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August 2015 News

Petition regarding weight of lorries along the A30 : this is now an e-petition on the RBWM website.  Please follow the links

http://petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/lorryweights/

Background:
Sunningdale residents and road users are noticing a marked      increase in traffic, particularly heavy goods vehicles,   travelling along the Chobham Road (B383). There is also the danger that construction traffic from the DERA development at  Longcross will routinely use the Chobham Road.

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (RBWM) only has a few  options for placing restrictions on a ‘B’ road but it freely      acknowledges that this road, with its shops, houses and street    parking, is completely inappropriate for use by heavy lorries.

In June, RBWM imposed an 18 tonne weight limit but it is  difficult to tell which lorries are 18 tonne or heavier. The  reduction to 7.5 tonnes would make it much clearer if a heavy lorry uses the road.

There is also a danger posed by 18 tonne lorries on the bridge.      Not only are they forced to cross the central white lines which is illegal but on-coming traffic can’t be seen due to the bend on the bridge.  The only answer is to restrict the size/weight of vehicles allowed on the road.

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Daytime Leisure will be bringing a bouncy castle, slide and play golf to the park every Tuesday and Thursday in August until end of August.  The Parish Council is pleased to offer this extension of our play facilities by partnering with Daytime Leisure who take full responsibility for insurance and supervision of the children.
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Charters Tennis are holding summer holiday session on the tennis courts in Broomhall Recreation from Monday 27 July to Friday 28 August.
10 am – 12pm 5-9 year olds (£12 per session (£9 with discount).
1pm – 3pm  10 years upwards.

Full information email: charterstennis@btinternet.com
Phone 01256 463673 or visit http://www.charterstennis.co.uk

Ascot Volunteer Bureau is a small local charity that provides transport to medical appointments for the elderly residents of Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale. Increases in its workload means that it has an urgent requirement for additional volunteer drivers. Have a look at its website for further details if you may be interested. http://ascotvolunteerbureau.org.uk/

Start First Aid Training  @ The Pavilion, Sunningdale Parish Council

Need to be first aid qualified?  Start First Aid Training offers a solution to all your needs.  We cover:
– Emergency first aid at work (EFAW), 1-day course
– First aid at work (FAW), 3-day course
– Emergency paediatric first aid, 1-day course
– Paediatric first aid course, 2-day course (This course is in line with the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and meets the requirements of Ofsted.
– Basic life saving and safe use of an AED, 4-hours
– Anaphylaxis awareness, 3 hours
– Refresher courses

Emergency first aid at work, 1-day   Date: Friday 25/9/15
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Pavilion
Cost: £60

Paediatric first aid, 2-day
Date: Thursday 1/10/15 and Friday 2/10/15
Time: 9:00 – 16:00
Venue: The Pavilion
Cost: £100

Should you require an on-site course that suits your date and time requirements we would be delighted to offer you a quotation.
Bookings:  Anne-Marie 07958 046209  www.startfirstaid.biz

 

 

July 2015 News

Petition
We, the undersigned, wish the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to consider reducing the recently implemented 18 tonne weight limit on the Chobham Road railway bridge to a maximum of 7.5 tonnes.

We are concerned that the large lorries pose a safety risk due to the limited road width of the bridge causing the vehicles to cross the centre double-white line and limits visibility to on-coming traffic.

Download the form to sign here.

Signatures will be presented to RBWM cabinet on 28 July 2015. Forms returned to Parish Council, Broomhall Lane by 9.30am on 27 July or scanned to info@sunningdaleparish.org.uk

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The Parish Council celebrated the accomplishment of Heathermount boys, Josh Giddens (pictured below) and Jack Wise, who had completed three and two years work experience respectively. The boys have been working with Graeme Kennedy every Tuesday learning the range of tasks involved in keeping the Recreation ground and the cemetery in good order.  The Parish Council has greatly benefitted from their hard work, while the boys have grown in confidence and skills.  They leave Heathermount to go to  college in the autumn.  Picture below shows Graeme making a presentation to Josh.

Heathermount Presentation 011-1

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School holidays begin on 22nd July.  

Daytime Leisure will be bringing a bouncy castle, slide and play golf to the park on the following days: 11, 18, 22, 25, 28, 30  July and every Tuesday and Thursday in August until end of August.  The Parish Council is pleased to offer this extension of our play facilities by partnering with Daytime Leisure who take full responsibility for insurance and supervision of the children.
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Charters Tennis are holding summer holiday session on the tennis courts in Broomhall Recreation from Monday 27 July to Friday 28 August.
10 am – 12pm 5-9 year olds (£12 per session (£9 with discount).
1pm – 3pm  10 years upwards.

Full information email: charterstennis@btinternet.com
Phone 01256 463673 or visit http://www.charterstennis.co.uk
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WILLIAM PACK CUP FOR BEST ALLOTMENT

 This year the panel of judges looked at the Sunningdale Parish Allotments and awarded as follows:

 1st             Pat Bond                   Plot 31a

  2nd           Mary Alexander       Plot 4

 3rd             Daphne Evans           Plot 30

 Highly Commended:
Glen & Robert Couper   Plot 30a
Julie Henley-Wilkinson and Warren Wilkinson Plot 27

Commended:
Geoff Newis  Plot 34b
Pam & David Stanley  Plot 40
Diana Vernon-Smith & Jeanette West  Plot 45

The Best Newcomer:   Nihal Gunersekera Plot 6

Highly Commended Newcomer:  Lucy & Dave Williams Plot 43

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Ascot Volunteer Bureau is a small local charity that provides transport to medical appointments for the elderly residents of Ascot, Sunninghill and Sunningdale. Increases in its workload means that it has an urgent requirement for additional volunteer drivers. Have a look at its website for further details if you may be interested. http://ascotvolunteerbureau.org.uk/

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BEN Lynwood Fete and Vintage and Classic Car Rally on 4th July from 12.30pm – 4.30pm at the Recreation Ground.  

For further details on the Summer Fete please email warren.neal@ben.org.uk or call 01344 298137. Or visit www.ben.org.uk/fete15.

June 2015 News

New walks leaflet for Sunningdale available to download here.

A new weight restriction of 18 tons has been installed along the Chobham Road to prevent large lorries and construction traffic coming through the village.

Weekend 13 and 14 June – Magna Carta celebrations. See the RBWM website for full details. http://www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/museum_magna_carta_river_timetable.htm

Royal Ascot (Tuesday 16 June to Saturday 20 June). Expect traffic congestion and closure of roads in that period. For more information go to:
http://www3.rbwm.gov.uk/info/200958/road_closures_and_diversions/507/royal_ascot_-_traffic_arrangements

BEN Lynwood Fete and Vintage and Classic Car Rally on 4th July from 12.30pm – 4.30pm at the Recreation Ground.  
This is a family fun-packed with day which has huge appeal as there is something for everyone. Amongst the array of stalls will be children’s activities, birds of prey display, companion dog show, live music, food and refreshments, cakes and vintage iced tea and many other attractions. This year there will also be an unmissable special display of one historic manufacturer’s range of vehicles and vintage cycle display.

For further details on the Summer Fete please email warren.neal@ben.org.uk or call 01344 298137. Or visit www.ben.org.uk/fete15.

 

 

 

May 2015 News

The Parish Council has unanimously elected Anne-Catherine Buxton as Chairman. Anne-Catherine brings much experience in running charity operations and organising committees. She joined the Council in 2014 and has taken on a number of key projects. Three other Councillors, Robin Booth, Rosemarie Nash and Lilly Evans go forward elected unopposed. Valerie Pike is a new elected Councillor. Council has co-opted Michael Burn and Yvonne Jacklin to Council as from 26 May 2015, and Mary Sayer with effect from 9 June 2015.

The theme in Sunningdale, as with the nation as a whole, is continuity and change, steady management of resources, while watching out for every opportunity to enable positive change for our community. Anne-Catherine says “We have the makings of a great team going forward who will look after Sunningdale’s best interests”.

There remain two vacancies to bring Council to its full complement of ten Councillors and we welcome names coming forward at this time.

April 2015 News

GENERAL ELECTION HUSTINGS MEETING Thursday 30 April at 7.30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Sunningdale.  Your opportunity to meet the candidates for the Parliamentary elections on 7 May.

