Volunteer sought to lead struggling Neighbourhood Action Group
Colnbrook with Poyle’s Neighbourhood Action Group is still struggling to find leadership and is at risk of being amalgamated into Parish Council meetings.
Cllr Bedi, vice-chair of the Parish Council, will be standing down as the chair of Colnbrook’s Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) and has warned that the group needed momentum to take it forward.
Members of the Parish Council’s Finance & Policy Committee discussed the situation at their last meeting at the end of last month. Cllr Bryant called for a volunteer to take on the role of chair.
Cllr Hood commented that if Slough Borough Council and Thames Valley Police do not attend the NAG meetings, residents can come the Parish Council meetings to raise their issues. Both SBC and TVP pulled back from providing active support for NAGs in 2015. However, parish council meetings remain absent of residents, in spite of a formal public session now scheduled. February’s meeting saw just 1 member of the public attend, even with a special presentation from Slough Borough Council’s planning team scheduled. January saw no members of the public attend.
The NAG has struggled since Raymond Jackson stepped back from the role last April. He took the role in September 2014 when the group was reformed after a hiatus and was instrumental in a number of high profile successes in the battle against fly-tipping in the parish.
Earlier this month Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabularies (HMIC) confirmed that it believed NAGs and Have Your Say Meetings were key elements for effective communication with local communities, but voiced criticism of Thames Valley for not doing enough to support neighbourhood policing. It also noted that Thames Valley had committed to introducing a new operating model for neighbourhoods in the near future that would “bring a greater certainty of a continued police presence in communities.”