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Coworth Park Copse – Granny Kettle Wood – Tree Felling

Concerns have been raised with the Parish Council through the office regarding work that has taken place in Coworth Park Copse – formerly know as Granny Kettle Wood on Whitmore Lane.

This is designated as an Ancient Woodland and any work carried out there must have planning permission from the Planning Authority at RBWM.

The tree team is aware of the felling that has taken place and an officer will be attending the site today to ascertain the extent of work and whether or not this any action needs to be taken to prevent further damage.

Until the officer reports back, we cannot comment further apart from to thank all the residents who have reported this to the Parish Council and also to RBWM over the last few hours and we will provide an update once we receive it.

Thames Valley Police – Surgery 20.8.19

The regular Thames Valley Police Surgery will be held tomorrow – Tuesday 20th August from 6pm at the community room, Broomhall Recreation Ground.

Come along and discuss any concerns you may have with the neighbourhood team from Thames Valley Police – no need to book.

Sunningdale Councillor as Mayor

New Mayor and Deputy Mayor announced

Mayor Sayonara Luxton.pngA long serving councillor who has raised thousands of
pounds for good causes has been welcomed as the 46th Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

Cllr Sayonara Luxton was elected as Mayor for 2019/20 during the annual mayor-making ceremony, which took place at the Guildhall, Windsor, on Tuesday 21 May. She will be supported throughout the year by her husband Ian Luxton, Mayor Consort.

Sayonara was born in Goa and started her early career in Dubai working for the CEO of Airbus Industrie. While in Dubai, she met her husband Ian and they have been happily married for 29 years.

Sayonara and her family have lived in the borough since 2000 and Sayonara has been a local councillor since 2007, with this being her fourth term as a councillor. Sayonara has served the borough as chairman of the licensing panel, chairman for foster parenting, and chairman for the adult overview and scrutiny services and presently is the chairman for the audit and performance review panel.  She is a member of numerous other committees serving the community, including the Ascot Charitable Trust where she has acted as a trustee for several years, raising hundreds of thousands pounds for national charities.

Sayonara and Ian have four daughters – Charlotte, 28 a brand manager for Johnson & Johnson, Bianca, 27, works for EasyGroup as an Brand Protection Lawyer, Abigail, 23, is a Nuclear Engineer with the MOD and Zara, 19, has just started her first year at university studying finance.

The new Mayor, Cllr Luxton, said: “I am hugely proud to have been re-elected as Mayor and look forward to meeting and helping people and organisations across the Royal Borough. I hope to build upon my previous successes and make a positive impact on our local community in the coming year.”

The Mayor and her consort will be raising money during her term for their chosen charity of Thames Hospice.

The Deputy Mayor will be Cllr Gary Muir, ward councillor for Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury. His partner, Caron North will be Deputy Mayoress.

Outgoing Mayor, Cllr Paul Lion raised over £5,000 for his chosen charities of Royal British Legion and the Royal National Life Boat Institution (they received £2,200 each). He and his wife Laura Lion, the Mayoress attended hundreds of events on behalf of the council.

RBWM Cabinet members

Newly elected councillors with a wealth of experience have been selected to form a new cabinet following the May 2019 local borough elections.

New cabinet members with experience in the building, infrastructure, policing and finance have been announced by Cllr Simon Dudley, returning leader of the council.

To support the Royal Borough’s focus on regeneration, public protection, infrastructure, transport, housing and adults and children’s services nine new cabinet positions have been created.

Returning to the cabinet are:

  • Cllr Simon Dudley: Leader of the council and lead member Maidenhead regeneration and Maidenhead (including communications and property)
  • Cllr David Coppinger: Lead member planning and deputy leader
  • Cllr Samantha Rayner: Lead member culture and communities (inc customer and business services) and Windsor and deputy leader
  • Cllr Stuart Carroll: Lead member adults, children and health

Newly appointed cabinet members are:

  • Cllr Shamsul Shelim: Lead member HR, legal and IT (including performance management)
  • Cllr David Cannon:- Lead member public protection
  • Cllr Andrew Johnson:- Lead member infrastructure, transport policy and housing
  • Cllr Gerry Clarke:- Lead member sustainability, waste services and economic development;
  • Cllr David Hilton:- Lead member finance and Ascot;

Cllr Simon Dudley said: “I’m delighted to welcome cabinet members both new and returning to these vital roles.

“Our newly appointed cabinet brings a wealth of real world experience from different sectors and their expertise will help as we continue to progress our regeneration plans and invest in areas that matter most to our residents including housing, transport and highways and supporting the most vulnerable in our communities.

“Cabinet members will work alongside all the Royal Borough’s councillors and officers to deliver outcomes that matter most to our residents.”

Cllr Dudley also announced number of other posts including:

  • Cllr Julian Sharpe: Chair, Berkshire Pension Fund
  • