Cllr Mike Nye has successfully forced the Boundary Commission into a rethink on its earlier recommendations to merge the village into a combined Colnbrook & Langley East ward. Cllr Nye, who has been a resident of Colnbrook for 34 years, argued that Colnbrook’s strong community identity, and “passion for protecting our open spaces” was at odds with the densely populated urbanisation of Foxborough. He also urged the LGBCE to consider an electoral registration drive rather than simply redrawing ward boundaries.
After Hood had reported “good progress” had been made on reinvigoration of the Village Hall a visibly angry Charles Burke moved to the audience to ask “as a resident” when the AGM will be held. Faced with a barrage of angry questions from residents on a range of subjects from dog mess to plastic policemen, Cllr Hood refused to engage positively with the Colnbrook Community Association. He was later challenged for the leadership of the Council and appeared surprised at the hostility from within and outside the Council.
If elected on May 3rd Kanwar Kahlon pledges to work tirelessly to tackle over-development, traffic congestion, and pollution. He wants to target fly tipping, derelict garages, and anti-social behaviour as well as campaign for lower Council Tax and better services.
The Parish Council’s AGM on Tuesday looks set to be lively as councillors elect a Chair and Vice-Chair for the coming year. “Stumpy” Hood and Ray Angell will be seeking a continued mandate for the Parish Plan launched with gusto a year ago. But is the Plan on track? And is there a Plan B?
Conservative ward candidate Kanwar Kahlon and existing councillor Dexter Smith have aimed both barrels squarely at global construction conglomerate McArdle for continued Green Belt violation, while the Parish Council continues to accept donations to help bring its Jubilee aspirations to life.
It’s election time again – although with the complete lack of local electioneering currently you could be forgiven for not knowing that elections are just over two weeks away!
The Boundary Commission has recommended major changes to the borough’s electoral wards, with big implications for Colnbrook. Colnbrook would merge with part of Langley St. Mary’s ward to become Colnbrook and Langley East, and Foxborough would vanish.
Rejoining both Slough Borough Council after a three year break in May, Cllr Dexter Smith has criticised a perceived sharp deterioration in Council services in his “in touch” Winter newsletter.
Click here to view the Colnbrook with Poyle Parish Council submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission review (opens in a new window).
The Planning Committee tonight unanimously rejected the SIFE application, as expected. But while residents failed to get behind the campaign in significant numbers, Helioslough Ltd submitted late additional information in support of their view that their competing site at Radlett would perform better as an SRFI, directly pitting themselves against developer Goodman.
Recently (re-)elected Borough and Parish Councillor Dexter Smith has promised to use his unique position serving on both councils to deal with the issues that matter to Colnbrook: “I believe we can achieve most for Colnbrook when our Borough Council and Parish Council work in harmony – I am in a unique position to build bridges and make that happen”.