Articles from 2012

  • ‘Heart-warming’ gift for cheated Guides (0) 31 December, 2012 Bosses at Cougar Couriers Ltd, in Poyle Road, Colnbrook, have donated £250 to the 3rd Slough Guides after reading how children raising funds for school pupils in Nepal were duped into accepting fake notes.
  • 2012 IN REVIEW 1: January to June – celebration, recognition, bravery … and disagreement! (2) 31 December, 2012 What a year it's been, so much has happened. The first six months were, of course, dominated by the Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations. Other highlights and lowlights, depending on your point of view, included the parish AGM, proposals to change the ward boundary, and the launch of the CCA's youth initiative. SIFE reared its head again, while the Johal site caused consternation. A local resident gained recognition and another was recognised for bravery.
  • Heathrow plan not supported by region’s business leaders (0) 30 December, 2012 A report published by the Institute of Director's revealed that only 27% of its members backed plans for a third runway at Heathrow but still called for two more runways at Heathrow and one at Gatwick.
  • Coming soon … a review of 2012! (0) 28 December, 2012
  • Ostrich comedy nights are back by popular demand (0) 27 December, 2012 Screaming Blue Murder comedy nights at The Ostrich are set to continue again in 2013, starting on Tuesday, January 8th.
  • Flood risk reduced but Colnbrook and Iver remain on Alert (0) 27 December, 2012 The Environment Agency has removed its warning for Poyle but a Flood Alert remains in place for the Colne Brook where levels are still high but falling slowly. A band of moderate to heavy rain in the morning is expected to ease during the afternoon.
  • Mike Nye blames “lost respect” after cat shot with air gun (1) 23 December, 2012 Former parish councillor Mike Nye is warning pet owners to be vigilant after his cat was shot with an air gun. "Unfortunately this is they way society is going, we have lost respect for everything as a society," said Mike.
  • Dexter: “the case for SIFE is blown away” by Pickles’ Radlett go-ahead (1) 23 December, 2012 Cllr Dexter Smith has said the decision not to re-open the Radlett Inquiry and combine it with the SIFE Inquiry "is good news on two counts". first, that Colnbrook people will not be asked to go to Inquiry sessions miles away, and second that the strategic importance of our Green Belt has been recognised.
  • Action plan in place for Colnbrook CE Primary (0) 23 December, 2012 Action is being taken to turn Colnbrook CE Primary School around after it was placed in special measures. A meeting took place with parents last week and they were talked through the school's plans.
  • Dexter strikes optimistic chord in Christmas message to residents (0) 23 December, 2012 Cllr Dexter Smith strikes an upbeat note in a Christmas message to residents today, with an optimistic reflection on the village, community, and progress on village issues.
  • Tories suffer as Lib Dems win Spelthorne by-election (0) 22 December, 2012 THE Liberal Democrats have held on to their Sunbury Common ward seat on Spelthorne Borough Council in a by-election that saw the Conservatives pushed into fourth place.
  • Sports clubs urged to apply for share of £100,000 pot (0) 22 December, 2012 SPORTS clubs have been invited to apply for a share of £100,000. Get Berkshire Active, the county sports partnership, has announced it has the six-figure sum to distribute to projects across Berkshire during 2013 as part of the national Sportivate programme.
  • Flood Alert looks set to remain for the Christmas holidays (7) 22 December, 2012 It may be the wrong biblical story for the season but building an ark may be in order according to the Environment Agency and Meteorological Office. Datchet, Wraysbury, Horton are all subject to a flood alert.
  • Hostile reaction to Radlett freight exchange decision (0) 22 December, 2012 Local newspapers and other media outlets have carried further reaction to Eric Pickles shock decision on the Radlett freight terminal yesterday.
  • Walsh: “A very important message has been given about the value of the Green Belt” (0) 21 December, 2012 Cllr James Walsh has been quick to welcome the Secretary of State's ruling on Radlett, saying: "we should all take heart from this result and a very important message has been given about the value of our greenbelt in Colnbrook ... This will give us a strong hand when the SIFE appeal is heard next year."
  • Shock go-ahead for Radlett rail freight depot (1) 21 December, 2012 The Radlett rail freight depot has been given the go-ahead today in a shock move by Minister Eric Pickles, in what will no doubt be a devastating Christmas present to the campaigners there. St Albans MP Anne Main, who has fought against the scheme, said: “I am devastated on behalf of constituents who fought long and hard against this mindless act of vandalism. When the Minister discussed this with me I made it clear how angry I was and I find the decision incomprehensible." Coming just a week after he rejected a "conjoined" public inquiry with Colnbrook, Pickles' move has surprised everybody after a six and a half year fight and two previous public inquiries. The impact on the Colnbrook SIFE development is far from clear. A conjoined Inquiry would have indicated only one of the two schemes would be given the go-ahead. However, road to rail proponents have long called for a network of at least 4 Strategic Rail Freight Interchanges (SRFIs) around London.
  • Slough: let’s recycle more this Christmas (1) 21 December, 2012 The countdown to Christmas is well and truly under way and Slough Borough Council is reminding residents to be kind to the environment this festive season by recycling more.
  • Volunteers clock up the years at Slough charity shop (4) 21 December, 2012 A commemorative plaque has been unveiled to Age Concern by Slough Mayor Cllr Chrissy Small to honour volunteers who have racked up a phenomenal 149 years of service.
  • Slough warn against fake booze as Trading Standards find 8% of shops sell potentially harmful alcohol (0) 21 December, 2012 Slough Borough Council is issuing advice to residents on how to avoid buying potentially hazardous counterfeit alcohol this Christmas.
  • Walsh warns of Spelthorne MPs plans to concrete over half the village (0) 21 December, 2012 Ward councillor James Walsh has used his Christmas newsletter to warn that Spelthorne MP Kwarsi Kwarteng's support for western expansion of Heathrow could destroy the village.
  • Armed men break into house in terrifying late night attack in Westfield (0) 20 December, 2012 Up to 10 men armed with weapons including a baseball bat and a metal bar broke into a house and carried out a terrifying late night attack on Wednesday. Police are appealing for witnesses after a group of men forced open the front door of a house in Severn Crescent at about 10.15pm.
  • Changes to support scheme will see big increases in Council Tax for some (1) 20 December, 2012 Slough's cabinet voted this week to adopt its own Council Tax Support Scheme which will see big rises in April for some residents in an attempt to offset the loss of £1.1m of funds from central government.
  • Revised bin collection schedule for Christmas (0) 20 December, 2012 Slough Borough Council has advised the revised bin collection schedule for the Christmas period.
  • Colnbrook petrol thief to be sentenced in new year (2) 20 December, 2012 The woman who admitted stealing more than £140 worth of unleaded fuel from four garage forecourts including two in Colnbrook will be sentenced next month.
  • Christmas cheer comes to Colnbrook (0) 18 December, 2012 A bumper turnout enjoyed a Christmas Community Lunch on Sunday last week at The Holiday Inn Express, Brands Hill and 150 people attended.
  • Public inquiry into Radlett rail freight terminal ‘unnecessary’ (2) 18 December, 2012 News of Eric Pickles' decision not to hold a "conjoined" public inquiry for the rival SIFE and Radlett proposals has not gone down well with Hertsmere MP James Clappison. He said this week the case against the Radlett rail freight interchange is "overwhelming" and it would be "undesirable" for Mr Pickles to give the go-ahead without a public inquiry.
  • Longboarding Santas raise money for sick children (0) 18 December, 2012 More than 15 longboarders dressed as Santa passed through Kensington, Chiswick, Colnbrook and Datchet on their way to Windsor, following a 26-mile journey that had started at Hyde Park last Saturday.
  • Christmas tree helps get Slough shoppers feeling festive (0) 18 December, 2012 A fully decorated 20-foot Norway spruce will help shoppers get in the festive spirit in Slough town square. It is only the second time a real Christmas tree has been placed in the town centre during the Christmas period for more than a decade.
  • Slough falls below national average for SATs; Colnbrook named as worst performing school in Slough (0) 18 December, 2012 THE number of primary school pupils who achieved a Level 4 SAT score in English and maths has risen - although Slough is still below the national average. Colnbrook Church of England Primary School, in Colnbrook High Street, was ranked as the worse performing in Slough - with only 52% of pupils achieving Level 4 or above in English and maths.
  • Don’t tell strangers what Santa got you for Christmas! (1) 18 December, 2012 Thames Valley Police would like to warn you against the dangers of leaving the packaging of those expensive gifts bought for Christmas uncovered and intact outside your front door, next to or in the bin awaiting its weekly or in some cases fortnightly collection.
  • Birdwatchers flock to Queen Mother Reservoir after spotting rare bird (0) 18 December, 2012
  • Slough Comet staff in limbo over jobs as axe falls on more stores (1) 15 December, 2012 35 staff at Comet on the Bath Road are still unsure if they will be employed at Christmas as the axe falls on more stores this week.
  • Slough and Maidenhead to get 4G by the end of 2012 (0) 15 December, 2012 HIGH-TECH digital communications network 4G will be switched on in Slough by the end of the month. Slough will be among the 18 towns and cities in the UK with access to EE's new mobile network.
  • Unemployment figures rise across the region (0) 15 December, 2012 Slough unemployment has risen again in Slough with the number of people claiming in November rising by 29 to 3,392- the highest it has been since April and, at 3.8%, bucking the trend for the South East as a whole which fell to 2.4%.
  • Public inquiry into possible village green status for Wraysbury field completed (0) 15 December, 2012 THE public inquiry into converting a plot of land into a village green in Wraysbury has been completed. Results will be known within two months.
  • Pickles’ u-turn gives Colnbrook a second chance! (0) 14 December, 2012
  • Initial census figures reveal Slough to be a diverse community with a vibrant economy (1) 14 December, 2012 The increased diversity of London gained a lot of media coverage this week but the emerging picture for Slough is perhaps more interesting. Census 2011 shows a near-doubling of the population since 1941 and a 30,000 increase in the last decade alone. Slough was the 9th most popular location for recent EU migration, and only 61% were born in the UK. But Slough has the 2nd lowest number of households in the country with nobody working and employment is much more diverse than you may think. And while we are ranked THIRD in the 31-48 hour working week quartile, figures suggest a better work/life balance.
  • Christmas Sing-a-long on THURSDAY 20th December (3) 14 December, 2012 The Colnbrook Residents Association is holding a Christmas Sing-a-long next THURSDAY, 20th December, at 7pm - not as previously reported on Friday.
  • Extent of Slough’s lost voters revealed in Census statistics (1) 14 December, 2012 The initial release of census figures on Tuesday expose the scale of the inadequacy of current electoral figures for Slough. The Boundary Commission based their proposals for changes to the Slough on a registered electorate for Slough of 84,908, while census figures show Slough actually had a total voting age population of 102,981 were of voting age, a difference of 18,073.
