Colnbrook’s Parish Clerk defends Burnham spending

Colnbrook’s Parish Clerk Roland Hewson has come to the defence of Burnham Parish Council following an article in the Royal Borough Observer.

Burnham Park Hall, run by the Parish Council

Burnham Park Hall, run by the Parish Council

The Observer article revealed that Burnham’s £102 Band D precept puts it in the top 3% of Parish Councils in the country.

It’s article reviewed 29 parish councils across Windsor & Maidenhead, South Bucks and Slough, including Colnbrook.  Burnham is by far the biggest parish council in the area, controlling a budget of £485,000.

Parish Council income and precept

Parish Council income and precept

Colnbrook with Poyle’s Roland Hewson told the Observer:

“The parishes themselves vary tremendously. The council may be reactive instead of pro-active, it may have an apathetic electorate until an issue comes along, it may be of an urban nature, or rural, or both.

Contrast a rural farming area in Berkshire with an urban one, or somewhere like Colnbrook, which has many issues others do not have because of its proximity to Heathrow – the differences can be immense.”

The Observer’s comparison of parish councils shows that Colnbrook comes about midway down the list for both precept and total taxes raised.

Compared to Slough’s other parishes, it shows Colnbrook raises substantially more than Wexham and only slightly less than Britwell.  Both other parishes provide far more extensive services including running and maintaining their own village halls and various clubs.

Deputy leader of Slough Borough Council James Swindlehurst hit out at high Parish Council spending in the borough in February – singling out Britwell for special attention.

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