Wraysbury Parish Council

Parish Council News June 2009

The Annual Parish Meeting was held on Tuesday 21st April 2009 and was attended by 27 members of the public. The Chairman reported on a number of matters.

The new Community Building is now complete and we are most grateful for the very generous contributions we have received from outside sources. The building is now in regular use by the Scouts, Brownies and the Play Group. As many of you will be aware the building was commissioned by HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh as the Headquarters of the Wraysbury Scout Group

During the year we participated in the Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) which is a Neighbourhood Policing initiative. The aim is to bring together regular representatives of the local community, organisations or agencies to undertake a partnership approach in finding solutions to any issues or concerns identified annually by the local community through a public meeting, face-to-face surveys or a combination of methods. Meetings have been held recently in Wraysbury, Horton and Datchet, but unfortunately not all have been as well attended as we would have wished. However, once again those present at the meetings have been asked to identify their three policing priorities for the coming year. Last year these were Vandalism, Anti-Social Behaviour and Speeding. We await with some interest to see if this has changed in any way. The independent Chairman of NAG is Mrs. Betty Marlow who can be contacted on dhw_nag@yahoo.co.uk.

Two years ago we formulated a Traffic Strategy some of the aims of which were to discourage through traffic, improve road safety, help with the observation of speed limits and to provide a safe environment for cyclists and pedestrians. Progress has not been as fast as we at first hoped but a number of meetings have been held recently with Highways Officers and a number of possible plans have been forthcoming. One in particular is currently being assessed by sub-committee of the Parish Council. Funding is in place both from the Royal Borough and from ourselves and at last we feel that good progress is being made.


We have recently responded to a number of consultative documents including aspects of the Local Development Framework, the Minerals & Waste Core Strategy and the Strategic Housing Assessment. In all these we have opposed excess development in the area liable to flood, sought to protect the Green Belt and endeavoured to preserve the environment of the village.

Two CCTV cameras have now been installed in the vicinity of the Village Green which is an area that has suffered from an excess of vandalism. The resultant repairs have been carried out at some cost to the Parish Council and have thus contributed to an increase in the Parish Precept. However, through good management in other areas we were able to keep the increase to only 2.2% in the current year.

As the number of planning applications has decreased significantly, the Parish Council made the decision not to hold separate meetings of the Planning Committee. Such applications will now only be considered as part of the full meetings of the Parish Council which will continue to be held on the third Monday of each month.

Agendas and minutes of all meetings of Wraysbury Parish Council may now be viewed on our web site `wraysburyparishcouncil.gov.uk'. This site also gives news and links to other useful web sites.

The Countryside & Rights of Way Act 2000 contains a provision that would extinguish all unrecorded public rights of way in the year 2026. Although this is currently in abeyance pending a broad review of rights of way legislation, there is a danger that paths currently enjoyed by the public will be extinguished should this provision be activated. The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead Local Access Forum are encouraging all Councils to look at public rights of way in their area and analyse whether there are unrecorded paths that might benefit from a Modification Order to the Definitive Map. However it must be shown that the public have used a right of way `as of right' and `without interruption' for a period of 20 years or more. It is also important that the way claimed follows a specific route and is not simply based on the public wandering at large. Should you be interested in making such an application please contact the Clerk to the Council for application forms.

June 2009

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