  • Colnbrook C of E downgraded following OFSTED inspection (1) 14 December, 2012 OFSTED has downgraded Colnbrook C of E to "inadequate" and in need of "special measures" following its latest inspection. It found that the governing body had not met its has responsibilities and failed to hold the headteacher and other school leaders robustly to account
  • Putting a price on crime this Christmas (0) 14 December, 2012 Excess for insurance: £50, or paying to have the window fixed - £200. Stolen presents: £250. Having your car valeted to remove glass: £15. Left feeling annoyed, stupid and embarrassed, not mentioning present-less: ... it’s not worth it! Lock your vehicle, leaving nothing of value inside, to ensure a crime free enjoyable Christmas!
  • CCA members emphatically reject Spelthorne move (1) 14 December, 2012 The Colnbrook Community Association made a formal submission on Monday in response to the Boundary Commission's revised proposals after the results of a consultation with its membership. Just under a quarter of CCA members chose to respond, with those that did feeling their views could not change a decision already been made but emphatically rejecting the proposal to move Colnbrook to Spelthorne nonetheless.
  • Youth centre campaigners vow to keep fighting against closure until the council ‘locks the door’ (0) 12 December, 2012 THE co-founder of a youth centre is vowing to fight against its closure until the council 'lock the door' on it. Slough Young People's Centre is set to close in September 2013 after Slough Borough Council (SBC) Cabinet agreed to an overhaul of youth services at a meeting on Monday (10).
  • Happy Birthday to Colnbrook Views … 11,000 times! (1) 11 December, 2012 Colnbrook Views celebrated its third birthday in November with a staggering 11,009 page views registered for November, a 42% increase on the previous month. Last month's by-election results easily knocked the Duchess of Cornwall's visit off its perch as the site's previous busiest day and we've had nearly 20,000 visits this year alone!
  • Funeral held for Margaret Linton (0) 11 December, 2012 The funeral of popular local figure Margaret Linton took place on Friday at St Thomas' Church. The ceremony, designed by Margaret, included some of her favourite songs together with the reading of poems especially written for the service by family and friends.
  • Police “Don’t get smashed” campaign show 56% decrease in arrests so far (0) 11 December, 2012 Early figures from Thames Valley's Don't Get Smashed campaign show 45 people have been arrested on suspicion of drink driving in the Thames Valley area, a 56 per cent decrease on last year.
  • More than £1m set to improve key bus routes in Slough (1) 10 December, 2012 MORE than £1m is set to be ploughed into improving key routes in Slough in a bid to ease traffic congestion. The number 78 bus service is due to be improved thanks to a grant from the Department for Transport. Work, which begins next month, will include closing lay-bys, a new bus lane in Farnham Road, and widening the A4 London Road to two lanes eastbound between M4 junction 5 and the Brands Hill junction.
  • Tatty signs to be replaced in push to smarten up Colnbrook’s streets (2) 10 December, 2012 'TATTY' and 'decrepit' road name plates will be replaced in a Slough initiative starting in Colnbrook. A third of all Slough's street name plates - more than 1,000 - will be replaced, along with redundant signs, bollards and other street furniture.
  • Beware of Cold Callers and Distraction Burglaries (1) 10 December, 2012 Thames Valley police have been made aware of cold callers claiming to be from Thames Valley police targeting people for advertising and sponsorship.
  • Heathrow: New trial for “noise relief zones” (0) 10 December, 2012 Heathrow has partnered with HACAN, NATS and British Airways to launched a new 5 month trial to test whether creating ‘noise relief zones’ for communities under the flight path could ease disturbance for residents.
  • Stricter rules brought in for dog owners who do not clean up their pet’s poo (1) 10 December, 2012 TOUGHER rules on dog owners who do not clean up their pet's poo have been brought in by Slough Borough Council.
  • Help the CPRE to demand MPs to rethink the Growth and Infrastructure Bill (0) 10 December, 2012 The Campaign for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) has launched an emergency campaign in response to the Planning Minister’s latest announcement that he wants to increase England’s built up area by a third.
  • HSBC replaces stolen cash after Colnbrook war hero, 87, mugged at cashpoint (1) 5 December, 2012 A war veteran has had £280 taken from him by muggers replaced by his bank. George Brandon, from Colnbrook, had £40 in cash and two bank cards snatched from him when he was withdrawing money from the cashpoint in the car park at Sainsbury's in Uxbridge Road on Friday last week.
  • Police warn “be safe rather than sorry” as annual drink-driving campaign launched (0) 4 December, 2012 Thames Valley Police have launched their campaign against drink and drug driving which will run until 1 January 2013. Party-goers are being warned to think before they consider having a drink and getting behind the wheel during the festive period. Last year over 5% of breath tests resulted in an arrest.
  • Campaign for victims of hate crime to come forward (0) 3 December, 2012 Thames Valley Police is supporting the Local Council and Stop Hate UK’s campaign to encourage victims and witnesses of hate crime to come forward.
  • Men arrested after violent robbery in Brands Hill takeaway (0) 1 December, 2012 TWO men have been arrested following a robbery at a takeaway restaurant. A man walked into New Ocean Takeaway in Cherwell Close, Westfield Estate, with a metal bar and threatened two female staff members, before grabbing a cash box.
  • ‘Boundary Commission is barking mad’ – councillors vow to unite against proposals (1) 29 November, 2012 The Boundary Commission for England has been labelled 'barking mad' as councillors vowed to unite against the proposals, while Cllr James Swindlehurst has claimed: "It's a dog's breakfast. We are on top of opposing this in the strongest possible terms."
  • Young people’s centre to close in overhaul of youth services (3) 29 November, 2012 A FAILING young people's centre and youth bus service are set to be scrapped in an overhaul of services to reach more children in their communities and save £250,000.
  • Parish to hold emergency meeting to discuss ease of planning rules (0) 29 November, 2012 Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council will hold a rare Emergency Meeting on Tuesday 4th December to discuss the impact of the new planning regime. A six week consultation by the Department for Communities and Local Government ends on 24 December 2012.
  • Are your family and friends signed up to Thames Valley Alerts? (0) 29 November, 2012 We live in a world of mass communication, being fed information which is usually neither relevant to us nor wanted. With Thames Valley Alerts this couldn’t be further from the truth. Thames Valley Police not only promote a flow of localised information between the police and community; we actively encourage it.
  • CCA to hold consultation on moving to Spelthorne (5) 28 November, 2012 The CCA are asking what residents and local businesses think of the proposals, and whether the Commission's justification that the "good transport links" to Staines make it logical. It wants to know whether residents are concerned that the split of local/parliamentary representation will continue for another generation. The Boundary Commission consultation closes on 10th December 2012 and the CCA will be submitting a response based on the feedback received by Sunday 9th November.
  • Consultation until December 14th on Datchet travellers’ site (0) 28 November, 2012 A plot to house travellers has been named as a council seeks residents' views. Letters were sent out to households in Datchet proposing a consultation on using land in Mill Place, Datchet, as the home for additional pitches needed in the Royal Borough to provide accommodation for gypsies and travellers.
  • Banjo Bob & Jango Jeff: live music at the Star & Garter this Friday (0) 27 November, 2012 There's more live music coming to the Star & Garter pub this weekend. Promising guitars, mandolins, banjos, tin whistles and more, Banjo Bob & Jango Jeff will be playing on Friday 30th November.
  • New approach to reporting fraud and internet crime hopes to launch shortly (0) 26 November, 2012 From 3 December 2012, all reports of fraud in the Thames Valley will be recorded by Action Fraud and individual police forces in the south east will no longer take any fraud reports. They will now be recorded centrally by Action Fraud.
  • Heathrow’s bid for Princes Club land sparks HACAN fears for FOURTH runway (1) 25 November, 2012 Heathrow Airport Holdings Ltd, formerly BAA, confirmed Monday it has submitted a bid for the Princes Club watersports centre in Bedfont, sparking fears from HACAN Clear Skies for a FOURTH runway.
  • Heathrow backtracks on two major extensions to Operational Freedom dual use runway trials (2) 24 November, 2012 Complaints are up since the start of the Operational Freedom trials, but there is some good news: Heathrow Airport has backtracked on two major extensions to the trial: re-directing departing aircraft, and landing inbound aircraft without holding.
  • Anti Bullying Week comes to a close (1) 23 November, 2012 Thames Valley Police has taken part in activities to promote National Anti-Bullying Week in Slough. Two events have taken place to educate year 6 at The Priory School Orchard Avenue, Slough on Cyber Bullying. This included the children learning to be safe on the internet, what to do if they are a victim of Cyber Bullying, and the consequences.
  • Hilton helps Colnbrook C of E raise money for Children in Need (0) 23 November, 2012 Children at Colnbrook primary school benefitted from a visit from two Hilton staff last Wednesday who helped them raise money for BBC Children in Need.
  • Festive celebration for Slough’s Christmas lights switch-on (0) 23 November, 2012 Fireworks filled the sky as hundreds gathered in Slough town square to see the switching on of the Christmas lights yesterday. Visitors from as far away as Essex, Liverpool, Spain and even Greece attended the Slough Express sponsored event which saw a live band, dancers and school choir perform.
  • Box office open for CAST’s production of Aladdin at Colnbrook Village Hall (0) 23 November, 2012 The fantastic CAST and CAST Academy will be performing Aladdin for this year's Christmas pantomime, to be staged at Colnbrook Village Hall. Performances will run from 30th November to 8th December.
  • One Hub or None: Heathrow rejects dual, split, point-to-point and regional alternatives! (0) 21 November, 2012 The relentless Heathrow Media Centre has released another report to advance the case of further expansion. It has published new research from Frontier Economics showing the lack of capacity at Heathrow airport is already costing the UK up to £14bn a year in lost trade and this figure could rise to £26bn a year by 2030.
  • Iconic Concorde model gets a new life in museum near Heathrow (0) 21 November, 2012 A huge model of Concorde which stood at the entrance to Heathrow for nearly 20 years has been restored and placed at Brooklands Museum in Surrey. It will be unveiled on 22 November in its new position at the entrance to the museum.
  • Planning: Brook and Future House redevelopment Approved (0) 21 November, 2012 The demolition and redevelopment of Brook and Future House on the Poyle Industrial Estate look set to go ahead now following yesterday's approval of Outline Planning permission.
  • Funding sought to document A Tale of Two Villages (0) 21 November, 2012 A joint venture between Iver and Colnbrook is seeking funding to document the long association of the two villages. The intention is to encourage the youth of both villages to engage with elder villagers and build a chronological record from people’s memories.
  • Opportunity to “Chat” about PCSOs deferred to January (0) 21 November, 2012 Continued funding for the PCSOs from the Parish will be the subject of the next "Village Chat", now deferred to January.
  • £5000 contract for Christmas lights confirmed (1) 21 November, 2012 The Parish Council has given the go ahead to a three-year rental of new festive lights commencing this Christmas at a cost of £5,040.
