An alleged attempt by ‘out-of-towners’ to “wield control” over parish funding may have been thwarted, but the politicisation of the Parish Council was completed yesterday as all three of the vacant seats went to Labour and the Conservatives.
“Watch out Colnbrook” urges former parish chair as Elum-Smith hits out at “lies”. It’s voting day … finally!
As campaigning has neared its conclusion in recent weeks rivalries have spilled over into the pages of the local newspapers, social media and even posts here on Colnbrook Views. Former parish chair Mr Peter Hood has hit out again at councillors who “wield control” but do not live in the parish, citing mediocre councillors and attacking Labour’s record on delivering for Colnbrook. His remarks follow posts from serving councillor Eddy Elum-Smith who has defended his own record and similarly blasted “lies” from colleagues and an alleged smear campaign aimed at “Labour party candidate bashing”.
Who needs Westminster Brexit deadlock when we have our own gripping political melodrama unfolding before our very eyes here in Colnbrook? The by-election in ten days’ time is shaping up to be the most interesting election in years.
A “green envelope” is being proposed for parts of Colnbrook and Poyle to protect communities from a Third Runway, should expansion of Heathrow go ahead.
Slough says a key outcome from its Local Plan to 2036 would be the enlargement of the Poyle Trading Estate to support the freight infrastructure for an expanded airport. But a complete embargo on all development in the parish until such times as the runway and related infrastructure is decided will be necessary.
Parish chair Cllr Scott Bryant told the Slough Observer last week that talks with Thames Valley Police “had been ongoing” about restoring three PCSOs to cover Colnbrook with Poyle by the end of the year – with the possibility of a fourth financed directly by the parish.
Colnbrook may find itself more isolated under new proposals released by the Boundary Commission this week. Under its new plan, Chalvey will not be moved to Windsor, while the sprawling Windsor constituency will instead take in territory from Surrey as it is redrawn to straddle county boundaries for the first time.
The funeral procession for Cllr “K” Laxman will pass through Colnbrook High Street tomorrow, morning pausing briefly outside Colnbrook Pharmacy to allow residents to pay their respects.
Community will be “severely affected” by turning over Poyle Green Belt for Heathrow warehousing, says Parish Council
Colnbrook Parish Council was among objectors to Slough Borough Council’s proposal to turn over Green Belt in Colnbrook and Poyle to warehousing to support Heathrow’s expansion plans, insisting the community would be “severely affected”.
Heathrow Airport says that, despite winning an appeal on the scrapping of the Cranford Agreement, it will not go ahead as planned with new taxi-ways but will go back to the drawing board and come up with a new proposal in 2019.
A further delay has today been announced on the agonising wait for a final decision on a Third Runway through the parish of Colnbrook and Poyle.
The Colnbrook Residents’ Association’s Family Fun Day will be formally opened today by the Mayor of Slough, Councillor Ishrat Shah, at 2pm.