PARISH COUNCIL ELECTIONS.

Sunningdale Parish Council is a non-political Council dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the village.  Seven people have put their name forward, and this being less than the ten vacancies, the seven will be elected unopposed on 7 May.  The Council must then co-opt to fill the 3 remaining vacancies.

The Parish Council meets once a month to take decisions affecting all aspects of life in the Parish, establishing policies for action, and deciding how much will be raised and spent on behalf of the community. It is responsible for spending public money lawfully and achieving the best value for money.

There are rules on the eligibility of residents to stand for the public office of Councillor.  If you are interested please contact us or read more under Parish Council and Elections.

The new tennis and refreshment Chalet opens for business on 1st April

The Village Hall Operations team take up residence in the office to the side of the Pavilion on 1st April.   Come and see us.

3rd April A Wildlife in Ascot talk on “Voles” by Prof Pat Morris, world expert on small mammals, at 3pm in Sunningdale Parish Offices.  Everyone is welcome

9th April – the deadline for receipt of applications to become a Parish Councillor at the May 7th election.  Ask for more details.

Charters Tennis Holiday Coaching Easter holiday coaching 7 – 17 April at the Recreation Ground          10 am – 12pm (5 years to 9 years)  1pm – 3pm (10 years upwards) £12 per session.  Application forms in the Parish Office

Community Garden We have had a “standard” winter, neither too cold, nor too wet, nor too mild. Early outdoor sowing and planting of hardy crops could do with slightly warmer daytime temperatures than we are experiencing at the beginning of March. We only have garlic planted so far, which actually went in during the autumn. Weather permitting, here are some possible spring jobs on your plot. posted 2 March 2015

March 2015 News

New Chalet at the Recreation Ground The drainage work having been completed, the new Tennis and Refreshment Chalet has being constructed.  It will open for business on 1 April.  It is paid for from S106 Developers Contribution. Posted 20 March 2015

Chalet

Annual Parish Meeting 25 March 2015 at 7.30pm The APM took place on 25 March hosted by DeVere Venues at Sunningdale Park. Our guest speaker Christine Weightman spoke on “Origins of Sunningdale: Broomhall Nunnery”. We had a good community evening with contributions from the Chairman, Christine Gadd, our Borough Councillors, reports from Holy Trinity School, Charters School and the Police.

To catch up on what was said please find attached the Chairman’s report.   Posted 27 March 2015

 

Elections and the Role of Councillors

Parish Council elections May 2015

Sunningdale Parish Council is a non-political Council dedicated to improving the quality of life for those living and working in the village.

Seven people have put their name forward, and this being less than the ten vacancies, the seven will be elected unopposed on 7 May.  The Council must then co-opt to fill the 3 remaining vacancies.

There are rules on the eligibility of residents to stand for the public office of Councillor. The full set of eligibility criteria can be requested from the Clerk. In summary, a person must be an elector of 18 years of age or over, must have resided for 12 months in the parish or within three miles of it; and must not have been convicted and imprisoned within five years of the election.

Role of Councillors

The Parish Council meets once a month to take decisions affecting all aspects of life in the Parish, establishing policies for action, and deciding how much will be raised and spent on behalf of the community. It is responsible for spending public money lawfully and achieving the best value for money.

The Parish Council has four main Committees: Planning, Finance, Projects,  and Recreation and Property. It also convenes working groups for other tasks as they arise, such as for projects and events. Councillors attend Planning Committee meetings every 28 days and take on the responsibility for other aspects of the Committee work. The Parish Council has drawn up its Business Plan with its priorities for the coming years.

The role involves Councillors seeking and representing the views of local residents, schools, church, and traders association on a variety of matters affecting the local community; identifying the needs of the Parish through a project and finding ways of resolving this; setting the Annual Precept to meet these needs, and managing the Parish Council’s assets and finances effectively.

If you might be interested in being co-opted for Council please contact the clerk as soon as possible.

A successful local council depends for its success on the councillors, as well as the Chair and the Clerk, each playing complementary roles to ensure that Council devises appropriate policies and the clerk carries them out. There is a budget for training of Councillors to ensure they are adequately briefed to carry out their function.