  • TGM Staines-Colnbrook-Langley bus service still on the cards (2) 21 November, 2012 At the Parish Council meeting on Tuesday 6th November, it was reported that the mooted bus service from TGM is still on the cards. TGM had advised that they initially intend providing a twice-daily service in both directions and would gauge the popularity and the use of the service.
  • MacTaggart blasts government for low voter turnout in Slough Police Commissioner election (1) 21 November, 2012 Slough's low voter turn-out in the police and crime commissioner elections was the fault of the Government, says the town's MP. Ms Mactaggart said: "The lack of interest in voting in these elections was a reflection of the failure of this flagship Conservative policy to impress people in our town."
  • Anyone up for a parkrun this coming Saturday at Upton Court Park? (0) 20 November, 2012 parkrun, which organises free, weekly, 5km timed runs around the world, is coming to Slough this Saturday at 9am at Upton Court Park, Slough. parkrun's events take place in pleasant parkland surroundings and they encourage people of every ability to take part from beginners to Olympians.
  • Three weeks left to give your views on moving Colnbrook to Spelthorne (15) 20 November, 2012 An eight week consultation into moving Colnbrook from Adam Afriye's Windsor constituency to a new cross-county constituency of Spelthorne is entering its final stages, with overwhelming support in favour of a move expressed in submissions to the Boundary Commission so far.
  • Official figures confirm lower votes recorded in Parish By-election (0) 20 November, 2012 The delayed release of official election results from Slough Borough Council confirms that only 613 residents turned out to vote in last Thursday's election.
  • Get in the community spirit over lunch (2) 18 November, 2012 A community Christmas Lunch is being held by Colnbrook Residents Association on Sunday, December 9 at the Holiday Inn Express in Brands Hill.
  • Appointment of new councillor labelled ‘absolute farce’ (0) 18 November, 2012 The appointment of a new parish councillor has been described as 'an absolute farce'. Despite two candidates standing, Conservative candidate Yvette Phillips was co-opted on to Iver Parish Council by fellow councillors, because residents failed to request an election.
  • Decisive victory for Labour’s Avtar Cheema, but turnout is abysmal (10) 16 November, 2012 Avtar Cheema has been declared victor in the Parish Council by-election in a decisive result that had seemed too close to call. Campaigning to be a "strong voice" for residents and protect local services she won 44% of the vote. But turnout was lower than even the most pessimistic forecasts at 14%.
  • ELECTION RESULT: Avtar Cheema wins Colnbrook with Poyle parish council by-election (4) 16 November, 2012 LABOUR party candidate Avtar Cheema has won a seat on the Colnbrook with Poyle parish council after winning a by-election.
  • Conservative Anthony Stansfield declared victor in dismal local turnout (3) 16 November, 2012 THE winner of the first ever police commissioner election is Conservative Anthony Stansfeld, but only 10.9% of those eligible bothered to vote in Slough. Independent Geoff Howard finished third, Lib Dem John Howson was fourth, UKIP's Barry Cooper fifth and independent Patience Tayo Awe sixth.
  • Early election results give Conservatives a clear lead … but it’s on to the second count! (20) 16 November, 2012 No, NOT the hotly anticipated Parish By-Election result! All 16 areas in Thames Valley have declared their results for the Police Crime Commissioners election, with the Conservatives taking the lead in twelve out of sixteen. The count will now go to the second stage as no candidate has won 50%.
  • Licensing Committee gives go-ahead to Indian curries in Gibtel car park (27) 14 November, 2012 Plans to sell hot Indian curries from a car park in Colnbrook have been given the go-ahead despite creating a spicy reaction.
  • Council invites residents to new forum to help shape services in challenging times (0) 14 November, 2012 Slough Borough Council has introduced a new forum to encourage residents to help shape the services it provides. The first Slough Area Panel for Slough East will take place on Wednesday 28th November.
  • Who will get your vote on Thursday? (39) 13 November, 2012
  • Bring your kids for a Family Tree Planting in Crown Meadow on Sunday (6) 13 November, 2012
  • CCA and Youth Support Services want to know what young people think (0) 13 November, 2012 The CCA is assisting Slough's Youth Support Services who are appealing for feedback on current services. Young people in the area are asking them to complete a short survey. Time is short - responses are required by Monday 19th November!
  • Anybody remember the Home Guard in Colnbrook? (0) 13 November, 2012 Any long term residents out there recall the Home Guard or a Wheatley House in Colnbrook? If so, Sheena Rosser would be really pleased to hear from you!
  • Travel industry survey backs third Heathrow runway in preference to Thames Estuary (2) 12 November, 2012 New support for a third runway at Heathrow, with a firm rejection of a new Thames Estuary airport, has come from members of the global travel industry meeting in London. 34% chose a third Heathrow runway as the preferred option, compared to 20% for a new Thames Estuary airport.
  • £££s to be won at the big Slough Christmas Lights Switch-on! (0) 12 November, 2012 Residents can kick off the Christmas period in style with the chance of winning hundreds of pounds of prizes at the council’s Christmas lights switch on event. The big day is Thursday 22 November 2012, From 3.30pm Town Square, High Street, Slough. Switch-on and fireworks at 8:30pm!
  • Parish precept set to remain at £93,450 (3) 12 November, 2012 September's meeting of the Parish Council's Finance & Policy Committee held at Colnbrook Village Hall recommended that the Parish Precent remain unchanged on last year at £93,450.
  • “An historic moment in time” just in time for Christmas: Parish publishes souvenir of Royal visit (0) 12 November, 2012 Just in time to make a Christmas stocking filler for those passionate about everything Colnbrook, the Parish Council has published a souvenir book to commemorate the unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Clock in May. Orders can be placed - at £10 per copy - at Pippins and Colnbrook C of E Primary Schools, from Colnbrook Pharmacy, or by phoning 01753 682395.
  • Alcohol Awareness Week 2012: It’s time to talk about drinking, 19-23 November (0) 12 November, 2012 Alcohol Awareness Week runs from 19th-23rd November and Slough DAAT are supporting Alcohol Concern who has set the theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2012: ‘It’s time to talk about drinking’. People love to talk about drinking – but are we having the right kind of conversation?
  • BBC Children in Need’s Rickshaw Challenge in Poyle on Friday (1) 12 November, 2012 BBC One's The One Show is holding another Rickshaw Challenge in aid of Children in Need and the final leg of the 400 mile journey is set to pass through Poyle on Friday. The team will pass along Stanwell Road and Horton Road, before crossing the motorway to continue along Airport Way.
  • Gibtel Lodge fast food van to be considered by Licensing Monday (0) 11 November, 2012 A deferred street trading application located on the Gibtel Cafe Car Park will be considered at a Slough Borough Council licensing meeting on Monday at The Centre in Farnham Road.
  • Noisy demonstration at Colnbrook and Harmondsworth follows 17th immigration death (0) 11 November, 2012 Around a dozen people turned up last Tuesday for a protest outside Harmondsworth and Colnbrook Detention Centres, walking down the roadway between the two prisons. They stopped and displayed their banner and used a megaphone to let the detainees know that they were there and aware of the killing that had taken place, and read out a phone number that detainees could use to contact them.
  • Charities Commission issues new tools to help Trustees (1) 11 November, 2012 The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today published new online tools for newly appointed trustees. An online Trustees Handbook aims to help charities ensure a smooth handover between departing and newly appointed trustees.
  • Call for Better Support for Community Halls (1) 11 November, 2012 Rural communities in Berkshire could lose a vital part of their livelihood unless a better and more sustainable way is found to support volunteers who run community and village halls, says an independent charity. Although the 100+ halls across Berkshire provide an essential hub for community activity, committee members are struggling with red tape, loss of funding and increasing needs.
  • Doorstep Selling advice for over 70s available (0) 11 November, 2012 Following the success of the Doorstep Selling activity in July, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT), the Trading Standards Institute (TSI), Citizens Advice and Action Fraud are working together to empower consumers to stay safe when a trader calls.
  • Stories wanted for BBC One “Robbed Raided Reunited” (0) 11 November, 2012 The producers of BBC One's Robbed Raided Reunited are interested in hearing accounts of how Neighborhood Watch and Home Watch have been pivotal in bringing criminals to justice, or helped to reunite victims of crime with stolen goods.
  • Apple’s Passbook lands at Heathrow (0) 11 November, 2012 Heathrow today announced a partnership between Apple’s Passbook and the airport’s WorldPoints passenger rewards programme. The move, a first in a European multi-retailer environment, will soon allow passengers to store their Heathrow loyalty card and access current retail offers and coupons all in one place.
  • AVTAR KAUR CHEEMA: for a strong voice and protection of local services (4) 11 November, 2012 Avtar Kaur Cheema, Labour's candidate in the Parish election will be a strong voice for residents if elected to the Parish Council. Avtar is a Colnbrook resident of 27 years, and will protect services; ensure the Parish Council delivers; protect police patrols; tackle anti-social behaviour; and fight SIFE.
  • “You didn’t do it alone, Mike, don’t forgot those Old Hands who made the Village Hall!” (2) 10 November, 2012 Colnbrook Views has been asked to publish an open letter to former Parish Councillor and Chairman of the Village Hall Trust, Mike Rayner: "I would like to remind Mr Rayner whist he is 'blowing his own trumpet' so to speak that he has somewhat forgotten that he did not do this alone."
  • KEITH FRANKLIN: stop the decline and restore common sense! (23) 10 November, 2012 Keith Franklin wants to reverse the rapid decline he has witnessed since moving to Colnbrook in 1990. Standing for UKIP in next week's by-election, he believes the demise of common sense and the policies of a distant Brussels bureaucracy with little understanding of our way of life are partly to blame.
  • ANDRE BRENNER: committed to listen, serve and support (9) 8 November, 2012 Andre Brenner commits to give Colnbrook a voice again. In his manifesto for next week's by-election he says it is time to see Colnbrook, Poyle and Westfield flourish again, restore village life and the attributes the village has lost, and recreate a community spirit. Andre has lived in the village with his family since 1993 and promises an approachable and accountable Parish Council if elected.
  • Johal successor (Johal!) promises to be a good neighbour (2) 8 November, 2012 Months of speculation over the former Johals Scrapyard may be coming to an end. Colnbrook Views has learnt that the site has been acquired by a coach operator ... called Johal. But don't be too quick to panic ... he is unrelated and going to great lengths to demonstrate he is a good neighbour.
  • Thermal imagery will tackle Slough’s “Beds in Sheds” problem (0) 8 November, 2012 Aerial thermal imagery cameras could be used to identify 'beds in sheds' in Slough. Slough Borough Council has been invited to pilot a new 'excess cold assessment tool' from early December and an 'Aerial Thermal Imagery Service' has also been requested.
  • Forestry Commission confirms Ash Dieback found in Berkshire (0) 8 November, 2012 In a worrying development the Forestry Commission has confirmed that a case of ash dieback disease has been found on a tree in Berkshire. The devastating fungus, which kills ash, has been spreading across the country from East Anglia and this week the Forestry Commission has been carrying out random surveys across the country.
