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Welcome to Wraysbury

Welcome to our website

Our aim is to keep you up to date with news about the plans and activities of your Parish Council, and to encourage you to get involved. We welcome your feedback and ideas so please use the Contact Us form to let us know what you think. We look forward to hearing from you.

Current active items are listed below and notifications will have been posted on facebook (see right hand column) but also, please keep an eye on the News page on this site, available from the Latest News Menu link on the left of this page.


Parish Clerk

  Official result of recent election

Please find below the official results of the recent election

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  Info on site investigations on local drains

If you have either of the local drains passing across your property and you have not received this letter, please contact Sue Fox.

"4th July 2014
Dear Occupier
Horton Drain and Wraysbury Drain - Site Investigations
The Council's representatives, Jacobs, will be carrying out site investigations along the length of the Horton Drain and Wraysbury Drain on various dates in July 2014 (see below). The objective of the investigations is to assess the current condition of the Horton and Wraysbury drains, and identify and prioritise any necessary remedial works.

Public access to the watercourses will be used wherever possible. However there will be lengths of the Drains which can only be accessed via private land. Your co-operation is kindly requested to permit access through your garden if necessary. The Jacobs staff who will conduct the site inspections will carry identification and be wearing branded clothing. Please contact the Council on the number below and ask for Sue Fox or Simon Lavin or email ptojects@rbwm.gov.uk if you need further information or verification. Site investigations are due to take place on the following dates:

If Jacobs are unable to gain access, I will contact you again to arrange a follow-up visit on either:
  • Wednesday 23rd July or
  • Thursday 24th July
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like further information about this work


Yours sincerely
Sue Fox
Senior Project Manager"

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  Next Parish Council Meeting

The next meeting of Wraysbury Parish Council is scheduled for TUESDAY 22nd July.  Prior to the formal business, there will be an opportunity to meet and question Mr Piotrowski, a representative from the Environment Agency  The Chairman has agreed to put the meeting back a day to Tuesday 22nd, so that we can comfortably accommodate residents in the main hall.

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  Fit For Life

Message from the Royal Borough

The Royal Borough has just issued the following.



Follow the QR code for more information, or these links.

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  Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Flood Survey
The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service would like to know how residents, businesses and communities across Berkshire thought that Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) performed during the winter floods.
The aim of the survey is to help RBFRS review what was done well and where improvements could be made in future. We have already gathered a vast amount of information from the professional and voluntary groups that worked alongside us but we would also like to hear from you as members of the public.
If you were affected by the floods, please help us by completing the survey, which should take about 10 minutes. Your feedback could potentially make a real difference to the actions taken should such an incident happen again.
You may not have been directly affected by flooding, but you may have contacted RBFRS for advice or assistance. .

Results of the survey will be analysed and included in a report which will be available on our website.
This survey runs until 14 June 2014.
To access the survey please visit:
WWW.RBFRS.CO.UK.
And follow the link on the home page

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  Parish Council Roles and Responsibilities - May 2014

At the meeting on 19th May 2014, a number of Parish Council appointments were made.

There is currently one vacancy on the Parish Council, and it is expected that this will be filled by the election scheduled for 19th June 2014.

The Parish Council therefore has ten members at present.

They are Councillors Charles Collins, Andrew Davies, Mrs Diana Hughes, John Lenton, Mrs Margaret Lenton, David Martin, Peter Lord, Graham Sinclair, Mike Smith, Mike Williams

The Councillors elected Councillor Mrs Margaret Lenton as their Chairman, and they elected Councillor David Martin as the Vice-chairman.

The following appointments were made to the Council's standing committees.

Planning

Properties
  • Chairman Councillor M Smith.
  • Vice-Chairman Councillor M Williams.
Greens
  • Chairman Councillor M Williams.
  • Vice-Chairman Councillor D Martin.
Watercourses and Flooding
  • Chairman Councillor G Sinclair.
  • Vice-Chairman Councillor C Collins.
Councillor Mrs Lenton said "I am both delighted and honoured to be elected Chairman of Wraysbury Parish Council. Councillor Andrew Davies remains as an active member of the Parish Council, and continues to champion the Horton and Wraysbury Neighbourhood Plan."

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  Neigbourhood Plan for Horton and Wraysbury

The web site for the Horton and Wraysbury neighbourhood plan can be reached at www.hwnp.co.uk.

As information becomes available it will be added to the site.  Please keep an eye on it as there will be the opportunity to participate in a questionnaire shortly.

