Thursday, 14 December 2017

OWPC Response to RBWM Ward Boundary Review


Old Windsor Parish Council have reviewed the proposal to reduce the number of Borough Councillors from 57 to 43 and amend ward boundaries accordingly.
We have very grave concerns as to the consequences of this proposal on communities within the borough and consider that this will have an inevitable negative impact upon our representation at borough level.
We believe the figure of 43 seats is completely arbitrary any without any basis in geographical constraints, community or historical connections. As the first tier of local government we were surprised that our views were not sought before a proposal was finalised and would have suggested that the process would have been better served had these issues been considered in the beginning. This would have seen a proposal that would have had the advantage of locating ward boundaries in a way that was more relevant to the distinct communities. We accept a certain reduction is necessary but believe a number of 47/48 makes much more sense.

Listed below are our concerns regarding the proposed ward boundaries;

1                    Old Windsor Parish is a geographically large area, designated as a rural village that is bounded by Surrey, Bracknell, the River Thames, urban Windsor, Crown Estate and Green Belt. Most of these are fixed boundaries that are unlikely to be affected by any future development, Old Windsor should not expand into urban Windsor as the issues faced by each community are completely different. Windsor is predominantly a busy tourist town whereas Old Windsor is a village with a strong sense of identity and community. We consider ourselves a ‘detached ward’ as there is no obvious area that would be compatible with Old Windsor Parish other than small area of crown estate to the north and the north-west (as shown on RBWM proposal).

2                    RBWM has recommended that Old Windsor is combined with Wraysbury into one ward. Wraysbury is on the other side of the River Thames with no connecting links. There is no public transport or shared facilities between the two communities. They each operate a different school system. Wraysbury follows the two tier school structure where Old Windsor is part of the Windsor three tier system. We cannot find any instances of interaction between the two communities since the pedestrian ferry was discontinued in the 1960’s. This ignores the criteria that arrangements should promote effective and convenient local government and should reflect community interests
  
3                    The proposal for Old Windsor and Wraysbury ward to be 3 councillors across two distinctly different communities also ignores’ effective local government’ as it will not be possible to have equal representation within the ward. Due to extensive outsourcing and restructuring the role of Borough Councillor will therefore considerably more focused on ensuring the quality of service delivery in their ward. We have seen the reduction in direct contact between residents and borough officers and therefore a corresponding increase in residents needing to access their borough councillor and so requiring the ward councillor to be accessible and knowledgeable of their community. Extensive cuts are proven to result in a higher caseload for ward councillors.

4                    If the proposed reduction to 43 councillors goes ahead then this will not only impact Old Windsor, many communities east and south of the borough will be negatively affected. We would draw your attention to the North of the Windsor area where Eton/Eton Wick/Datchet and Horton become one ward with 3 councillors and the Ascot area that, although 3 parishes, would be reduced to 2 wards. This could be avoided by amending the proposed number of councillors to 47 or 48. We believe the current proposal will cause significant disruption to community cohesion in the affected areas.

5                    The extent of development in many areas of the borough is unknown due to uncertainty as to whether the Borough Local Plan will be accepted and the designated Green Belt sites are released. The timescales are also fluid and we could see ward equality being compromised until 2022/23. It does not seem logical to undertake this exercise in a period of such transition.
  
6                    We would like to bring to your attention that having a higher number of geographically larger wards could lead to a reduction in community representatives putting themselves forward for election as a borough councillor. An effective local councillor knows the ward and its residents, much larger wards with multiple distinct communities will compromise the concept of localism and could see a reduction in local democracy further reducing the likelihood of local working people standing for election.

Old Windsor Parish Council ask that the recommendation of 43 Councillors is reviewed and our alternative is considered as we wish to maintain the current effective representational arrangements in this part of the borough. The proposal to join Old Windsor with Wraysbury can only be seen as detrimental to both communities and their residents.