  • 10,000 flock to fireworks spectacular as Upton Court display declared “best in 15 years”! (1) 8 November, 2012 More than 10,000 visitors of all ages flooded into Upton Court Park in Slough to witness a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday. Organiser Kate Pratt, from Slough Borough Council, said: "It was brilliant. I've been part of this event for 15 years and this is definitely the best display we've ever had."
  • Kids travel for free in new Heathrow Express offers (0) 7 November, 2012 Heathrow Express today announced that families and groups can travel for less today as it introduced new online deals between Heathrow and Paddington. Kids will now travel for free.
  • Parishioners at a Datchet church to raise the roof with 700 hymns (0) 7 November, 2012 St Mary's Church, Datchet, sister church of our own St Thomas' Church, is preparing to raise the roof with a musical marathon as its three-year, £300,000 fundraising campaign draws to a close. Parishioners will take on a 31-hour sing-a-thon challenge, performing all the hymns and music in The New English Hymnal.
  • Colnbrook petrol thief to be sentenced tomorrow (0) 5 November, 2012 Sentencing awaits a 32-year-old woman who has admitted stealing more than £140 worth of unleaded fuel from four different petrol stations, twice in Colnbrook. Charmaine Reed, of Windsor, will be sentenced at Reading Magistrates' Court tomorrow.
  • Poyle food company scoops prestigious award for environmental leadership (0) 1 November, 2012 Poyle food company Adelie's 'field to fork' ethical agenda has helped it to win a prestigious environmental leadership award at an event in London last week hosted by the Food and Drink Federation.
  • 12 Colnbrook businesses ALREADY signed up to ‘Safe Place’ scheme to help vulnerable people (0) 1 November, 2012 A new scheme to help vulnerable people when they are out and about in Slough has been launched. The Safe Place scheme has been set up following consultation between local community groups and businesses.
  • Where to see the best fireworks and bonfires across East Berkshire this weekend! (0) 1 November, 2012 There may not be many fireworks displays and bonfires in Colnbrook this weekend but a number of events for all the family are being held across east Berkshire in Maidenhead, Twyford, Ascot, Datchet and Slough. Send your photographs to moderator@colnbrook.info!
  • Bus from yesteryear relieves the morning commute! (2) 1 November, 2012 Bus users in Poyle were yesterday treated to a taste of the past when a 60 year old RT bus ran the 305 Route from Poyle to Staines.
  • Halloween Party at the Star & Garter! (2) 31 October, 2012 Wednesday 31st October from 8.30 pm Wednesday 31st October from 8.30 pm Fancy dress optional Live music with JON WILSON
  • Iver Heath councillor resigns after by-election complaint (0) 31 October, 2012 A councillor in neighbouring Iver is resigning from the Conservative party following a complaint made to the Beaconsfield Conservatives Council Association by the Iver Conservatives over his 'involvement' in an Iver Heath by-election.
  • More comedy, new menu, longer opening times for The Ostrich this Winter (0) 31 October, 2012 The Ostrich's Screaming Blue Murder Comedy nights have been so popular for the last couple of months that we they have decided to feature an extra date in December to coincide with the Christmas party season! They have also announced a new festive menu and longer Winter opening times will take effect.
  • Council chiefs make surprise u-turn to reopen deputy mayor bullying probe (0) 31 October, 2012 Allegations the deputy mayor threatened a gym worker are set to be investigated again after council chiefs made a surprise U-turn. Slough Borough Council's standards committee was asked to investigate claims councillor Balvinder Bains stormed into Montem Leisure Centre, in Slough, in May and used his position to verbally abuse a worker.
  • Thames Valley to provide extra support to counter 5-year Halloween crime peek (1) 31 October, 2012 Last Halloween saw more crimes than any day of the year, and a five year high. This year there will be extra PCSOs, Special Constables and police officers on late shifts to act as a visible deterrent to crime or anti-social behaviour. They have also issued guidelines for Trick or Treaters.
  • Funding-hit senior citizens group holds its AGM (0) 28 October, 2012 A bumper turnout headed along to Slough Senior Citizens Group's AGM.  The funding-hit community group held the meeting at Brook House in Spackmans Way, Chalvey, on Wednesday.
  • Government resorts to X-Factor to fight voter disinterest in Police Commissioner election (0) 28 October, 2012 With the Electoral Reform Society predicting voter turnout for the election of Police Commissioners is likely to be as little as 18.5%, and the Government's refusal to fund mailshots leaving voters not knowing who is standing, we provide a quick round-up of the six candidates standing in the Thames Valley area.
  • Poyle development still on the cards (0) 26 October, 2012 The Planning Committee left open the possibility of the redevelopment of Brook and Future House in Poyle Industrial Esate at its monthly meeting on the 17th, acknowledging that the change of use is in line with the Local Plan and paving the way for the vacant brownfield site to be brought back into productive use.
  • Slough plans multi-faith, multi-cultural Festival Celebration this November 11th (0) 26 October, 2012 October and November see many religious and cultural celebrations such as Eid, Remembrance day, Polish Independence Day, Diwali, Harvest Festival, Halloween and All Saints Day to name but a few. This year Community Services will hold an event to combine them all on Sunday 11th November 2012.
  • Give a Neighbourhood Watch handbag alarm this Christmas! (0) 26 October, 2012 Thames Valley Neighbourhood Watch Association are offering a new range of purse and handbag alarms to warn the owner's during the busy shopping season in the event theirs takes a walk!
  • Too many charity trustees still ‘fail to understand their duties’ (4) 26 October, 2012 The Charities Commission says trustee mistakes are behind the majority of its case work. In its report published today it says over half of the investigations completed by the Charity Commission in 2011-12 involved "basic failures of trusteeship".
  • Council to suspend green waste collections for three months during winter (4) 26 October, 2012 Garden waste collections in Colnbrook will be suspended for three months during winter. Staff will be delegated to other jobs.
  • Where to find the best apples in Berkshire (0) 24 October, 2012 In advance of neighbouring Iver’s annual Apple Day last week the Slough Express’s Lara Cory last week published a little snippet of local history. What better way to celebrate National Apple Day on Saturday, than to find out about Berkshire’s rich heritage in apple growing. The most famous apple in the world was raised in Colnbrook by ...
  • FIVE candidates declared for By-Election! (4) 23 October, 2012 So while Colnbrook Views brought you unofficial news on Saturday of four candidates standing for Parish Council a FIFTH has now declared! With nominations now closed and confirmed by the returning office, the full list has now been published. Colnbrook looks set for an exciting five way contest on November 15th.
  • James Walsh makes shortlist to fight for parliamentary seat (0) 22 October, 2012 Popular local figure Cllr James Walsh has been chosen as one of five candidates to fight for the Reading East seat at the next General Election.
  • Changes to neighbourhood policing areas will ensure officers on street seven days a week (1) 22 October, 2012 A merging of neighbourhood policing areas will 'improve the resilience' of the force - ensuring officers are on the streets seven days a week according to Thames Police.
  • Chargrilled food off the menu in Colnbrook after van refused (3) 22 October, 2012 A controversial application for a takeaway van outside the Tantric Blue gentlemen's club has been rejected due to concerns about lorry drivers urinating, defecating, and leaving litter in the lay-bys on the Colnbrook By-Pass.
  • Candidates announced for Thames Valley Police Commissioners (0) 22 October, 2012 Candidates for the Thames Valley Police crime commissioner role (PCC) have been officially announced. Voting will take place on Thursday, November 15 and information on all the candidates will be available on the police website from Friday
  • James Walsh: New four-runway airport covering Colnbrook “would make village unfeasible” (0) 20 October, 2012 A leading think tank has suggested a new four-runway airport should be built to the west of Heathrow which would cover parts of Colnbrook and Poyle. Cllr James Walsh has led the attack, claiming the plans would make the village "unfeasible".
  • A Festival Celebration, Sunday 11th November 2012 (1) 20 October, 2012 A Festival Celebration
  • André Brenner declares candidacy (1) 20 October, 2012 Local businessman André Brenner is the first to declare his candidacy for the forthcoming Parish by-election.
  • Mike Rayner: Don’t just grin and bear aircraft noise, make your voice heard! (7) 19 October, 2012 Anything 'airport' linked can run almost 24/7 and is by far the most intrusive 24/365 activity! Now the industry is looking to erode even more of the few chances granted to us for 'a bit of quiet'. Mike Rayner explains the Flight Path Trials and how you can make your voice heard above the noise.
  • Heathrow expansion over Poyle branded “silliest suggestion yet” (1) 19 October, 2012 Horton and Wraysbury councillor John Lenton has claimed the proposal to expand Heathrow west "would completely obliterate Horton, Colnbrook and Poyle and parts of Wraysbury and would be built over the busiest stretch of motorway this side of the Atlantic."
  • 4 nominations for Parish Council: we WILL have a by-election! (1) 19 October, 2012 Unconfirmed reports indicate that FOUR candidates have been nominated to stand for Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council.
  • Upton Park to host Slough Bonfire and Firework spectacular! (0) 18 October, 2012 Slough’s bonfire and firework spectacular is back on Saturday 3 November and everyone is invited. The annual event will be held once again at Upton Court Park with a forty foot bonfire and more than 20 minutes of fireworks.
  • Plan to move Colnbrook to Surrey is “disrespectful to Slough” says MP (4) 18 October, 2012 Slough MP has complained that draft proposals from the Boundary Commission that include moving Colnbrook with Poyle from Adam Afriye's Windsor constituency to a new cross-county constituency are "disrespectful" to Slough.
  • Steam train trips from Slough to Christmas markets (0) 17 October, 2012 Steam enthusiasts in the Slough area are in for a treat this winter. They will have the chance to visit two Christmas markets direct by steam train.
  • Electoral register for Slough published (0) 17 October, 2012 The 2013 electoral register for the borough of Slough has now been published. It contains 96,479 electors representing 89.3 per cent of the electorate.
  • Now get the latest security advice on Twitter, YouTube and Facebook (0) 16 October, 2012 People across the Thames Valley can pick up security advice from one of the Thames Valley Police Twitter sites; watch a video on YouTube about the importance of not leaving their house in the dark; or receive a letter from their neighbourhood team informing you of patrols in your area.
  • By-Pass Food Vans to go before Planning next week (0) 12 October, 2012 Proposals for a burger van in the car park of the Tantric Blue club, to open from 6 am - 3 pm, and a van serving Indian food in the car park of Gibtel Lodge, from 4 -11 pm - both on the Colnbrook By-Pass - will be debated by the Planning Committee next week.
  • Thames Valley: Action always beats re-action as the dark nights approach (0) 11 October, 2012 As the dark nights approach and the clocks go back on 28th October we all need to try and prevent or reduce the traditional increase we get in house burglaries at this time of year.
