Colnbrook NAG calls for rethink as Council pulls plug on support

Colnbrook NAG is to ask two local bodies to reconsider recent decisions to withdraw services to the group, minutes from last Wednesday’s meeting show.

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Colnbrook Neighbourhood Action Group used its meeting last Wednesday to discuss a response to changes to support offered to the group by Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Police.

Slough Borough Council announced in June that its Project Officers would no longer be able to provide the NAG – and other community groups throughout Colnbrook and Slough – with administrative support going forward as to continue to do so would “severely compromise their service delivery”:

“Since the Project Officers moved from Community Safety into Neighbourhood Services, we have become aware of the increasing high level of support groups are receiving from these staff.  This is quite simply not sustainable and it prevents groups from becoming self sufficient if the situation changes in the future.”

Meanwhile Thames Valley Police have said they will no longer provide crime statistics to the NAG since the accuracy of its figures could not be relied upon.

PCSO Jemma Cropper had been asked by Inspector Sarah Cook to inform the NAG that Thames Valley Police had decided to stop providing the NAG with crime statistics relating to Colnbrook with Poyle as the accuracy of the figures had been questioned recently.

She was asked to remind members and members of the public that “statistical information could still be obtained from the TVP website and by signing up to TVP email alerts”.

Both issues were discussed during the meeting and it was agreed that chair, Raymond Jackson, would write to both bodies to request a rethink.

The meeting also heard about updates on the fly-tipping clean-up adjacent to Willow Close and Horton Road, and the Community Day which was aborted on August 26 due to foul weather.

The next meeting of the NAG will take place at 1930 on Wednesday 14th October 2015 in Colnbrook Village Hall.

Read the full minutes here.

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