Minutes of the Dorney Parish Meeting of the Council
held at the Dorney Village Hall on Tuesday 13th December 2016 at 8 pm
Present:- Councillors K Harris (chaired the meeting),Cllr A Foxley, Cllr L Kittel, Cllr A Purdie, Cllr P Smith and R Ormond.
In Attendance:- Cllr Dev Dhillon, Cllr D Peplar, Mr Dax and Mrs S Moffat (Clerk).
121. PUBLIC PARTICIPTION – Bucks CC Report – Cllr Dhillon reported that:- (i) The proposed cycle route in Taplow associated with the new development at Mill Lane has been put on hold due to safety issues; (ii) Major road and footpath works will be taking place from 9th January 2017 in Stomp Road and Priory Lane; (iii) BCC have sent their proposals for Unitary Authority to the Secretary of State. Adult Social Care and Education costs the County more than what is budgeted. Money saving measures need to take place to cope with spiralling costs and the proposals for Unitary Authority hope to achieve this. Parish councils will remain independent and will be able to take on more devolved work if these changes take place; (iv) River Hotel by the Maidenhead Bridge is being demolished. TfB are discussing with Maidenhead Council to introduce an extra lane on the LHS to alleviate traffic congestion.
Cllr Harris pointed out that the Cycling project paid by Sustran which includes the cycle path from Sainsburys to Dorney is no longer viable due to overgrown vegetation along this section making it impossible to pass. It was agreed to approach Burnham Town Council to take action.
SBDC Report – Cllr Peplar reported:- (i) If the third runway at Heathrow takes place this will affect Burnham, Dorney and Taplow. However this has not yet received final Government approval; Cllr Foxley added that if it does take place Dorney will not get compensation as the boundary stops near Boveney; (ii) SBDC Council tax will only increase by a modest amount next year.
Cllr Harris asked Cllr Peplar to keep Dorney PC informed if the Eton/Slough by-pass is discussed at SBDC and there is any further development?
122. Apologies were received from Cllr G Easton.
123. Resolved to receive and approve the minutes of the previous meeting held on the 8th November 2016 after clarifying Minute 87 that the ‘Walk to School’ route is unsafe refers to the route to Burnham secondary schools for the children of Dorney Parish that is unsafe not the ‘Walk to School’ scheme for Dorney Combined school.
124. Disclosure of interest in items on the agenda – None.
125. Clerks Report – Bucks CC and the 4 District Councils have now both sent their respective proposals on Modernising Local Government to the Secretary of State for consideration. Bucks CC are recommending Unitary Authority and the Districts are recommending a Two Tier Unitary Authority.
126. Chairman’s Report – Cllr Harris had nothing to report.
127. Resolved for Mr Dax to become a non-voting member to work on behalf of Dorney Parish Council on Dorney Traffic Group and report back to Council each month. Mr Dax then went on to present the following report:-
Actions taken by DTWG during November 2016 for information
(i) Dorney Traffic Working Group is now based in The Vicarage, Lake End Road at no charge until Diocese sells the property. Probably at Easter. Currently setting up visual presentation for residents to drop in during January 2017 and get their reactions.
• Vehicle Activation System (MVAS) – The Unit taken has been taken to SWARCO in Milton Keynes and waiting repair.
(ii) Data received from Traffic Counter at Village Road Cattle Grid.
• The Clerk has passed over the example week data that she was sent from Bucks CC – w/c 17OCT16. The counter is working well and provides vehicle count data by hour, by direction. Requested back data in order to establish volume trends and future data. Vehicle volume results for OCT17 appear to be around 20% higher than in 2004.
(iii) Dorney Lake Christmas/New Year Closure.
• Awaiting response regarding possibility of leaving it open this year.
(iv) Parking along Climo’s Corner/Court Lane at Dorney Lake Entrance.
• Dorney Lake parking charges are being increased in line with Burnham Beeches weekend charges which have increased to £3/day.