  • Honda provide master class in ‘pursuing their dreams’ for Cippenham kids (0) 11 October, 2012 Pupils from The Westgate School, Cippenham, were given a master class into 'pursuing their dreams' at Honda UK's head office, in London Road, Slough, on Thursday and Friday, last week.
  • Firefighters rescue man from Brands Hill crash (0) 11 October, 2012 Firefighters cut off the roof to free a man from his crashed car in Brands Hill on Wednesday night.
  • ‘Topping out’ ceremony marks final stage of construction for new Heathrow terminal (0) 10 October, 2012 Heathrow is another step closer to transforming passenger experience with the ‘topping out’ ceremony of Terminal 2’s satellite pier, known as T2B. 20 million passengers a year are expected to use the new £2.5bn terminal when it opens in 2014.
  • Terminal 2 redevelopment recognised for sustainable energy achievements (0) 9 October, 2012 Heathrow has secured a prestigious award for ‘Best Contribution to Corporate Responsibility’ from The Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (CIPS) for the Terminal 2 development.
  • Finding new Trustees – what charities need to know (0) 7 October, 2012 The Charities Commission has issued new advice on how to recruit, select, appoint and induct trustees.
  • November 15th named as Election Day (2) 5 October, 2012 Slough Borough Council has confirmed there is sufficient local interest to call a bi-election for the vacant seat on the Parish Council and has opted to co-incide the date with the election for Police Commissioner on Thursday, November 15th. Nominations must be received by 5pm, Wednesday 31st October.
  • Parish by-election looks set to go ahead! (0) 4 October, 2012 The by-election for Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council like it has passed its first hurdle if a straw poll by Colnbrook Views proves to be accurate. An election within the next sixty days could be on the cards.
  • St Albans Council: “Conjoined Inquiry is both appropriate and necessary” (2) 4 October, 2012 St Albans Council has welcomed Eric Pickle's proposal to reopen the Public Inquiry into the Radlett SRFI, claiming that a new Inquiry conjoined with that for SIFE would allow the Council to demonstrate that "the Colnbrook proposal would cause less harm to the Green Belt".
  • Council will fight Government on “laughable” beds in sheds policy (0) 4 October, 2012 Slough Borough Council has blasted Government plans announced last month to relax planning rules as 'laughable' amid fears they would allow unscrupulous landlords to get away with putting more 'beds in sheds'
  • Colnbrook mother seeks celebrity support for national day of remembrance (0) 4 October, 2012 Madhu Bedi, from Colnbrook, is trying to enlist celebrity support for her campaign for a national day of remembrance for stillborn and miscarried babies.
  • Slough Borough Council: if we took Council Tax early we’ll refund charges (2) 4 October, 2012 Slough Borough Council has told 13,000 residents whose Council Tax direct debit has been collected a day early to contact them if they have incurred bank charges.
  • Court appearance adjourned for couple after baby death (0) 4 October, 2012 A Colnbrook couple charged in connection with the death of their five-week-old baby have had their court appearance adjourned.
  • Slough unemployment increase bucks national trend (0) 28 September, 2012 THE queue for jobseekers in Slough has got longer for the first time since February. Government figures released on Wednesday show the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in the town is up 61 between July and August to 3,366, which is 3.8% of the working age population.
  • Wraysbury fight on Village Green status extended for a further week of hearings (0) 28 September, 2012 thamesfield wraysbury large A residents action group in neighbouring Wraysbury is fighting to have a large field in the centre of village awarded Village Green status. The Public Inquiry into the matter has been extended to allow a further week of hearings in what, if granted, could also be a positive development for the wider Colne Valley regional park.
  • Parish attempts to block Poyle regeneration bid (0) 27 September, 2012 A local property company has had its bid to redevelop its empty high tech office space in Poyle Industrial Estate for industrial use rebuffed - after failing to let it out for over six years. KUIG Property Investments' hopes of bringing back into use a vacant 1 hectare brownfield site may have been set back - but the proposals are still to be discussed by the Planning Committee.
  • This insidious bullying does not belong in Colnbrook (7) 24 September, 2012 Colnbrook Views doesn't like being the news but the continuing column inches and airtime being devoted locally to Michael Nye's ill-judged comments to the Slough Observer mean it’s prescient to make a formal statement on the matter.
  • A great turnout despite the washout! (1) 23 September, 2012 colnbrook apple fair 2012
  • Apple Fair: still on despite the rain! (2) 23 September, 2012 Today's Apple Fair WILL go ahead as planned despite the inclement weather! The Apple Fair Committee has advised the event will move indoors.
  • Colnbrook Apple Fair – bigger and better than ever! (1) 21 September, 2012 colnbrook apple fair _2012
  • Michael Fabbri headline act as Blue Murder returns to The Ostrich (0) 21 September, 2012 The Ostrich's Screaming Blue Murder Comedy Club returns on Tuesday 2nd October when you will be able to enjoy Michael Fabbri as the headline act, who over the past few years has earnt an enviable reputation as one of the best up-and-coming acts around.
  • The real hub of the village! (2) 19 September, 2012 This website was set up 3 years ago – in November 2009 - when SIFE first reared it's head. Johal was causing outrage and nobody was reaching out to concerned residents bar the indefatigable Jan Bowder in Vicarage Way. What hope would we have to defeat the bigger challenge looming?
  • Joe Loss Orchestra event raises £950! (1) 15 September, 2012 Last Saturday's fundraising dinner dance at Wraysbury Village Hall was a huge success, raising nearly £1,000 for local charities.
  • Parish Council offers prospect of by-election (4) 14 September, 2012 Leslie Jarrett has asked Colnbrook Views to publicise the vacancy for Parish Councillor following Mike Nye's departure just over a week ago. A by-election - Colnbrook's first ever - is a distinct possibility, providing there is a minimum level of interest from the community.
  • Sign the e-petition to stop SIFE! (2) 13 September, 2012 The stopSIFE campaign today launches an e-petition on the Government website with a plea to all residents to sign. Under the revised scheme set up in July 2011 if an e-petition gets at least 100,000 signatures, it will be considered for debate in the House of Commons.
  • Star victorious in Slough darts league (3) 12 September, 2012 The Star & Garter's darts team, formed only a week before the start of the season, have been victorious in their first season in the Slough Summer League.
  • This Apple Fair, rediscover the secrets of 1835 at The Lawns, Bath Road (9) 11 September, 2012 So it was here, where the asphalt is portioned off in white lines, the notice warns "Wheelclamping In Operation 24 Hours", and Heathrow's roaring jumbos rise up abruptly overhead. This is where a minor miracle occurred, and the Cox's orange pippin was born.
  • Nye: “I have been the subject of personal attacks from a pernicious website” (27) 7 September, 2012 Ex-Cllr Mike Nye has launched a blistering attack on Colnbrook Views claiming that he, along with several other Councillors "have been the subject of personal attacks from a pernicious website". The website is named in today's Slough Oberver along with a string of other allegations.
  • Goodman succeed in delaying SIFE Inquiry (4) 7 September, 2012 The Planning Inspectorate has today overturned its previous advice and confirmed that October's Inquiry into the SIFE development WILL be delayed until after a decision on rival site Radlett, giving the clearest indication yet that the Government will ultimately decide on one or other of the two rival sites.
  • By-election looms as Nye steps down from Parish Council (3) 4 September, 2012 Cllr Mike Nye tonight announced he will be stepping down from Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council, sparking what could be hotly contested by-election.
  • Todd Miller & the Joe Loss Orchestra coming to Wraysbury, 8th September (0) 4 September, 2012 Todd Miller & the Joe Loss Orchestra will be performing at Wraysbury Village Hall on September 8th, 2930-2230. Price is £22 including supper. The money raised from the dance will be distributed between MacMillan Nursing, Colnbrook Scouts, St Thomas' Church and Help the Aged.
  • PCSOs at odds with Police figures over 23% jump in Colnbrook crime stats (8) 25 August, 2012 Colnbrook crime has surged over 23% in six months according to official figures, at odds with claims made by Police Community Support Officers. The figures are now being pointed at as evidence that the £33,000 cost the village directly bears over and above other parts of Slough is not value for money.
  • Head suspended on allegations of bullying (14) 25 August, 2012 Sources close to Governors of Colnbrook Church of England school have indicated to Colnbrook Views that head teacher Janice Brown has been suspended with immediate effect after complaints of bullying from parents and staff.
  • Goodman lose SIFE adjournment demand (5) 25 August, 2012 The Inspector presiding over the Public Inquiry into the Slough International Freight Exchange has denied Goodman's request for postponement.
  • Have-a-go post office hero gets an award (12) 25 August, 2012 Satinder Battoo, from Colnbrook Post Office, has been commended for his actions during an attempted burglary in January last year. He was presented with an award by the High Sheriff of Berkshire at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday 14th.
  • Dive in … the data’s lovely (0) 23 August, 2012 Loyalty scheme administrator Aimia has chosen to link up with the organisation DataKind to sponsor its first London-based "DataDive" at the end of September. If you know of a charity with potentially valuable raw data to crunch they'd love to hear from you.
  • Freight exchange planning inquiry could be derailed (2) 22 August, 2012 As first revealed on these pages the planning inquiry into controversial plans for a freight exchange in Colnbrook could be derailed before it's started.
  • Return of the Slough Canal Festival (0) 21 August, 2012 The Slough Canal Festival returns this September for two days with a great range of activities and events by the water.
  • Goodman demand adjournment as SIFE pre-Inquiry opens (10) 20 August, 2012 In a surprise move developer Goodman today demanded an indefinite postponement of the Public Inquiry into SIFE, insisting that the long-awaited appeal decision into the Radlett Aerodrome site by the Government should come first. The Planning Inspectorate will decide by the end of the week.
  • Performing parks recognised for excellence (0) 18 August, 2012 Colnbrook Recreation Ground has been awarded with the prestigious Green Flag award, thanks to funding from the Colnbrook Community Partnership - the organisation that spends the money that big business "donates" for polluting it. A celebration will take place on Saturday 1 September 2012.
  • Freight exchange battle continues (3) 17 August, 2012 Ahead of the pre-inquiry meeting into the Slough International Freight Exchange on Monday, Cllrs Dexter Smith and Mike Nye have called on the community 'to let the inspector know the strength of feeling against it'.
  • Walsh urges residents to attend SIFE pre-Inquiry meeting (0) 16 August, 2012 Ward Councillor James Walsh is appealing to residents to turn up to the first "pre-Inquiry" meeting ahead of the forthcoming SIFE appeal on August 20th to show the strength of feeling in Colnbrook against Goodman's Strategic Rail Freight Interchange project.
  • Thames Valley deploy rap to combat serious youth violence (0) 13 August, 2012 In an attempt to engage with young people, through, targetted peer-to-peer communication, Thames Valley Police has been working with volunteers to release the thought-provoking rap single, ‘An Eye for an Eye.’
