Slough Borough Council will make a decision on the future of Colnbrook Parish Council by the end of the year. The first phase of a Community Governance Review closed on Friday and it will spend the Summer deliberating before a further consultation in November.
Suggestions that Colnbrook Parish Council risks being “taken over” by Slough Labour should insufficient local candidates not step up have not materialised. Following the publication this evening of the list of candidates for next month’s by-election there are eight in total, with a good spread across the parish and of political leaning. Labour and the Conservatives have fielded 3 candidates each while there are 2 independents.
Slough Borough Council has confirmed that a by-election will be held next month to elect the THREE vacant seats on Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council. But a report in yesterday’s Slough Observer has suggested that the prospect of an election to fill the seat vacated following the death of the late Cllr K Laxman was what prompted the other two vacancies.
Just over a week remains before it will be decided if there is to be a by-election to fill the seat on the Parish Council left vacant following the death of Cllr “K” Laxman.
The Colnbrook Museum project could have hit a road block in the form of a legal covenant that could prevent the Village Hall from being extended. But the issue appears to have split councillors following the intervention of MP Adam Afriyie.
This month’s parish ‘drop-in’, this Saturday morning, will be a ‘parish forum’ event with representatives from village groups in Colnbrook invited to attend.
No more rip-off fees for Christmas Trees, parish councillor Mick Kinane has decided. This year’s trees are already sorted, and the cost will be borne by local businesses.
Parish chair Cllr Scott Bryant justified maintaining the parish precept at its £100,000 level on the basis that the precept has increased in line with inflation. True or false? We decided to check.
Colnbrook Parish Council has voted to keep the parish precept the same as last year, despite saving £34,000 on the cancellation of the PCSO contract. Upon being put to the vote, 1 was in favour of increasing the precept, 8 were in favour of keeping at the same level and 0 were in favour of a reduction. Three councillors – Cllr Elum-Smith, Hood and Laxman – were again absent.
Slough has been targeted as one of eighteen areas across the country where new measures to eradicate electoral fraud could be trialled in the 2018 Local Elections. The Electoral Commission says it will “invite applications to participate in our pilot schemes from those specified authority areas”, but it will be up to Slough Borough Council to decide whether to join in.