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Given that Old Windsor Ward already contain the vast majority or rural crown estate, we suggest expanding the boundary to include all Crown estate areas and their properties that are not connected with the immediate castle environs.
The inclusion of any properties that abut the existing Crown Estate/Great Park boundary would not disrupt existing communities and would have little or no effect on those properties

 A reduction of 10 councillor's to 47 would result in equality being 5056. We estimate that this proposed ward would be current figures of 3878 plus an uplift of 6% which would bring the total to 4110 plus the additional electors, with their uplift, estimated at 500 giving a Total of 4610. This is within the 10% desired target for equality of a two member ward

Thursday, 28 September 2017

RBWM Borough Local Plan Consultation Responses

Old Windsor Parish Council's response to Regulation 19 


OWPC Individual Response

Group Response 28 page Executive Summary



Roadworks planned in RBWM and on the M3 junctions 2 - 4a

RBWM supply a list of roadworks booked to take place in the borough for each week. This is this weeks list and the list for the M3 is below this:

Highways, Parks and Countryside Newsletter

Week Commencing 15 January 2018

The Highways, Parks & Countryside Newsletter is now available on the RBWM website at http://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200959/road_maintenance/663/council_highway_works_on_site_this_week
To view details of current and planned works on roads in the borough, including work being carried out by public utility companies, go to Roadworks.org.
Ascot and the Sunnings
Wards
Ascot and Cheapside – Sunninghill and South Ascot – Sunningdale
Parishes – Sunninghill and Ascot – Sunningdale

Highways Works:
  • No highway works this week.

Consultations/Other News:
  • High Street (Sunninghill and South Ascot) - Statutory consultation (required under Legislation) on proposed raised Zebra crossing. Runs from Friday 22 December to Friday 19 January 2018.


Maidenhead
Wards – Furze Platt – Belmont – Pinkneys Green – Cox Green – Boyn Hill – Oldfield – Maidenhead Riverside
Parishes – Cox Green

Highways Works:
  • Clare Road (Boyn Hill) – footway works – Monday 15 January 2018.
  • Shoppenhangers Road (Oldfield) – carriageway works - Wednesday 17 January 2018.

Consultations/Other News:
  • Wessex Primary School (Cox Green) – Year 4 Booster Boy lessons this week.


Maidenhead Rural
Wards – Bray – Hurley and Walthams – Bisham and Cookham
Parishes – Bray – White Waltham – Shottesbrooke – Waltham St Lawrence – Hurley – Bisham – Cookham

Highways Works:
  • Hurley Lane (Hurley and Walthams) – carriageway works – Friday 19 January 2018 – two-way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Consultations/Other News:
  • Holy Trinity Primary School (Bisham and Cookham) – Year 4 Booster Boy lessons this week.
  • Cookham Dean Primary School (Bisham and Cookham) Year 4 Booster Boy lessons this week.


Windsor and Eton
Wards – Clewer North – Clewer South – Clewer East – Park – Castle Without – Eton and Castle – Eton Wick
Parishes – Eton – Bray (part)

Highways Works:
  • Peascod Street (Castle Without) – footway works – Monday 15 to Friday 26 January 2018
  • Vansittart Underpass (Castle Without) – repairing, repainting and revamping – Monday 15 to Friday 19 January 2018.


Consultations/Other News:
  • Homer First School (Clewer North) – Year 4 Booster Boy lessons this week.
  • Eton Wick First School (Eton Wick) Year 4 Booster Boy lessons this week.
  • Dedworth Road (Clewer South and Clewer North) - recycling stand at Tesco –Tuesday 16 January 2018 in the morning.


Windsor Rural
Wards – Datchet – Horton and Wraysbury – Old Windsor
Parishes – Datchet – Horton – Wraysbury – Old Windsor

Highways Works:
  • Slough Road (Datchet) – footway works – Monday 15 January to Friday 19 January 2018 – two-way lights 9.30am to 3.30pm.


Many of the works listed above are weather dependent and rely on unhindered access.

We aim to keep any changes to a minimum but dates are subject to change.


Operational activities such as road markings and sign installation have to be flexible and are often arranged at short notice. Therefore they may not appear on this list; however Members will have been consulted on, and approved the changes prior to these works.