  • Calling all women to run in the Windsor 8K … Saturday 6th October (13) 13 August, 2012 Berkshire East & South Bucks Women's Aid are inviting local women to join in their Windsor 8K run on Saturday 6th October through Windsor Great Park.
  • Download Slough’s guide to Opportunities for Young People (0) 12 August, 2012 Slough Borough Council has published its latest Opportunities for Young People in Slough bulletin containing courses, local apprenticeships, "active" opportunities, self-development programmes and local employment opportunities.
  • Colnbrook targeted for Super Fast Broadband by 2015! (0) 2 August, 2012 Slough Borough Council is matching a £1.43m Government investment to provide "super fast" broadband to Colnbrook due to its weak infrastructure. Residents are being asked to register their interest online to show service providers there is a demand.
  • Going away for the holidays? Don’t forget to take precautions … (0) 2 August, 2012 Thames Valley Police have provided some useful crime prevention advice if you're leaving your home for a summer holiday.
  • Rail schemes compete to tunnel under Colnbrook (6) 29 July, 2012 Confusion reigns following the Government's £500m contribution towards a western rail link to Heathrow this week. According to the privately funded Windsor Link Railway, no final decision has been taken on which - of several competing schemes - will be adopted.
  • Youth Club now open for applications! (0) 28 July, 2012 Colnbrook's new youth club, a.k.a. "The Hut" is now open for membership applications, according to Charles Burke, Secretary of the Colnbrook Community Association.
  • Secretary of State for Transport pledges £500 million funding for Western Rail Access to Heathrow (0) 13 July, 2012 The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP yesterday (12th July 2012) pledged up to £500 million of funding for Western Rail Access to Heathrow, giving the project a huge boost.
  • McArdle thank their Jubilee Clock team (0) 11 July, 2012 McArdle Deputy Managing Director Nick Roper has thanked his team for their contribution to the Diamond Jubilee Clock unveiled last month.
  • Illegal rave shut down in Poyle (1) 10 July, 2012 In an unusual development in sleepy Colnbrook, Thames Valley acted this weekend to shut down an illegal rave at a disused warehouse in Willow Road, Poyle.
  • Take a bow, Leslie Jarrett, hero of the hour at the Jubilee Clock unveiling! (3) 1 July, 2012 Relive the excitement of Camilla's historic unveiling of Colnbrook's Diamond Jubilee Clock on Friday. This brief video newly published on YouTube shows Cllr Leslie Jarrett, our unsung hero, as he wrests success from the claws of disaster. Colnbook salutes you sir!
  • Crowds throng to see Camilla unveil Colnbrook’s Jubilee Clock (2) 29 June, 2012 HRH the Duchess of Cornwall's historic visit to Colnbrook went nearly perfectly earlier today as the crowds thronged to the High Street for the grand unveiling of the Diamond Jubilee Clock. camilla
  • Colnbrook waits … (0) 29 June, 2012 Colnbrook waits
  • First glimpse of the Jubilee Clock … (1) 27 June, 2012 First glimpse of the Diamond Jubilee Clock
  • Proposed Red Lion takeaway will turn area into ‘third world country’ (0) 21 June, 2012 A Parish councillor has warned that the construction of a takeaway restaurant on the site of the empty Red Lion would turn the area into a "third world country".
  • Camilla to unveil Jubilee Clock on 29th June! (1) 17 June, 2012 It's official. HRH the Duchess of Cornwall will be unveiling the long anticipated Diamond Jubilee Clock at a ceremony in the centre of Colnbrook High Street on Friday, 29th June 2012. The historic occasion will kick off with a ceremony that will include local schools and will be followed by the Amnesty Day and Jubilee Party at the George the following day in support of Help for Heroes.
  • Record number take part in The Big Lunch 2012! (0) 8 June, 2012 The Big Lunch has said a big thank you to everyone who helped to make this year's street parties across the country a massive success according to the CCA.
  • Amnesty Day & Jubilee Party at Ye Olde George – 30th June (0) 7 June, 2012 Colnbrook's month-long Jubilee celebration continues on Saturday 30th when The George holds a combined Amnesty Day Celebration & Jubilee Street Party. Members of the armed forces and their vehicles will be on hand in an event being held in support of Help for Heroes.
  • Datchet brings out the crowds for Jubilee Street Party (0) 3 June, 2012 Never to be out done the crowds thronged to Datchet for a Jubilee Street Party on the village green yesterday. The Royal British Legion and Datchet Parish Council who jointly organised the event must have been thrilled with the turnout.
  • Rain wont dampen spirit of Ostrich Jubilee Party … now indoors! (0) 3 June, 2012 The Ostrich Jubilee Street Party WILL go ahead despite the rain! The drenching the entire country has received overnight will not do nothing to dampen the party atmosphere ... but the celebrations will move indoors - including a live broadcast of the Jubilee Pageant!
  • Groundwork completed for Jubilee Clock: countdown begins to Colnbrook’s royal visit (1) 1 June, 2012 Groundworks have been completed for the Jubilee Clock and bollards surrounding the site repainted in preparation for the installation. The countdown to Colnbrook's royal visit begins.
  • Colnbrook’s Jubilee Extravaganza get’s even better! (0) 28 May, 2012 Colnbrook's Jubilee Events
  • It’s Battle of the Bands at Ostrich Jubilee Party! (0) 28 May, 2012 The Ostrich's Philippe De Azevedo has confirmed the pub's Jubilee Celebration will now include a Battle of the Bands! For the kids there will be a themed fancy dress, face painting, competitions, and, YES! after all, a bouncy castle! For the adults, of course, live music all afternoon and a bonfire in the evening (weather permitting), plus a "proper" barbecue with "proper" coal and homemade burgers.
  • ‘Forget Third Runway, turn it into Heathrow Garden City’: former Government Advisor (3) 28 May, 2012 Heathrow’s runways and terminals should be bulldozed to make way for a “garden city”, says a new report to be published tomorrow. Former government adviser Graeme Bell said it was time to “reinvent” the site that is increasingly ill-suited to the needs of a modern hub airport.
  • Local businesses and groups get together to give Colnbrook the party of the century! (1) 27 May, 2012 You heard it here first! Colnbrook Views has obtained inside information that June will officially see no less than THREE street parties in honour of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations. Full details are emerging but Colnbrook will now have an extravaganza to rival ANY of the local events planned!
  • Vicarage Way Centre to open Saturdays (1) 27 May, 2012 Vicarage Way Children's Centre and Library will be open every Saturday between 9.30 and 12.00 commencing Saturday, 9th June, according to Anne Evans of Slough Sure Start Service.
  • Colnbrook man commended in Police ceremony (2) 24 May, 2012 'Outstanding contributions' by members of the public and police officers were recognised by Superintendent Richard Humphrey at the second Slough Local Police Area (LPA) Commander’s commendation ceremony, including 21 year old Sean Eckett from Colnbrook.
  • Residents association dissolves as another debates its future (1) 24 May, 2012 A village society in Farnham Common formed to celebrate the Queen's Silver Jubilee has been dissolved in her diamond jubilee year. Meanwhile Langley Neighbourhood Forum contemplates winding itself up in the wake of disinterest from the community.
  • Get ready to elect a local Police Commissioner (1) 24 May, 2012 Get ready to elect a local Police Commissioner. From 15 November 2012, the responsibility for setting priorities will pass from the Thames Valley Police Authority to the new Police and Crime Commissioner chosen by the Thames Valley public.
  • Thames Valley: don’t drop your guard in the warm weather! (1) 22 May, 2012 During this warm weather period, Thames Valley Police is urging people to protect themselves from burglars by reviewing and improving their garden and shed security to ensure their property is secure and less attractive to thieves.
  • Local haulier joins criticism of M4 shoulder plan (1) 22 May, 2012 Haulier Steve Bowles from Colnbrook has joined a Road Safety charity in criticising a scheme to open part of the hard shoulder of the M4 in Berkshire. Sceptical about the plans. He said: I'm a bit dubious about it. Yes it keeps the traffic moving, but if there's suddenly a breakdown on the hard shoulder or something worse it does lead to a safety issue.
  • Slough officially baby capital of UK! (1) 22 May, 2012 SLOUGH is officially the baby capital of the UK according the Office for National Statistics! The town has been placed at the top of the table in figures released by family history website Genesreunited.co.uk The figures, taken from the Office for National Statistics 2011 census, showed Slough had 20.1 births per 1000 people.
  • Underhand tactics claim in Boundary Commission review (2) 21 May, 2012 A LEADING councillor has issued a stinging response after accusations of underhand tactics in an election boundary review. Opposition councillors who claim deputy leader, Cllr James Swindlehurst of the Labour Group, 'reneged' on an agreement to recommend a cross-party proposal.
  • Lord Foster: Boris Island would give 14 years to plan alternative employment to Heathrow (8) 20 May, 2012 As a resurgent case for the Third Runway gathers momentum, Norman Foster argues that while limited Heathrow expansion would displace 5,000 people and take 12 years to build, a new Thames Estuary hub could be built in just 2 years more - giving 14 years to plan alternative local employment.
  • Gilles Villeneuve remembered (0) 19 May, 2012 Colnbrook in days gone by: "... In those days I was working on an evening paper covering the Thames Valley — including the nondescript town of Colnbrook, then the home of McLaren. Villeneuve had been drafted into the squad on the recommendation of team leader James Hunt ...".
  • Back to BALC: Parish Council to return to the fold following u-turn (2) 19 May, 2012 The Parish Council is considering rejoining the Berkshire Association of Local Councils less than six weeks after withdrawing on cost grounds. It had been criticised for cancelling the £858 professional subscription after splurging out £750 on water crystals for hanging baskets.
  • Plastic Policemen to talk Performance (5) 18 May, 2012 So called "plastic policemen", much criticised during the public session of the of the Parish Council's Annual General Meeting earlier this month, will be given the opportunity to defend themselves at the Village Chat in the Summer.
  • Slough unemployment drops for third month running (1) 18 May, 2012 DOLE queues in Slough have shortened for the third consecutive month. Figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday show there were 3,422 people claiming jobseeker's allowance last month, which is 3.9% of the working age population. The South East average is 2.6%.
  • Drought Order rejected after April drenching (1) 18 May, 2012 Thames Water has ruled out a Drought Order this year in the wake of the heavy rain which drenched the area throughout April and into the opening days of this month. The company is reviewing how the Temporary Use Ban is operating in light of April rainfall at 262% of long term average.
  • Get ready for the Olympic Torch! (0) 17 May, 2012 olympic torch
  • Next CCA Meeting 21st May (4) 16 May, 2012 The next public meeting of the Colnbrook Community Association will take place on Monday 21st May 2012, 7.00 pm, in The Ostrich function room.
