A heated altercation followed Colnbrook’s Cllr Dexter Smith call for stricter controls for any councillor found in breach of regulations, on Tuesday, to fill a ‘void in standards’. Conservative councillor Wayne Strutton asking deputy leader Cllr James Swindlehurst to ‘come outside’ at the end of the meeting.
Slough initiated a Community Governance Review on Tuesday in what could have far reaching implications for the village. Focusing on improving community engagement, local democracy and delivery of local services, the review will have a remit to create, merge, alter or even abolish parishes.
Tory tabloids and broadsheets have dismissed Colnbrook MP Adam Afriyie’s apparent attempted putsch. According to the Telegraph: “Timing was off on two grounds. He was several years of solid toil short of the status and name recognition to challenge for the premiership of Camberwick Green, let alone Britain.”
BLUNDERING council chiefs are in talks to splash more cash on the controversial bus station because the passenger drop-off area is not large enough for wheelchair users to get off the bus.
Crime is down in Colnbrook, Poyle and Foxborough, according to police figures. From December 2011 to November last year, there were 1,316 crimes reported, compared to 1,579 in the same period in the previous 12 months.
Local MP Adam Afriyie has been named as a potential challenger to Prime Minister David Cameron. MPs identified Afriyie following rumours sweeping Westminster that 55 Tory MPs plan to demand a leadership contest if Mr Cameron continues to trail Labour’s Ed Miliband in the polls.
Council bosses this week apologised for the new Slough Bus Station, also known as The Curve and “The Slug” – blaming a flawed consultation process and communication.
Tuesday’s Parish Council meeting as expected brought an end to proposals to develop a Neighbourhood Plan for Colnbrook and Poyle, rebuffing a new power granted to local communities.
The council also voted to object to another fast food takeway, and deferred a decision on an upgrade to the parish website.
Councillors will be asked to approve halting the proposed Neighbourhood Development Plan at the first Parish Council meeting of the New Year next week, just as 7 “neighbourhood” designations look set to be approved in the neighbouring Royal Borough. The meeting will take place at the Village Hall on Tuesday 8th January 2013, commencing at 7.30pm.
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.
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.”
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.