Colnbrook NAG discusses parking, littering and fly-grazing problems

Colnbrook’s NAG has warned that a streets around Willow Close and Drift Way are, once again, being used to park up cars for sale, while litter from a house in multiple occupation “does not bode well for community harmony”.

A house in multiple occupation in Willow Close appears to be the source of littering in the Willow Close/Horton Road culvert - a key channel for floodwater.

A house in multiple occupation in Willow Close appears to be the source of littering in the Willow Close/Horton Road culvert – a key channel for floodwater.

Colnbrook’s Neighbourhood Action Group failed to achieve a quorum of core group members at its last meeting on Wednesday, 20th July.  The June meeting had been cancelled due to non-attendance of the Police but this time it wasn’t the Police that failed to turn up – but nearly everybody else.

With no permanent chair yet appointed since Cllr Raymond Jackson stepped down in April, Mike Nye acted as temporary chair for the meeting, expressing disappointment that other partner agencies had not appeared.

Nevetherless the group discussed a number of issues related to anti social or unneighbourly behaviour in the westernmost part of the village.

Concerns were discussed that Willow Close, Drift Way and the High Street being used to park up vehicles offered for sale, untaxed, and often without MOT. It was suggested that Thames Valley and Slough Borough Council work towards a “sweep” of the area using their ANPR vans. This had last been carried out 3 – 4 years ago.

Members noted that a growing quantity of alcohol containers and fast food packaging in the Horton Road ditch, adjacent to a property believed to be a ‘house in multiple occupation’ (HMO) in Willow Close, “does not bode well for community harmony”.

Slough Council would also be asked to assist in the “fly-grazing” of a horse on an unregistered plot at Layburn Cresent, and in seeking a possible replacement for the long-withdrawn ‘neighbourhood car’, an initiative funded by Honda before its relocation.

PCSO Florentina Chiriac gave an “informal report” owing to a lack of authenticated crime figures.  Those present heard that:

  • Anti-Social Behaviour and car crime in the past month were down.
  • Improved CCTV surveillance (CCTV) at the Holiday Inn car park has been introduced.
  • SBC were working alongside Mansfield Recovery to remove untaxed vehicles from around the streets of Colnbrook.
  • Parking operations had been mounted in Coleridge Cresent, Crown Meadow and Trent Road, resulting in tickets being issued.
  • A caravan abandoned on the A4 Colnbrook Bypass has been removed.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday 7th September 2016.

Read the full minutes from the meeting here.

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