  • Dual-use runway trials at Heathrow extended (3) 16 May, 2012 Details of Phase 2 of the Operational Freedoms trial which include dual-use runways were announced by the Government yesterday. Following a recommendation by the CAA, the Minister also confirmed a 6 month extension of Phase 2 which will now run from 1 July 2012 to 31 March 2013.
  • Jubilee Street Party, Comedy Night, Fathers Day … it’s all happening at The Ostrich … (0) 15 May, 2012 A quick note to update you on some of the events happening here at The Ostrich over the next month or so from manager Philippe De Azevedo, including an update on the Jubilee Street Party scheduled for Sunday 3rd June.
  • Sky Ride Local is back for 2012, bigger than ever and coming to Slough! (4) 15 May, 2012 skyridelocal
  • Deadline for SIFE comments 14th June (1) 15 May, 2012 Slough Borough Council have advised that any comments relating to the appeal against SIFE (the Slough International Freight Exchange) should be lodged at the Planning Inspectorate by the 14th June.
  • Should LGBCE recommendation be first step in moving Colnbrook to Windsor? (3) 13 May, 2012 This week's surprising u-turn by the Boundary Commission has emphasised Colnbrook's unique positioning - and isolation - within the Slough borough, igniting further debate on whether the ward would be better aligned with it's parliamentary constituency Windsor & Maidenhead.
  • Armed Forces Parade and Muster in honour of The Queens Diamond Jubilee (0) 13 May, 2012 The Armed Forces Parade and Muster is taking place in Windsor Town Centre on the morning of Saturday, 19th May, to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. It promises to quite an event with a fly past, which will also be broadcast on the BBC !
  • Village Hall claim “disingenuous” say residents behind Charities Commission complaint (15) 12 May, 2012 Colnbrook Village Hall Trust's plea that its breach of Charities Commission rules is due to "the difficulty in attracting new trustees" is "disingenuous" claim the residents behind the recent mismanagement complaint who say offers of assistance have been rejected for years.
  • Next CCA Meeting: Monday 14th May (2) 12 May, 2012 The next committee meeting of the Colnbrook Community Association will take place on Monday 14th May at The Ostrich.
  • SIFE is back! (3) 12 May, 2012 Slough Borough Council has confirmed that last year's decision to reject the huge Slough International Freight Exchange on Colnbrook's Green Belt is being appealed. As expected, developer Goodman, the company behind the 182 acre development on land north of the Colnbrook By-Pass, will appeal the unanimous decision taken by SBC's Planning Committee last September.
  • Nye wins argument for Colnbrook to stay unchanged (3) 11 May, 2012 Cllr Mike Nye has successfully forced the Boundary Commission into a rethink on its earlier recommendations to merge the village into a combined Colnbrook & Langley East ward. Cllr Nye, who has been a resident of Colnbrook for 34 years, argued that Colnbrook's strong community identity, and "passion for protecting our open spaces" was at odds with the densely populated urbanisation of Foxborough. He also urged the LGBCE to consider an electoral registration drive rather than simply redrawing ward boundaries.
  • VIP Coach Park for Olympics set to go ahead (2) 11 May, 2012 The application for a 400-vehicle Coach Park in Poyle Place, Horton Road, for the duration of the Olympic Games, was considered at a planning meeting at The Centre in Farnham Road on Thursday and granted conditional approval subject to confirmation of access details, finalising of conditions and final determination.
  • New advice on suspicious or anti-social behaviour (1) 11 May, 2012 Local "eyes and ears" at Thames Valley Police, Jeffrey Pick, has provided three useful handouts for local residents.
  • Local electoral arrangements for Colnbrook finalised (0) 8 May, 2012 The Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) has published final recommendations on local electoral arrangements for Slough. After it's nine week consultation it has reversed its draft decision to create a new Colnbrook & Langley East ward.
  • So why DIDN’T Colnbrook vote? (5) 7 May, 2012 In view of the comments around Cllr James Walsh's re-election in the face of a particularly low turnout nationally, what do YOU think can be done to generate more interest?
  • Coach Park to be determined Thursday (0) 5 May, 2012 Plans for a temporary VIP coach park in Colnbrook during the Olympics and Paralympics are set to be discussed. The proposals for Poyle Place in Horton Road will be considered at a planning meeting at The Centre in Farnham Road on Thursday.
  • Pippins to offer lucky Colnbrook family an opportunity to go to the Olympics (0) 4 May, 2012 Pippins School, Colnbrook, is holding a competition to give away tickets for one lucky family to go and see an event at the London 2012 Olympics.
  • Corrections and Clarifications – Peter Hood (2) 4 May, 2012 Further to a complaint received regarding "inaccuracies relating to Parish Council Member code of conduct issues" published on Colnbrook Views, from Kevin Gordon, Assistant Director Professional Services of Slough Borough Council, and in discussion with CCA Chair Vicki Brenner, Colnbrook Views would issue a correction to matters reported relating to Cllr Peter Hood.
  • Missing covenant key to local surgery improvements (1) 4 May, 2012 Following the merger of The Orchard and Langley doctors surgeries on 1st April 2012 it transpires that the covenant thought to be in the lease for those premises is not in place. If anybody has historical knowledge of such a covenant they are asked to get in touch with the practice manager at either surgery as a matter of some urgency. The lease is up for renewal in the near future and the landlord is apparently demanding a substantial rent increase.
  • Walsh back in for Labour in local election disaster for Conservatives (10) 4 May, 2012 Incumbent ward councillor James Walsh was re-elected for Colnbrook with Poyle with a significantly dented majority last night in what was, overall, a disastrous night for the Conservatives.
  • Call this Village Life?? I don’t think so! (0) 3 May, 2012 Am I alone in being rather peed off when I something like the so-called Village Life drops through my letter box? This attractive sounding "community magazine" delivered exclusively to local villages on alternate months promises so much: "... packed with useful and interesting information ... topical opinion ... blah blah blah".
  • Village Hall Update: Burke explains actions during AGM clash with fellow councillors (2) 2 May, 2012 At the Annual Parish Meeting last night Cllr Burke took the unusual step of leaving the chamber and taking a seat with the residents; it soon became apparent why he did so. Colnbrook Village Hall Trust is running at odds with Charity Commission guidelines and counter to its own constitution.
  • £10,000 donation does not buy Parish silence on Coach Park (5) 2 May, 2012 Hood:£10,000 did not buy Parish silence
  • Hood wins leadership challenge despite angry residents and Councillors (40) 2 May, 2012 After Hood had reported "good progress" had been made on reinvigoration of the Village Hall a visibly angry Charles Burke moved to the audience to ask "as a resident" when the AGM will be held. Faced with a barrage of angry questions from residents on a range of subjects from dog mess to plastic policemen, Cllr Hood refused to engage positively with the Colnbrook Community Association. He was later challenged for the leadership of the Council and appeared surprised at the hostility from within and outside the Council.
  • Kanwar Kahlon: “no extravagant claims just continued relentless action” (5) 1 May, 2012 If elected on May 3rd Kanwar Kahlon pledges to work tirelessly to tackle over-development, traffic congestion, and pollution. He wants to target fly tipping, derelict garages, and anti-social behaviour as well as campaign for lower Council Tax and better services.
  • One year on Councillors get ready to give their verdict on Stumpy Hood’s Parish Plan (16) 27 April, 2012 The Parish Council's AGM on Tuesday looks set to be lively as councillors elect a Chair and Vice-Chair for the coming year.  "Stumpy" Hood and Ray Angell will be seeking a continued mandate for the Parish Plan launched with gusto a year ago. But is the Plan on track? And is there a Plan B?
  • Colnbrook to push for closer links with Windsor (2) 24 April, 2012 Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council has continued its apparent policy of breaking away from Slough with a proposal to create a Local Plan with neighbouring villages from the Royal Borough. Cllr Mike Nye has produced a report on Localism, proposing to the Finance and Policy Committee in February that we could join with Datchet and Horton on their local plan under the new Localism Act.
  • Lease offered on controversial Mama’s Grill (0) 24 April, 2012 Mama's Grill, the fast food outlet next to Ye Olde George public house on the High Street is up for grabs after being open barely over a year. A lease is on offer for £1,500 per month.
  • Sun comes out for Colnbrook’s St Georges Day Parade! (1) 22 April, 2012 Today - the St Georges Day weekend
  • The Weekend starts HERE! (1) 21 April, 2012 Today - the St Georges Day weekend
  • James Walsh: Colnbrook deserves a positive future and a vision for where we go next as a village (2) 19 April, 2012 If re-elected on May 3rd James Walsh pledges to increase opening times and services at the new Childrens' Centre, provide better facilities for kids on the Westfield estate, work with local groups to get the best possible services from providers and defend our green spaces against threats of development.
  • Dexter and Kanwar slam McArdle while Parish Council take their cash (2) 18 April, 2012 Conservative ward candidate Kanwar Kahlon and existing councillor Dexter Smith have aimed both barrels squarely at global construction conglomerate McArdle for continued Green Belt violation, while the Parish Council continues to accept donations to help bring its Jubilee aspirations to life.
  • Local celebrity to open new Youth Club this Sunday! (0) 17 April, 2012 Former Slough Town footballer Alan Paris will officially open the new youth club in Colnbrook on Sunday, as part of the St Georges Day weekend celebrations.
  • Council withdraws coach park objection to keep Jubilee Clock on track (3) 15 April, 2012 The Parish Council has made an astonishing U-Turn on its rejection of an Olympic Coach Park following an offer by TGM to contribute to the Parish coffers. Following “positive discussions” between TGM and the Parish Council they found they were able to support the scheme at Poyle Place.
  • Spendthift Parish bucks trend with 5% rise for Colnbrook residents (4) 14 April, 2012 While Slough Borough Council has frozen it’s Council Tax in line with Government recommendations the Parish Council has voted itself a 5% increase, bucking the trend nationally and locally. In 10 years it has voted itself a whopping 31% increase in its precept.
  • Charity, Chivalry and Courage … something for everyone at the St George’s Day weekend! (1) 14 April, 2012 Election 2011
  • Colnbrook crime down due to spend on PCSOs (0) 13 April, 2012 Local PCSO Pietro Mingola reported to the March meeting of the Parish Council’s Finance & Policy Committee that crime is down in Colnbrook in a testament to the effectiveness of the Parish Council's strategy of providing additional funding.
  • Rayner donation follows community award (1) 13 April, 2012 Mike Rayner last week presented a cheque for £2,000 on behalf of the Rayner Family Trust to the Jubilee Clock fund. At a special award ceremony on 19th July, Parish Council chairman Peter Hood presented the cup to Mr Rayner for his “outstanding but often unnoticed work in the community during the last fifty-five years".
  • Lease discussions continue on George Meadow (1) 13 April, 2012 The Parish Council is attempting to secure a lease on George Meadow to make it available to the community. Talks with landowner Jimmy Swanston are set to continue.
  • Pabbi withdraws from Colnbrook election contest (0) 13 April, 2012 Former Colnbrook with Poyle ward and parish councillor Rakesh Pabbi has withdrawn his nomination from the forthcoming Local Election.