Notifications of M3 Slip Road or Carriageway overnight closures

Notifications of Slip Road or Carriageway overnight closures


For information
Highways England declares the M3 smart motorway works completed as of June 2017. In addition to the smart motorway works we have also been carrying out the most extensive maintenance on the M3 since it was first built in 1971. This includes the demolition and reconstruction of Woodlands Lane Bridge, drainage repairs on the M3 interchange with the M25 which and low noise resurfacing on all lanes. Whilst we have delivered most of the additional work in parallel with the smart motorway works, other works unconnected with the smart motorway upgrade are continuing during overnight closures.

Highways England and ourselves are working very hard to carry out the remaining work under lane closures and only use overnight full closures when it is absolutely necessary due to safety of the workforce and all members of the travelling public. We expect the full closures to continue to reduce each week and we are pleased to announce that the new Woodlands Lane Bridge reopened on 22 December 2017.

Friday 12 January 2018
Where:            M3 junction 4a northbound entry slip road
Timing:            9pm – 6am
Diversion:       M3 junction 4a to the A327 to the A30 to A331 to the M3 junction 4
Required for:  Additional and Major Maintenance Works

Friday 12 January – Saturday 13 January 2018
Where:            M25 clockwise link road and anti-clockwise slip road to the M3 northbound
Timing:            Friday and Saturday 11pm – 5.30am
                        Sunday 10pm – 5.30am
Diversion:       M25 junction 13 to the A30 to the A308 to the M3 junction 1 northbound
Required for:  Additional and Major Maintenance Works

Monday 15 January – Tuesday 16 January 2018
Where:            M3 junction 3 northbound entry slip road
Timing:            9pm – 6am
Diversion:       Enter the M3 junction 3 southbound to the M3 junction 4 turn around and enter the M3 at junction 4 northbound
Required for:  Additional and Major Maintenance Works

Wednesday 17 January – Thursday 18 January 2018
Where:            M25 clockwise slip road to the M3 southbound
Timing:            10pm – 5.30am
Diversion:       Continue to the M25 clockwise to junction 13 exit and re-enter the M25 anti-clockwise to M25 junction 12 to the M3 junction 2 southbound
Required for:  Additional and Major Maintenance Works

Where:            M25 clockwise link road to the M3 northbound
Timing:            10pm – 5.30am
Diversion:       Continue to the M25 clockwise to junction 13 exit and re-enter the M25 anti-clockwise to M25 junction 12 to the M3 junction 2 northbound

Required for:  Additional and Major Maintenance Works

Please note these closures are weather dependent


Thursday, 21 September 2017

Proposed redevelopment of Runnymede Roundabout

A major redevelopment of Runnymede Roundabout has been approved by Surrey County Council. There is no start time agreed yet but you can find out what the work involves by clicking the link below. The plans for the Glanty Loop and Runnymede Roundabout are at the bottom of the page. All updates will appear on this page as well. This will have a major effect on traffic coming from Old Windsor to Staines/M25/Heathrow whilst the work is being done.

The latest newsletter is here:
https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0006/152169/Newsletter-06-Runnymede-RAB-December-2017.pdf

https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/roads-and-transport/roads-and-transport-policies-plans-and-consultations/major-transport-projects/runnymede-major-transport-schemes

Thursday, 8 June 2017

OLD WINDSOR NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN


Old Windsor Neighbourhood Plan 
Submission Version















What is a Neighbourhood Plan?

A Neighbourhood Plan is a way of helping local communities to influence the future planning of the area in which they live and work. The Plan must be an evidence-based assessment of the social, economic and environmental needs of a community. In the case of Old Windsor, the Plan will give the local community an opportunity to have a greater say in the planning and development of the village over the next ten to fifteen years and once adopted the Plan will have legal weight and will be used when making planning decisions in the Parish.

A Neighbourhood Plan allows us all to have a say in where new homes, shops and offices and other developments should be built. 

To identify and protect or develop local green spaces.

To influence what new buildings should look like.

What we have done so far

·        Focus groups with village organisations
·        Village wide questionnaire
·        Borough Plan/Neighbourhood Plan Information Day
·        Newsletter/website updates
·        Information stall at 2014 Carnival
·        Village History and Development Exhibition
·        Exhibition at the 2015 & 2016 Carnival


As a result of what you have told us please follow the links below
























We welcome your comments as this is your Neighbourhood Plan