Minutes of the Dorney Parish Meeting of the Council
held at the Dorney Village Hall on Tuesday 13th March 2018 at 8 pm
Present:- Councillors K Harris (chaired the meeting), G Easton, A Foxley, A Purdie and R Ormond.
In Attendance:- Buck CC Cllr Dev Dhillon, SBDC Cllr D Pepler,2 members of the public and Sue Moffat (Clerk).
180. PUBLIC PARTICIPTION – Bucks CC Report – Cllr Dev Dhillon reported:- (i) Bucks CC have added another £2m to the £50m to spend on road repairs. Cllr Dhillon has received £9600 between Burnham, Taplow and Dorney PCs to spend on additional highways work under the Members Maintenance Fund for this year according to the list circulated which includes the cost breakdown e.g. Jet patching, siding out etc. He also has some money in his capital fund for road repairs. Dorney PC suggested jet patching from (a) Lake End Road to Village Road; (b) Motorway bridge to the bend in Taplow and; (c) Marsh Lane to over the Jubilee River. Also siding out footpath along the cycleway from Sainsburys to Dorney and replacement bench in Village Road which would need to be funded from the £9600. Cllr Dhillon offered funding for a new dog bin in Jubilee River car park from his Community Fund; (iii) Cllr Dhillon asked for any community projects requiring LAF funding for next year. Cllr Harris responded that the closure of Marsh Lane bridge for 8 months whilst it is being replaced for the M4 Smartmotorway, is causing great concern to the community. Particularly as all traffic will be directed around Court Lane including large vehicles trying to manoeuvre around the very sharp corner outside the Rowing Lake entrance which is exacerbated by parked cars. Cllr Dhillon suggested that the railings which are going to be erected outside the Newsagents in Lent Rise to stop drivers parking on the pavement, may be a suitable solution of preventing parked cars at the corner of Court Lane and creating greater safety measures to pedestrians. Councillors to consider this and report back; (iv) Cllr Purdie reported to Cllr Dhillon that at recent meetings at Dorney School, the Highways Agency was shocked at the impact that the 18 month closure of Marsh Lane will have on Dorney School as 80% of the children come from Burnham and Taplow and rely on Marsh Lane for their route to school. Highways at Bucks are looking in to this matter. The School is concerned that the 18 month road closure will have a detrimental impact on the level of numbers attending the school and are seeking compensation. Also Cllr Purdie pointed out to the Highways Agency that they had not taken into account that the fibre optic cable, providing Broadband to Dorney School and residents in Dorney Reach, is linked to Marsh Lane bridge; (v) Cllr Easton asked Cllr Dhillon about the proposed new cycleway along the A4. Cllr Dhillon responded that Bucks CC have given approval but he was very much against spending £1.2m on this cycleway as he does not believe it is viable proposition and a waste of public money; (vi) Please let Cllr Dhillon know if there are any elderly folk in Dorney needing help so that Bucks CC are aware of individual cases and can offer help.
SBDC Report – Cllr Pepler reported that:- (i) There has just been an announcement from the Secretary of State that he is minded to make an order for a single unitary authority in Bucks. The District Councils will be making representation to oppose this and seek the District Councils’ plan for a two new district authority. He ured others to do the same; (ii) Council tax is increasing in April; (iii) Cllr Pepler understood that the Animal Sanctuary has now gone but no more news on the Enforcement on the owners of the waste heaps at Orchard Herbs Farm
181. Apologies were received from Cllr L Kittel and Cllr P Smith.
182. Resolved to receive and approve the minutes of the previous meeting Council held on the 9th February 2018.
183. Disclosure of interest in items on the agenda – None.
184. Clerk’s Report – Does Dorney PC wish to make representation regards the recent announcement that the Secretary of State is minded to implement, subject to Parliamentary approval and further consultation, the locally led proposal to replace the existing five councils in Bucks with a single council for the area? There is a 10 week consultation ending on the 25th May 2018. It was agreed that it should be considered at the next Council meeting.
185. Chairman’s Report – None.
186. Defibrillator Update – Unfortunately the trainers were unable to attend the Volunteer training on 9th March and it will be arranged for another date but not on a Friday. However the 30 volunteers that did turn up had a pleasant evening and discussed the need for a defibrillator in Dorney Reach which could be located on the outside wall of the Village Hall or the disused Phone Box in Harcourt Rd if electricity was reconnected to it. Cllr Foxley offered to investigate this. If there were 2 defibrillators in Dorney they could then be locked ones as the appropriate code would be accessible for both halves of the village.
187. Transparency Code – Cllr Foxley has purchased the IT equipment and uploaded the software. It should be operational for the Clerk by 8th April. Yearly subscriptions for McCaffe and Microsoft will need to be included in the budget in future. It was agreed to debate the web site layout at the next meeting.
188. Traffic Calming Measures in Dorney (DTWG) – Cllr Ormond met with Local Area Technician and Cllr Dhillon on site to discuss suitable locations for the Vehicle Activated Sign. Dorney PC recommends 2 permanent solar panel Speed Awareness signs which register the number plate of speeding vehicles which eliminates the need to man Speed Watch cameras.. However Bucks CC have stated that only the specified SWARCO Mobile Vehicular Activated signs can be used. Further investigations will need to take place to clarify the situation as different types of signs have been spotted around Buckinghamshire. Cllr Dhillon has been successful in obtaining £1500 of LAF funding towards a MVAS.
189. Tree work at Dorney War Memorial. The tree work has been carried out satisfactory.
190. Proposed security measures required at Trumpers Field – Cllr Easton reported that the ditch work is completed. Now waiting for SBDC to organise for the post and rail wooden fencing to be installed alongside the ditch.
191. The agenda for the AGM on 18th April, 2018 was agreed.
(i) To note planning issues, decisions and appeals recently notified by South Bucks District Council.
(ii) To consider and comment upon applications – Agreed.
(iii) 17/00930/FUL, 3 Harcourt Rd, Single Storey Rear extension – Appeal dismissed.
a) To authorise payment of Accounts for March 2018 (as circulated).
b) To receive list of income for March 2018 (as circulated).
c) To receive recent bank statements and Chairman to sign reconciliations.
d) To receive the budget for 2017/18.
194. Member’s Reports – No meetings.
195. Correspondence (i) South Bucks Scam Community Forum; (ii) Bucks CC Mineral and Waste Consultation; (iii) Bucks CC Draft Freight Strategy Consultation; (iv) SE Water Draft Resources Management Plan Consultation; (v) BALC –Road works – Patching of Village Road; (vi) BALC – Winter Weather update; (vii) Beeches LAF agenda for 7th March 2018; (vii) Supplement: Local Priorities Budget 2018-19 to the agenda for Beeches Local Area Forum,(viii) Supplement: Local Priorities Budget 2018-19 to the agenda for Beeches Local Area Forum, Wednesday 7th March;(ix) TVP Hidden Harm Campaign; (x) Bucks CC – Modernising Local Government in Buckinghamshire
196. Resolve any complaints/comments received from residents – (i) Enquiry regards missing dog bin at Jubilee River car park; (ii) Enquiry regards building of large out buildings in Old Marsh Lane (referred to Cllr Dev Dhillon who has reported that the Enforcement Officer will be attending this week).
197. Highways employee/work – No further updates.
Meeting ended 9.38pm.
Chairman …………………………………………………… Date ………………………………….
Date of next meeting – 8pm on 10th April, 2018 by the Council meeting at Dorney Village Hall.
AGM at 7.30pm on Wednesday 18th April, 2018