Parish Council News June 2010
There appears to be some
misunderstanding regarding the respective roles of the Annual Parish
Meeting and the Annual Meeting of the Parish Council. The Parish Meeting
must assemble annually between 1st March and 1st
June. Members of the public including the press may be present but only
registered electors of the parish may speak or vote. Although chaired by
the Chairman or Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council the parish meeting is
not a meeting of the Parish Council. Any resolutions passed at the Annual
Parish Meeting are persuasive only and although taken forward for
consideration, are not binding on the Parish Council.
The Annual Meeting of
the Parish Council is always held in May except in election years when it
must take place on the fourth day after the election or within fourteen
days thereafter. The first business on the agenda must be the election of
chairman followed by election of Vice-Chairman. This election takes place
between Councillors present at that particular meeting. Once this formal
business has been completed other matters can then be discussed. This year’s
annual meeting was held on Monday 10th May 2010.
The Annual Parish Meeting
took place in the Village Hall on Tuesday 20th April. There was a better
attendance than in the past few years which was good to see. There was
much interest which gave rise to comments and discussion on a range of
issues. Some of these such as the registration of the Eight Yards, the
re-establishment of a doctor’s surgery in Wraysbury and the opening
hours of the container library are already under active discussion by the
Parish Council. A number of other matters considered such as Queensmead
Lake, communications, CCTV at Hythe End, and public liability insurance
will be placed before the Parish Council for their consideration at future
For anyone unfamiliar with
the Eight Yards, please take the time to read an article written by Mr.
John Sleep which appears further on in this publication. You will almost
certainly find it interesting and informative. In the past the Parish
Council has applied to register the land under the Commons Registration
Act and later have attempted the registration of ownership with the Land
Registry, but both without success. Blenheim Angling Society has recently
applied for and subsequently registered the bed of the Colne Brook and is
now contemplating such an application for the Eight Yards. The Parish
Council has taken legal advice and has made it clear that objections will
be raised if such an application is made. We are of the opinion that the
Council may not own the land but the inhabitants of Wraysbury most
certainly do. We have invited the Blenheim Angling Society to meet with
Councillors as we feel that this could be advantageous to both parties.
We have continued to work
hard to assist the Datchet Health Practice in finding suitable premises
for a site in the village for a surgery. We must thank Mr. Mike Smith
particularly for his efforts in this respect. In the summer of last year
premises became available in the Village Hall where there was a surgery
many years ago. This was offered as such once again, but after six months
of negotiations and an offer via the Parochial Charities of a grant to
assist with the cost of conversion, the Datchet Health Practice decided
that the premises did not comply with clinical governance guidelines and
thus declined the offer. Unfortunately it has become increasingly clear
that there is no support for a surgery in Wraysbury on the part of the PCT
or Datchet Health Practice. Meanwhile we continue to support our Borough
Councillors who recently submitted a resolution to the Royal Borough of
Windsor & Maidenhead for the formal establishment of a taxi service to
Datchet which could be used by patients in need of assistance in
travelling to and from the surgery. A questionnaire will shortly be sent
to all former Wraysbury patients giving them the opportunity to comment on
the present level of service.
As advised in the last
edition of Wraysbury News, the hours of opening of the container library
are being reviewed by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead. We
are informed that public consultation will take place and will take the
form of a questionnaire which will be available both in hard copy and on
line. However following suggestions made at past meetings, if the revised
schedule is implemented we are seeking a later closure time of 8.00 pm.
Plans for work on the
traffic strategy were approved at the meeting of the Parish Council held
in October last year. At the time of writing the work is largely complete
although there were some delays as a result of changes made to the scheme
at Hythe End.
Proposals for a new flood
relief channel as part of the Lower Thames Flood Strategy have been
considered following a display held in the Village Hall on 27th October
last year. A sub-committee was formed to discuss and a submission made to
the Royal Borough in November. Overall the project was considered to be
excellent and the Council was pleased with the proposals to protect the
village from flooding. However there were some areas of concern including
practicality and effects on the environment. A letter was also sent to Mr.
Adam Afriyie, M.P. urging that dredging of the River Thames be resumed as
an interim measure until any work on the new flood channel is completed. A
meeting was subsequently sought with the Project Manager and although this
has proved somewhat difficult to arrange it is anticipated that it will
take place during May.
At the meeting of the
Council held in February the recommendations of the Finance Committee were
accepted whereby a precept of £56,315 was set for this financial year.
This represents £26.57 per band ‘D’ equivalent property being an
increase of 1.8% over last year. This low level of increase was achieved
through careful and conservative budgeting.
We have recently erected
signs on the Village Green warning motorists of the dangers of parking
their vehicles on The Green (road) whilst a cricket match is in progress.
Hanging baskets have also been ordered once again and will shortly be in
We have been fortunate is
achieving funding for the development of a play area primarily targeting
children aged from 8 to 13 years. This will be a move away from
traditional play equipment and offer natural play elements to maximise the
play value for children and young people. The existing play equipment has
not been forgotten and will be refurbished. Our thanks go to Mr. Peter
Knott for his assistance in the latter.
The Parish Council is a
supporting partner in the Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) which includes
Thames Valley Police and the Royal Borough Community Safety Team. We have
assisted in the circulation of questionnaires in which residents were
requested to identify their three highest levels of concern. These will
become the three community priorities for the coming year. When the
priorities have been collated they will be published on the Parish Council
website. Should anyone wish to contact NAG please ring one of the numbers
Chairman: Mrs. Betty Marlow Tel. 01753
Thames Valley Police Neighbourhood Team
Tel. 0845 8 505 505; Email:DatchetHortonNHPT@thames valley.pnn.police.uk
Community Safety Team (RBWM)
Tel. 01628 796126; Email: Communitysafety@rbwm.gov.uk
Neighbourhood Action Group
Police Surgeries are held every Wednesday from 2.00pm to 3.00pm at Datchet Library and the mobile surgery will be available on:
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Just look for the Police Van at Horton: Outside Champney Hall and/or Village Green and at
Wraysbury: by the High Street Shops. So that we reach all members of the community the venue/times will be changed in the next round of dates.
As part of the Policing Pledge we will also be holding ‘Have Your Say’ events prior to the Annual Parish Meeting of the Parish Councils in Horton and
Wraysbury. This is your opportunity to meet with your Neighbourhood Policing Team. The dates are as follows:
Champney Hall, Stanwell Road, Horton:
9th April 2010
from 6:30PM to 7:15PM.
Wraysbury Village Hall: 20th April 2010
from 6:30pm to 7:15pm.
We are also charged with holding an annual Public
Consultation Priority Setting Meeting. This will be held in:
Champney Hall, Stanwell Road, Horton on 29th April 2010 at 7:30pm
AND IS OPEN TO ALL RESIDENTS OF DATCHET, HORTON AND
Come and hear what has been achieved during 2009/2010, help set new priorities or just meet members of the partnership.
One of the tools being used to identify residents’ concerns or issues is a community questionnaire which will be distributed over the next few weeks via the Parish Councils,
PCSOs, Community Wardens, through direct mail drops, village shops, community organisations, beat surgeries and ‘have your say’ events or email the Chairman.