• Discussions held with all residents and businesses in Court Lane regarding proposal to place narrow/primrose double lines (not thick bright yellow lines) from just north of Dorney Pumping Station gates to the end of Court Lane. These lines are, apparently, acceptable alongside a Conservation Area and similar rural locations. There was unanimous support for the proposal from the frontagers. This will included in the final proposals to Transport for Buckinghamshire.
(v) Update on Major External Threats:
Capacity ratio figures show that there will be more queues on the M4 between Junctions 6
& 8 over the next 20 years than there are now. Significantly more traffic will be diverted down the B3026, Marsh Lane and from Eton Wick through Dorney.
DTWG will consider, in its Traffic Calming proposals to TfB, recommending certain of the measures to be done at the same time as the new bridges construction where it makes sense.
(v.b) Eton By Pass
Awaiting their survey results on “rat runners”.
It has been indicated that Eton College conducted a full technical survey of the possible scheme two years ago, prior to raising a sum of £45m on the bond market.
Understand that proposed cycle way along A4 may not go ahead due to lack of finance.
• Proposal from the DTWG is to hold the Dorney Parish Council Meeting on 14th February 2017 at The Vicarage to include a presentation of the Traffic Proposals including residents comments in order to make the final proposal for TfB by 31 March 2017.
Dorney Parish Council to decide at the next Council meeting to hold the Council meeting on 14th February at The Vicarage to view the proposals of DTWG. Dorney Parish Council strongly opposes the Eton By-Pass that is mentioned in Eton and Eton Wicks Neighbourhood Plan as this would have a severe detrimental effect on the traffic in Dorney. Therefore the Parish Council would advise the DTWG to raise this objection in their proposals.
128. Resolved to approve the budget for 2017/2018 recommended by the Finance Committee on 8th November 2016.
129. Resolved to set the precept for 2017-18 at £21,223 as recommended by the Finance Committee on 8th November 2016. This is a 3% increase from the 2016/17’s precept of £20,605.
130. Resolved the meeting dates for 2017 (as appended).
131. Resolved not to adopt the second red telephone box by the Pineapple PH. BT have been informed that Dorney PC wishes to adopt the one outside the Old Post Office.
132. No comment on draft version 4 of TfB Safety Inspection Policy.
133. No comment to the 4 districts consultation on ‘Modernising Local Government’.
134. No comment to Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-16) Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation.
(i) To note planning issues, decisions and appeals recently notified by South Bucks District Council – (as appended).
(ii) Plans were considered and comment made – (as appended).
(a) Resolved to authorise payment of Accounts for December 2016 (as circulated).
(b) Resolved to receive list of income for December 2016 (as circulated).
(c) Resolved to receive recent bank statements and Chairman to sign reconciliations
(d) To receive the budget for 2016/17 – Agreed.
137. Members Report – Nothing to report.
138. Correspondence (i) Chalfont St Peter Neighbourhood Plan, Iver Neighbourhood Area, (ii) Chiltern and South Bucks Local Plan (2014-2036) Green Belt Preferred Options Consultation; (iii) Thames Path National Trail Winter Newsletter; (iv) BCC Newsletter – Winter Gritting; (v) Parish Bulletin from Neighbourhood Policing Team.
139. Resolve any complaints/comments received from residents: Member’s Reports – Cllr Kittel received a complaint from the ‘Walk to School’ Group regards the November Council Minutes that stated the ‘Walk to School’ route was unsafe. Cllr Kittel wanted to clarify that it was the route from Dorney to Burnham schools that was unsafe for children which she has been campaigning for on behalf of Dorney to try and get school transport for school children attending secondary schools in Burnham and not the ‘Walk to School’ route for Dorney Combined School.
140. Maintenance and Highway employee/work – Nothing to report.
Date of next meeting – 8pm Council Meeting on 10th January, 2017 at Dorney Village Hall.
Meeting ended 9.24 pm.