsor. The event was far better attended
than we ever envisaged and a further such evening will be considered later
The Parish Council are purchasing new notice boards to
replace most of the existing boards which are life expired. All will be
renewed with the exception of that at Gloucester Drive which was the last
to be purchased and is still in very good condition. With the permission
of the school governors an additional notice board will be placed at the
school for the benefit of parents. The new boards will be distinctive as
they are royal blue in colour.
The routing of bus service 60 changed at the end of
March and now serves Heathrow Terminal 5 rather than the former
circular route through Horton. Buses now operate about every hour from
early morning to late evening every day of the week and thus provide a
much improved service through Wraysbury.
Information has been given by our Borough Councillors
that two CCTV cameras will shortly be installed, one in the High Street
and one on the Village Green. They will be directly linked to Windsor
Police control room. This is particularly good news for the Parish Council
and the village in general as during last year repairs to rectify damage
caused by vandalism cost the Parish over £5000 and a further £2,500 has
been included in this year's budget. The Parish Precept for the next
financial year has been set at £53,584 which equates to £25.55 per annum
for each band 'D' equivalent property. This means that 15% of Parish funds
raised through the annual precept have been spent on repairing damage to
properties caused by vandalism.
During the past few months we have responded to a number of
consultation papers. One of these was the proposed expansion of Heathrow
Airport including the possibility of a third runway. We expressed our
serious concerns at the increase in noise, the impact on the environment
and the quality of the consultation. Whilst appreciating the contribution
that Heathrow makes to the local economy, the increased demand for housing
will put the Green Belt under pressure. There will be additional demand
for public services and this could adversely affect access to these
services by existing residents. Whilst not opposed to the growth in air
travel we seriously question whether the economic benefits cannot be
achieved by expansion at sites other than Heathrow. We felt that the
consultation document left much to be desired. It appeared to be somewhat
difficult to complete as the precise impact of the proposals seemed to be
impossible to determine from the information supplied. The important
question missing was whether the respondent was in favour or not of the
proposal to add capacity at Heathrow.
We also responded to a Green Belt Analysis which is part of
the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Local Development Framework.
We consider the Green Belt to be very important in checking the
unrestricted sprawl of built up areas, preventing towns from merging into
each other, safeguarding the countryside and preserving the special
character of historic towns and villages. We also feel that the Green Belt
is especially important to Wraysbury as it helps to absorb flood water.
We have also submitted our opinions of building in the
flood plain. We feel that more and more planning applications are being
approved which result in concreting over the flood plain. We question
whether enough emphasis is placed on the risk to residents. The
Environment Agency appear to object to large scale developments but we
feel that the effects of these would be little different to the cumulative
effect of bungalows being demolished and replaced by 5-bed properties with
the consequent allowable increase in footprint.
Please remember that the Parish Council normally meets
at 7.30 pm on the first and third Mondays of each month. Planning
applications are part of the agenda of all these meetings. If there is an
application submitted in which you have an interest please watch the
notice boards for information on when this will be discussed.
Roger P. Marlow, Clerk to the Council