  • What next for Johal’s Scrapyard? (0) 12 April, 2012 Uncertainty hangs over the Johal Scrapyard site on the Colnbrook By-pass. Over the past month disturbance from the illegal scapyard has once again blighted Colnbrook as the site has slowly been cleared, raising residents' hopes. However, unconfirmed reports now suggest the site - which was finally granted planning permission by Slough Borough Council last year, has now been sold.
  • Signing and singing success in Colnbrook (0) 8 April, 2012 Singing and signing pupils have been inspired by a performer and music teacher who is soon to launch her first book.
  • New Youth Club nears completion! (1) 6 April, 2012 Work continues on the new youth centre, a.k.a "The Hut" as local tradesmen and residents give up their time for free to bring the project to a successful conclusion. The Colnbrook Community Association claims to have a local celebrity lined up for the official opening ceremony to be announced shortly!
  • Candidates announced for May local elections (1) 6 April, 2012 It's election time again - although with the complete lack of local electioneering currently you could be forgiven for not knowing that elections are just over two weeks away!
  • New guidelines for councillors following Tree-Planting bust-up (0) 3 April, 2012 The Vice-Chairman denies “bullying” but new guidelines are being drawn up for councillors following an outbreak of disharmony at Colnbrook Village Hall!
  • Morrisons shares plans for Langley store at public event (0) 2 April, 2012 More than 80 people visited an exhibition yesterday at the Langley Business Centre in Station Road to see new supermarket plans by high street giants Morrisons
  • CCA seeks donations for “The Hut” (0) 2 April, 2012 While work on "The Hut" gathers momentum, the Colnbrook Community Association has turned its attention to kitting out its newly renovated Youth Centre - publishing a "wish list" of items needed to bring the dream to fruition. Residents or businesses with something to donate, or wish to volunteer, should contact Cllr Charles Burke at colnbrookca@live.co.uk or on 07940131778.
  • Colnbrook Residents Association to host Easter Lunch (0) 31 March, 2012 The secretive Colnbrook Residents Association has organised a community Easter Lunch for Sunday 8th April 2012 at the Village Hall.
  • Lesley Page is president of the Royal College of Midwives (0) 31 March, 2012 A midwife who grew up in Colnbrook has risen to the top of her profession. Professor Lesley Page has been elected as the new president of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM).
  • Colnbrook Village Hall – AGM at last? (0) 23 March, 2012 An end to the Village Hall debacle could be in sight at long last. The Parish Council's Finance and Policy Committee was informed on 20th March that the Village Hall Trust will be reconvening soon.
  • Camilla to unveil Jubilee Clock while Council plans low key celebration (0) 20 March, 2012 Vice-Chairman of the Parish Council informed the Finance and Policy Committee Meeting on 21st February that he has secured a royal guest to unveil the new Jubilee Clock. HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has agreed to unveil the new Jubilee Clock at a future date to be arranged.
  • Neighbourhood Watch scam alert (0) 19 March, 2012 Information has been received concerning a website purporting to be Neighbourhood Watch. The marketing of the site is pitched to Neighbourhood and Home Watch members to register their scheme and obtain membership resources.
  • Spring Time crime reduction advice from Thames Valley (0) 16 March, 2012 Spring is fast approaching and, the clocks go forward this month, which means the warmer weather and lighter evenings are approaching and the temptation to leave windows open is greater than ever. However, burglars will see an open window and seize their opportunity - an open window is an open invitation.
  • Robber jumps on woman from behind (0) 14 March, 2012 Earrings and a wallet were among the items stolen from a woman in Colnbrook walking home on London Road towards Langley on Sunday between 1-1.30am.
  • Slough unveils Olympic Flame route (0) 10 March, 2012 Slough Borough Council has announced the street level route in Slough through which the Olympic Flame will be carried during the London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. The community torchbearers confirmed to carry the flame in Slough were chosen through a public nomination process, although none are from Colnbrook.
  • Community Safety call for residents to be proactive (0) 8 March, 2012 Esther Deacon, Community Safety Project Officer for the East of Slough is offering Colnbrook residents free tamper-proof screws for number plates as part of a multi-faceted approach to reducing crime that includes urging residents to report anti-social behaviour and gauging village interest in a further Crime Reduction Environment Day following the successful events last year.
  • CCA Meeting – 5th March 2012 (0) 5 March, 2012 The Colnbrook Community Association have advised details of their next meeting to be held on MONDAY 5th MARCH at 7.00 in the Function Room of the Ostrich.
  • Cash and Jewellery taken in Park Street Burglary (0) 4 March, 2012 Residents of Park Street, Colnbrook are asked to be wary following a burglary yesterday. According to Thames Valley Police thieves gained access to the house via the rear patio doors between noon on the 2nd March and 2pm on the 3rd. Jewellery and cash were taken.
  • Pleas due for couple arrested over baby death (0) 2 March, 2012 A couple charged in connection with the death of their five-week-old baby are due to enter pleas in June.
  • Welcome to “The Hut” (0) 1 March, 2012 The Colnbrook Community Association has responded to cutbacks in youth services by Slough Borough Council with exciting plans for a new Youth Centre in the village. The CCA has secured the services of a professional youth worker and a dedicated building which is currently undergoing renovations. Local residents, village groups, and businesses have risen to the challenge magnificently to support the project which hopes to open for business very soon.
  • Celebrate the Jubilee with a Street Party? (0) 28 February, 2012 Perhaps to kick start local celebrations for the Diamond Jubilee in Slough, SBC have put together some useful tips and a link to a leaflet and application for road closures. Applications must be submitted before Friday 30th March 2012 ...!
  • Children’s Centre Re-opens! (3) 6 February, 2012 Good news! Vicarage Way Children's Centre is open for business from today, the reception, library and large meeting room are fully operational. The family room and small meeting room are still subject to some repairs but we hope to be fully operational in all areas very soon.
  • Letterbox thieves target London Road (0) 4 February, 2012 Thames Valley Police ask Colnbrook residents to remain vigilant following a burglary in London Road last night. In common with other burglaries throughout Slough entry was again made possible using instruments put through the letterbox. A laptop, cash and iPod were taken.
  • Secret Colnbrook Residents Association organises next meeting (0) 31 January, 2012 The next meeting of the elusive Colnbrook Residents Assocation will take place at the Village Hall on Thursday, 9th February.
  • Reward of £10,000 offered after Colnbrook arson (0) 19 January, 2012 Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses following the arson at Wilson & Scott in Colndale Road on New Year's Day. A £10,000 reward is on offer for information leading to the conviction of the arsonists who destroyed 5 vehicles.
  • Boundary Commission proposes merging Colnbrook with Langley (10) 15 January, 2012 The Boundary Commission has recommended major changes to the borough's electoral wards, with big implications for Colnbrook. Colnbrook would merge with part of Langley St. Mary's ward to become Colnbrook and Langley East, and Foxborough would vanish.
  • All talk and no action (0) 14 January, 2012 When are we going to see some visible, proactive rather than reactive and effective forms of policing and crime prevention in Colnbrook? Personally, I can't remember the last time I saw a highly preventative presence of a police officer or PCSO walking or at least cycling around the village.
  • Boundary Commission changes (0) 14 January, 2012 Boundary Commission
  • No charge for overdue books while Library is closed (0) 11 January, 2012 The Vicarage Way Children's Centre has confirmed that residents will not be charged for items out on loan while the centre remains closed.
  • Does anybody know what happened to Poyle Cottage? (1) 5 January, 2012 Calling all local history buffs ... local worker Neil Dickinson is trying to locate the nineteenth century home of his ancestor, John Dickinson, who lived in in Poyle Cottage in the 1880s.
  • Woman drinkers up 55% over Christmas despite Police warnings (0) 4 January, 2012 There has been an increase in the number arrests for drink driving over the Christmas period. Between Thursday 1 December to Tuesday 27 December, 258 people were arrested on suspicion of drink driving, with the number of women arrested increasing by 55 per cent on 2010.
  • Dexter slams deteriorating Council services (1) 4 January, 2012 Rejoining both Slough Borough Council after a three year break in May, Cllr Dexter Smith has criticised a perceived sharp deterioration in Council services in his "in touch" Winter newsletter.
  • Parish Council submission to Boundary Commission recommends move to Windsor (0) 3 January, 2012 Click here to view the Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission review (opens in a new window).
  • Colnbrook residents: have your say on ward boundary recommendations (0) 3 January, 2012 The independent Local Government Boundary Commission for England (LGBCE) is asking Colnbrook residents to comment on its draft proposals for new electoral arrangements for Slough Borough Council. Under the proposals Colnbrook will be merged with parts of Langley St. Mary's and Foxborough.
  • Children’s Centre Update (0) 3 January, 2012 The Children’s Centre and Library remains closed until further notice while a fault with the heating system is being rectified. Read on for an update.
  • First Parish Council meeting of the New Year (4) 3 January, 2012 A gentle reminder that tonight is the first PC meeting of the new year.
  • Tell us what you think (1) 2 January, 2012 We are keen to know which of the four proposals made gains popular support - or if residents of the current Colnbrook with Poyle ward (or adjoining areas) have other ideas. Click here to vote for your preference of the four proposals or to tell Colnbrook Views why you think another approach would be better.
  • Colnbrook Residents’ Association … back after a generation (14) 2 January, 2012 The dormant Colnbrook Residents' Association is being restarted by the Parish Council after a generation of inactivity, starting with a series of community lunches and a Badminton and Table Tennis Club.
  • Gas cylinders explode in suspected arson attack in Poyle (0) 2 January, 2012 Weighty gas cylinders exploded into the sky after a suspected arson attack at a heavy goods vehicle depot in Colndale Road. No-one was injured but the blaze required five fire crews from Langley, Slough Maidenhead and Reading, which saved a further seven vehicles from being destroyed. Police are investigating the incident but are treating it as suspected arson.
  • Avoiding scammers on the internet (0) 2 January, 2012 There are countless scams on the Internet but if you are cautious and know what to look out for, you'll always be one step ahead of the criminals. The majority of email providers and financial institutions offer a way for you to report any scams that you receive. If you receive a suspicious email, forward it to the relevant company or organisation using the details below
  • Hatha Yoga with Edith Noon at the Village Hall (9) 1 January, 2012 A local resident is organising a 7 week Hatha Yoga course at the Colnbrook Village Hall. The Teacher Edith Noon will run the class with facilitators to give you the feeling of a one-to-one experience.
  • Alternative New Year resolutions from Thames Valley Police (2) 1 January, 2012 This time of year tends to be a time of reflection on things that we have done (or haven't got around to doing!) during the past 12 months. The New Year often spurs us into making New Year's Resolutions, starting something we've been meaning to get around to for a long time..joining the gym, decorating the house, giving up smoking etc. Here are a few alternative New Year Resolutions that you may wish to consider for 2012:
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