New councillor Akram joins CCP as trustee

Newly parish councillor Safia Akram has been appointed as a fourth trustee for the Colnbrook Community Partnership.  

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Charities Commission records recently updated for the CCP reveal that our newly appointed “supernumerary” councillor has been appointed to the four-strong panel of trustees.

She joins fellow parish councillor Ray Angell, vice-chair, and former parish councillors Laurie Tucker and Mike Nye.

The unelected group set up in 2006 has a self-appointed role in determining how hundreds of thousands of pounds of landfill tax obligations are spent on behalf of residents of Colnbrook.

It publishes no minutes or accounts and trustees have resisted calls for the group to be democratised to give residents a real say on how their money is spent.  The CCP provides updates to Parish Council meetings and occasional updates to residents via the Parish Council website and newsletter.

In January last year Colnbrook Parish Council rejected the Localism Act when it voted to abandon plans to create its own Neighbourhood Plan, after initially appearing keen to produce one.

Localism powers envisioned by the Government would see those community or parish councils who prepare Plans promised a fixed share of the income from the Community Infrastructure Levy.

The Levy would replace landfill tax, for community projects – such as village hall repairs, improving broadband provision, or even establishing better flood defences – but expenditure under the Levy would be subject to formal rules and public accountability.

The CCP completed its latest project, the creation of a wildlife habitat at Crown Meadow, last Wednesday. The project used undisclosed funding from incinerator-operator Grundon.

The charity is currently finalising plans for a tennis court in Pippins Park.

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