Meet your candidates for the 2017 Parish Council by-election!

election-2017Want to know what the candidates stand for on the key issues facing Colnbrook?  We’ve tried to find out, inviting each candidate to to set out their positions on a range of issues important to villagers.

As with all elections since 2010 Colnbrook Views has invited the eight candidates standing for this month’s by-election for Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council the opportunity to present themselves in their own words.

Here’s what they had to say …

Meet your candidates

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manName: Anup Kumar Babuta
Party: Labour Party
Address: Coleridge Crescent, Colnbrook

I will be honest with you, I don’t know about every issue affecting the village or pretend to have every solution … I will however promise that when an issue is raised I will  do my best to investigate it and work to find a solution that will benefit all affected.

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Name: Alistair Buchanan
Party: Conservative Party
Address: Park Street, Colnbrook

 

 

 

 

About me

I moved to Colnbrook in 1994 when I purchased and renovated part of one of the former Georgian coaching inns in the heart of the village. I have a keen interest in history and of course Colnbrook has a fascinating past, something I am keen to explore further. I understand that there are plans to form a local historical society, and I would certainly support this.

A Third Runway

I have worked at Heathrow airport since 1984, over thirty years employed as cabin crew. Now working part time. I love travelling the world, but there is always something special about landing back home again.

I have worked at Heathrow airport since 1984, over thirty years employed as cabin crew. Now working part time. I love travelling the world, but there is always something special about landing back home again.

I support the construction of a third runway at Heathrow. I believe it is something that is vital for the national economy, providing opportunities to increase global connectivity from the UK, and allow us to compete effectively with continental airports such as Paris, Frankfurt and Amsterdam. Especially important with the upcoming challenges and opportunities created by Brexit. In addition to the existing jobs provided both directly and indirectly by the airport, Heathrow has committed to provide thousands more, and more importantly create apprenticeships for young people in the area during the construction, something that I welcome.

That said I live in the village, and so I am well aware of the negative aspects of living next to the airport, specifically the aircraft noise and pollution that it generates. It is important that Heathrow is a good neighbour and that they follow through and do not dilute their house purchase plan for those who wish to sell to their properties to the airport should the third runway be given the go ahead. The night curfew for flights must become much more strictly enforced to allow local residents a period of respite from aircraft noise. With no aircraft movements after 11pm, and no exceptions. Air quality monitoring also needs to be undertaken to ensure that Heathrow fulfils its’ environmental commitments. I will work to hold Heathrow to account and fulfil the promises it has made to the affected communities.

New Local Plan for Slough

The Slough Borough Local Plan is looking at encroaching onto greenbelt land near the village. Whilst some of the specifics are dependent on the third runway, we need to keep a close eye on these proposals to protect the green space around the village.

We have some very lovely green spaces in and around the Parish and I value them and will work to protect and improve them for the benefit of all in village. I would like to see whether we can involve our local schools more in our green spaces.

GP Surgery

I strongly support the move to try and get a new doctor’s surgery in the village. I believe it will benefit the whole community, allowing people to walk to a local surgery avoiding lengthy bus or car journeys into Slough or Langley, a benefit to parents with young children who can struggle using buses. Additionally extended opening hours provide the ability to visit the surgery in the evenings or weekend, again avoiding a journey into Slough or Langley when returning home from work.

What I can bring to the Parish Council

I have been asked about what I can bring to the Parish Council and how it can improve the lives of local residents. As a local resident I feel that I have an understanding of some of the issues affecting the village. With Slough being a large borough, we are on the periphery. The Parish Council can work to ensure that Slough are aware of our needs, and we can liaise with, cooperate with, and if needs be, badger and cajole the council to ensure the needs and wishes of Colnbrook and Poyle are taken into account.

I will be honest with you, I don’t know about every issue affecting the village or pretend to have every solution. (Has anyone been able to solve the problem with the rat runners driving through the village) I will however promise that when an issue is raised I will  do my best to investigate it and work to find a solution that will benefit all affected.

I will analyse the council’s spending, and push for the precept to be spent on what the village needs, not what some believe will make the village look nice.

Stuart Frewer

Name: Stuart Frewer
Party: independent
Address: Drift Way, Colnbook

 

 

I am a Colnbrook resident, who has lived and socialised in the village for 13+ years. Conversations often come up about village matters, so I have a concept of what local people want.

I will analyse the council’s spending, and push for the precept to be spent on what the village needs, not what some believe will make the village look nice.

However, we all want a village that is well presented, so we do need to look at rubbish, fly tipping and abandoned and untaxed vehicles, as well as sufficient bins in the area.

I propose that parking is analysed throughout the village, and that traffic using the High Street and Horton Road to access Poyle Industrial Estate are banned and that those bans are enforced.

Should Heathrow expand, this will also affect traffic, and local air pollution, so this needs to be dicussed in depth.

If elected, I will make myself available on a regular basis, to meet and discuss village issues with local residents, which I will announce on social media.

