CCA urges residents to call for referendum

The Colnbrook Community Association has issued a call to its members to lobby Slough Borough Council to extend the same rights to Colnbrook as it has to the parishes of Wexham Court and Britwell.


Slough Borough Council announced last month it would hold a surprise referendum in Wexham Court and Britwell to allow residents to vote on the future of their Parish Councils, but Colnbrook was denied the same opportunity.

All three parish councils received stinging criticism but in Colnbrook only 35 submissions were received compared to many hundreds in the other two as a result of a survey conducted by the Slough Labour Party.

Both Wexham Court and Britwell parishes were recommended for abolition while Colnbrook with Poyle was given a stay of execution until 2015 to improve.

In an online poll on Colnbrook Views over 80% of residents have called for the same rights to be extended to the parish.

Meanwhile the CCA is urging residents to email Slough Borough Council to demand the same rights.

It said, in a communication to members:

You are probably aware that a Governance Review has been conducted by SBC into the conduct of the three Parish Councils within the borough.

This has resulted in both Britwell and Wexham being granted a postal referendum of registered voters to ascertain their views as to the future of their respective councils. This privilege has not been extended to Colnbrook with Poyle.

If you feel that for democracy to be seen to be in place the resident of Colnbrook with Poyle should also have a referendum, please email Greg O’Brien at demanding that Colnbrook with Poyle residents be given the same option as Britwell and Wexham.

If you agree that we should have a postal referendum, please send your email today.

The consultation into the Community Governance Review recommendations ends on Monday (14th October).

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