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  INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY THE FIRE BRIGADES UNION 2/5/14 - 4/5/14

As you may be aware, the Fire Brigades Union is in a national dispute with central Government over changes to firefighters' pension schemes and working arrangements.  The FBU has announced that its members will strike on the following dates:

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service has contingency plans in place but will have significantly fewer resources during the period of industrial action.  We will still be responding to 999 calls but are asking people to reduce demand by calling us only in a genuine emergency and to take extra care to reduce the risk of fire.

We are running a public safety campaign through the media and community contacts, and are keen to maximise opportunities to raise awareness and communicate safety messages to the public.  We would therefore be very grateful if you could make the attached public safety information available to people within your parish via your website or any other channels you may have.  I have also attached a copy of the press release for your information.

If you have any queries, please contact me by email or on direct line 0118 938 4804.

Kind regards,

Ellie Gray

Senior Corporate Communications Officer
Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service
103 Dee Road
Tilehurst
Reading
RG30 4FS

Tel: 0118 938 4804
Email: graye@rbfrs.co.uk
Website: www.rbfrs.co.uk
Follow us on Twitter: @RBFRSofficial
See the following notices:-
FBU Announces New Strike Dates
FBU Strike action

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 Support post floods from RBWM

There is a considerable amount of information on the RBWM web site at www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/news_flood_update.htm#Help_after_the_flooding_for_residents

For example:-

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Flood Relief Fund

The RBWM Flood Relief Fund is available to provide financial assistance (up to £500) to residents of the Royal Borough who suffer hardship and distress or are in a condition of need as a result of local flooding.  Contributions can also be made from the fund towards some flood protection measures.  Due to the limited funds available, it will not be possible for the Fund to cover the total cost of any losses incurred.  The Council would also expect residents to seek redress through their insurance companies.

Please complete the on-line application form to make a claim for financial assistance towards the cost of damage or loss incurred.

Berkshire Flood Recovery Fund

Berkshire Community Foundation's Flood Recovery Fund is offering financial help for residents, businesses and community groups affected by the flooding.

Easy to access and apply for, the funding offers grants for:



More information from Berkshire Community Foundation at www.berkshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk, email BCFFloodFund@berkshirecf.org or call 0118 930 3021.

;Repair and Renew Grant

This government grant is available from 1 April 2014 and aims to fund additional future flood prevention for homes and businesses which have been flooded since 1 December 2013.

Administered by the council, the fund is designed for repairs over and above those covered by insurance and will be subject to certain criteria.

Please complete the on-line application form to apply for funding.

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 EA Correspondence

The leader of RBWM council, clr David Burbage, MBE, has written to the EA.  Here is his letter (EA Letter to Lord Smith Dredging) and the reply received (Response From EA)

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 RBWM Local Plan

Clr Diana Hughes has prepared a robust response to the RBWM Local Plan as it affects us, with reference to all the proposed sites within Wraysbury.  These references are supported in some cases by recent photographs.  Unfortunately we do not have photos of all the proposed sites over the last few weeks  If you have photos of the sites taken during the flooding we would appreciate copies sent to the clerk (info@wraysburyparishcouncil.gov.uk) and, if possible to Sarah Ball (Team manager Strategy and Plans RBWM) at sarah.ball@rbwm.gov.uk

The sites are:-

11A - Area south of Old Ferry Drive
consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/blp/blppogba/blppogba?pointId=1391006933761#section-13910069337
11B - Area south of The Drive
consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/blp/blppogba/blppogba?pointId=1391006933762#section-1391006933762
11C - Area south of Waylands
consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/blp/blppogba/blppogba?pointId=1391006933763#section-1391006933763
11E - Area east of St Andrews Close
consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/blp/blppogba/blppogba?pointId=1391006933764#section-1391006933764
11F - Area around Tithe Farm
consult.rbwm.gov.uk/portal/blp/blppogba/blppogba?pointId=1391006933765#section-1391006933765

Here are some photos from South of the Drive



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 Flooding

All Information has been archived on the Flooding Page

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 Four key services available out of hours

Four key services available out of hours


Extended out-of-hours access to four key services starts this week (Thursday 2 January), giving residents more opportunity to get in touch with the council about concerns.

The six-month pilot covers:
  • unauthorised tree felling
  • planning enforcement
  • dangerous structures and
  • late-night noise.

Aircraft noise is not covered by this and should be reported using the iPhone and Android Wide Noise app.

It means local people will be able to inform the council of illicit actions when they are taking place rather than having to wait until normal office hours.