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Name: Gurdeep Singh Grewal
Party: Labour Party
Address: Sutton Avenue, Langley

My objectives are … to promote an awareness and sense of village life within Colnbrook … expand community spirit and … encourage excellence in achievement amongst the youths within the community.

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Name: Joyce John
Party: Conservative Party
Address: Sherbourne Close, Colnbrook

My objectives are:

  • To promote an awareness and sense of village life within Colnbrook.
  • To endeavour to expand community spirit and keeping alive the history.
  • To bring into focus the original village life and works with a view to encourage excellence in achievements amongst the youths within the community.
  • To include the youths in fund raising activities and give them a voice
  • To ensure daily observation within the village is obtained at all times.
  • To promote mindfulness at all times within the community
  • To promote community spirit engagements with diverse social activities.

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Name: Amandeep Kaur
Party: Labour Party
Address: Broadmark Road, Wexham

I feel I can make a real difference to this thriving and diverse community. I have time to devote to the issues faced, and being politically independent, I stand for the community rather than for any political ideology.

Olwyn Level
Name: Olwyn Lever
Party: independent
Address: High Street, Colnbrook

I was first a resident in the Parish in the early 1970’s and in March this year I returned to my roots. Living in the centre of Colnbrook Village, I feel proud to call this village my home.

I’m standing for the Parish Council vacancy as I feel I can make a real difference to this thriving and diverse community. I have time to devote to the issues faced, and being politically independent, I stand for the community rather than for any political ideology.

My main concerns for the village are; –
1. The village is currently blighted with the issues of littering, fly tipping and dog fowling, all of which brings the appearance of the village down. We need to be proud of where we live and show it off to the historic best and great placed that it is.
2. The other key issue for the residents is the traffic, I fully support the views that further traffic calming measures and restrictions should be imposed to not only prevent the congestion in the area but to preserve the historic buildings.
3. I firmly believe in a council that communicates genuinely and openly with residents, which has not been the case for many years, and I will take steps to ensure this is enacted.

Vote for your Independent candidate on the 23 November. OLWYN LEVER – FOR COLNBROOK

I absolutely cherish our green spaces … but above all, I absolutely love the warm and friendly nature of the residents who made me welcome when I arrived here as a teenage boy – we need to retain and grow the community spirit.

Aryan Sharma
Name: Aryan Sharma
Party: Conservative Party
Address: London Road, Brands Hill

 

 

 

 

How do you think that Parish Council can help improve the lives of the residents?

Uncollected or dropped rubbish/litter is a recurring problem right across many areas of Colnbrook Parish. The Colnbrook Parish Council should work closely with Slough Borough Council in getting the rubbish collected and taken away on weekly basis, as well as keeping footpaths clean, trimming tree hedges overhanging the public highway; which distract the car passengers and removing weeds from roadside guttering. Parish Councillors are local eyes and ears.

What would you bring to Parish Council to make it more successful?

I will arrange meet-ups and clean-ups out of Colnbrook Village Hall and Westfield Hall, at least monthly. I d inspire and encourage more residents to raise their voices and personally address these issues with both Parish Council and Slough Borough Council.

What is your position on proposed Heathrow runaway?

Building a brand new Heathrow runaway will cause more noise and air pollution disturbing the Colnbrook residents. It may not take out any of our homes but it will take out some employers and cause local unemployment. However, on a much larger scale, it will guarantee opportunity and thousands of jobs at this time of employment crisis.Looking at both pros and cons, we need to grab the positives and make Colnbrook a better place and less blighted by traffic congestion.

How would you make village better and safer place in which to work in?

I would encourage better communication between Thames Valley Police and local residents; so that the residents come forward to report crimes such as burglaries and anti-social behaviour and I d see to that some of the Heathrow compensation money is spent here. I would like to see more CCTV cameras installed around Colnbrook, making it safer for children and young adults in the playground, and for everyone on the street. Road traffic signs could be improved by installing traffic lights at areas around Colnbrook High Street such as Budgens Ostrich Inn junction so that cars and pedestrians can cross the roads safely.

What do you value most about Colnbrook with Poyle?

I absolutely cherish our green spaces, including Poyle Poplars, Colnbrook reservoir and its wildlife (birds), but above all, I absolutely love the warm and friendly nature of the residents who made me welcome when I arrived here as a teenage boy- we need to retain and grow the community spirit.

What is your view on Slough's new Local Plan and proposed land use for Colnbrook and Poyle?

We have used the argument that Colnbrook is surrounded by a vulnerable and valuable piece of Greenbelt to prevent us being swallowed by London and the Airport, and to stop giant warehousing proposals and freight complexes. Slough’s new Local Plan proposal will take away that protection and actually encourage Airport-related development on our Greenbelt. Currently, the Airport can take our Greenbelt if I can demonstrate a “national need”; I think that gives them quite enough advantage already. But I do recognize that development sometimes can be positive.

 

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