The role of a Councillor includes the following:

  • Setting the budget. There is a statutory requirement for all councils to prepare an annual budget. Most policy decisions of the council have financial implications and these need to be considered as policy is made.
  • Making management policy decisions in Council and ensuring that decisions taken by Council are properly implemented.
  • Responsible for community engagement with local organisation such as the schools
  • Councillors have a role in representing the views of the Council or the community such as at Rural Development Control Panel.
    To suggest new initiatives or developments of existing policies, such as taking forward projects that come forward through the Neighbourhood Plan, and using new development funds wisely in our locality.
  • To ensure that the views of the community are put to the relevant persons or bodies, and that the special interests of the community are protected and promoted.

We hope that this article has been useful in helping you to understand the election process and the role of a parish councillor. Please do not hesitate to contact the Clerk at Sunningdale Parish Council if you require any further information.

To find out more please go to the NALC website http://www.nalc.gov.uk/Publications and look at the publications including “It takes all sorts” and Local Councils Explained. It can be very helpful to understand the work involved, but also how rewarding the role can be. We would be happy to talk this through with you so that your expectations are well matched to the tasks and processes of Council.

Sustainable Sunningdale

The Parish Council has been particularly active in the important area of the environment since 2009.

One of the first steps was to install a log boiler at the Parish office in 2009 to reduce our carbon footprint from the previous electric heating,  and to use Ecotricity as a renewable energy supplier.

We subsequently became affiliated to Ascot Community Environment Network (ASCENT) which was formed in December 2010, and we work closely with them.

The Parish Council continues to take up such measures as might influence our community to change their lifestyle to reduce their use of fossil fuels and be aware of the potential impact of climate change on our community. This includes championing recycling and litter picking in our area and promoting initiatives through the Parish newsletter.

Sustainable Sunningdale bulletins have been posted regularly on the council website. Copies of these bulletins from the old website, which stretch from September 2009 to June 2014, can be found in this pdf file.

February 2015 News

Some 2015 dates for your diary
Annual Parish Meeting on March 25th; General and Local Elections on May 7th; Lynwood Fete on July 4th; and the Sunningdale Area Carnival on September 13th.
posted February 4th, 2015.

Charges for 2015-2016.
Council has agreed that there will be no increase in burial costs or in the rate for hiring the Community Room in the forthcoming financial year. The annual allotment rent for a standard plot will increase by 50p, taking it to £16.
posted February 5th, 2015.

Allotment rents for 2015-2016
Rents are now due. Payments should be received from plot holders by Monday March 2nd, 2015.
posted February 14th, 2015.

Berkshire Carers Service newsletter
The latest newsletter (February – April 2015) is now available. It can be downloaded here.
posted February 14th, 2015.

Ascot Area Neighbourhood Watch Newsletter (February 2015)
This is currently being delivered to local residents. It includes important information on the closure of the Ascot Neighbourhood Watch Association, but not of Neighbourhood Watch. The online version can be viewed here.
posted February 22nd, 2015.

RBWM’s Recycling Guide
Printed copies of this guide were delivered to households in February 2015. Here is the online version.
posted February 27th, 2015.

January 2015 News

Fit for Life
Fit for Life is an RBWM project whose aim is to encourage individuals to be more active. The project will run for 3 years with a grant from Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund (via the National Lottery Funding). Fit for Life Week, which will run from January 17th to the 25th, will allow residents to sample activities across the borough. In Sunningdale, Charters Leisure will offer Gym while Lynwood will have Aerobics for the over 50s. Both are free. Check the precise details in the leaflet (obtainable from the parish council office) or by looking at the getactiverbwm.org website.
posted January 6th, 2015.

Blacknest car park re-opens
blacknestcarparkVirginia Water Lake walkers who use this car park may like to know that it has now re-opened after being closed for three months while major renovation work took place. The tariffs and methods of payment are now the same as the main car park on the A30. The car park is now known as Virginia Water South.
posted January 11th, 2015.

All About Local Councils.
This booklet gives simplified explanations about the role and work of local councils and their councillors, explains the electoral process and provides a number of case studies, highlighting the work of a selection of local councils. Click here to browse the online version.
posted January 25th, 2014.