Scheduled to run until Monday 30 June, the pilot means a duty team of experienced officers will be on call on a rota basis.  Residents who wish to report an urgent matter will simply call the council's out-of-hours number 01753 853517 and, where appropriate, the relevant duty officer will provide advice or attend the incident.

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 Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Petitions

The Royal Borough has created an e-petition service, accessible through petitions.rbwm.gov.uk.  There are certain terms and conditions surrounding setting up these petitions - such as being understandable, non party political, non libelous etc - which are viewable on the site. They will usually only respond to petitions with at least a hundred signatures and, although it doesn't say so on the site, I am led to believe that a total of at least one thousand signatories guarantees discussion by the full council.

Petitions that directly affect Wraysbury can be reached by following one of the links below.

Please take the opportunity to review these petitions and, if you agree with the premise, please add your signature to the relevant one.

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 The Arthur Walters Community Award (Updated 28 Jan)

Press Release dated 28th Jan 2014


The Arthur Walters Memorial Award


The organisers of the Arthur Walters Memorial Award in Wraysbury have decided to extend the deadline for nominations to 31st May 2014.

This is primarily as a result of the flooding that has caused so much distress in recent weeks and taken up so much of villagers' time.  Arthur was an expert on flooding and had personal experience of the havoc it can cause to property and lives.

He would have been the first to help flood victims and immensely proud of the huge effort made by local residents to bail each other out, often literally, and help the community get through the crisis.

The organisers feel it would be a fitting gesture to provide time for the efforts of those who made an outstanding contribution to this in the recent flooding to be considered by the judges before the award is made.  In addition May 31 was Arthur's birthday.

Nomination forms are available via the Parish Council Web site, using this link (The Arthur Walters Community Award Nomination Form) or from the Acting Clerk, Betty Marlow, on 01753 682482.

The organisers would also like to clarify that this is NOT a village vote.  The nomination form allows the nominators to explain in 250 words their reasons why a specific person should be considered.  Judging will be on the details provided, not the number of forms received.

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 ONE MEDICARE TO RUN NEW URGENT CARE SERVICE

The new Urgent Care Centre (UCC) is on track to open in The Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace at Brants Bridge in April 2014. The contract to run the new service has been awarded to One Medicare, a company which has considerable experience in running similar services.

The UCC will be open seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 8.00am to 8.00pm. There will be a GP on site throughout the time the centre is open. Diagnostics will be available on site.

The service currently provided in the Minor Injuries Unit (MIU) at Heatherwood Hospital will move to the UCC and it is hoped that many of the staff will transfer to the new service on TUPE. The new service will be an enhancement of the current service as it will cover illness as well as injuries.

There will be direct links with patients' GPs. Those people who need care and treatment which is better provided by their GP will be referred back to them. The practice will be informed that the referral has been made and also informed of the recommended timescale for any follow-up appointment. Any patient whose needs are urgent or severe will be directed to A&E with the UCC calling an ambulance if necessary.

The new service will provide all the elements currently provided by the MIU with the addition of treating those patients who have an immediate, but not life threatening, illness. It will also include a dedicated children's clinic during the early evening to meet the needs of young families.

A patient education centre is included in the plans to help patient understand the appropriate action to take when they need health care. This will help them to understand when it is appropriate to consult a pharmacist, when to make an appointment with their GP, when to call NHS 111 and when to go to A&E. We are expecting to see a reduction in attendances at A&E and One Medicare is tasked with helping achieve this, through prompt local access to treatment, and patient education for the future.

A comprehensive communication plan will ensure that the public will be informed of the transfer of service from Heatherwood to the Healthspace in advance of the opening. The main access route to the service will be via NHS 111 in keeping with the "Talk before you walk" message.

Kind regards,
PPI Team for Berkshire East CCGs
Engagement & Communications Administrator
57-59 Bath Road,
Reading, RG30 2BA
Tel 0118 982 2709

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 Interactive Gritting Map

Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead

News Release

For immediate use

Date: 25.11.13         Ref: 219/13

New interactive gritting map to help residents cope with winter on the roads

Residents are now better placed to negotiate any harsh wintry conditions on the borough's roads thanks to an interactive gritting map available on the Royal Borough website.

The new service - launched in time for winter - gives live information on which roads have been gritted as well as the location of 165 salt bins that can be used as and when required.

The new interactive gritting map - which can be found at http://maps.rbwm.gov.uk/winterservicesmap.htm - gives residents the option to enter their postcode to see exactly when and where roads near their home were last treated so that a safe journey into work or town can be planned.

Residents can see the 176 miles of primary and secondary gritting routes and tell the council when any salt bin needs replenishing through the "report it" link.

Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "With the new interactive gritting map and a stock of 1,050 tonnes of salt which we can replenish as and when required, we are better prepared than ever to cope with winter.

"Parish councils and residents' groups have responsibility for 103 of the borough's salt bins, empowering the community to get actively involved in salting local roads when it becomes necessary.

"We also have a farmers' contract set up and circulated to local farmers in a bid to gain additional resources to help clear rural roads in times of severe weather. The streetcare team will salt town centre pathways to help businesses and shoppers during periods of adverse weather."

The council will keep residents informed of its winter servicing measures through its live Twitter feed - giving details of the time and route of gritting as well as the amount of spread.

The gritters, to which a snow plough can be attached, salt the 145 miles of primary routes and 31 miles of secondary routes about an hour before freezing weather is expected. Once mobilised, any time of the day or night, the gritters spend three hours salting the routes. This does not include motorways or trunk roads which are the responsibility of the Highways Agency.

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Contacts:

Cllr Geoff Hill, cabinet member for highways and transport - tel: 07968 950629
Vikki Roberts, senior engineer, highways - tel: 01628 796361

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 Keep Safe Stay Well Service

"Keep Safe, Stay Well" is a new and unique service which is being introduced in the Windsor and Maidenhead area. The partnership between the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council, Windsor and Maidenhead CCG and care provider, MiHomecare will focus on supporting people in our community with their well-being, particularly when it comes to being aware of the services and support available to them in regard to preventing falls and trips.

Here are the details Keep Safe Stay Well - Welcome Letter 20.11.13.

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 DEFRA Flooding Insurance Response

All information on Flooding and Insurance can be seen by following the Flood Link on the left hand menu.

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 Safety in the home

Please take the time to read and act upon the information in the following two presentations supplied by the Fire Brigade to ensure you and your family are prepared.
Make Your Home Safe
Take Extra Care

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 Neighbourhood Plan

We were delighted with the attendance at the meetings which started the community involvement in the Neighbourhood Planning process. The results are being analysed and will be used to help inform the direction of our Neighbourhood Plan. It is important that community involvement is maintained and we would like to include as many members of the wider community as possible in this process.

The Neighbourhood Plan is expected to contain five main topic areas – Planning, Business, Community, Environment and Transport. Parish Councillors assigned to these topic areas will be responsible for leading the work which will look at identified issues, suggesting where possible alternative strategies to deal with them, as well as looking at longer term aspirations.

Among the many issues raised at the public meetings were:

Clearly there is much work involved and any assistance the wider community can give, however great or small, will not only aid the process but also bring in additional ideas. Anyone who would like to help on any of the five main topic areas or feel they have other skills to offer is invited to respond to one of the following email addresses.

For Horton, Cllr Samantha Rayner samantha.rayner@btconnect.com

For Wraysbury, Cllr Andrew Davies andrew.davies1@tiscali.co.uk

Horton and Wraysbury Neighbourhood Plan Steering Group

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About the Parish of Wraysbury

The Parish of Wraysbury sits on the east-most boundary of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It has an illustrious history stretching back at least to the days of the Domesday book. One of its claims to fame is the fact that the Magna Carta was signed within its boundaries in 1215. Runnymede also lays claim to this honour because the Magna Carta was apparently signed on an island in the middle of the Thames, but as King John arrived from the North Bank and only’ the Barons approached from the Runnymede side, Wraysbury should take precedence!

Wraysbury is a long, thin village, being a centre with village green, village hall and other facilities and three spurs of about a mile and a half each, stretching along the north bank of the Thames. It is surrounded by reservoirs and exhausted gravel pits, some of which, along with their surrounds, have SSSI status (Site of Special Scientific Interest) or similar.

Almost all of Wraysbury is just outside the M25, except for the half mile or so of Wraysbury Road leading to Lammas Park which is just inside the M25 at Junction 13. Indeed there can be only a couple of hundred yards of the Motorway inside the village boundaries.

To the North are Datchet and Horton, and to the South is Staines.

It is primarily a dormitory village now, with a population around three thousand many of whom work at the nearby Heathrow Airport or the large towns around such as Windsor, Slough and Staines. Less than one percent of the population work in agriculture now, according to the 1991 census.

The village boasts a modern village hall which hosts a considerable number of clubs and functions, active bowls, tennis, cricket and football clubs and scout and guide facilities for the younger members of the community. The lakes also host a number of water sports, from fishing, through sailing to diving.


Email the Clerk

Clerk to the Council
01628 634530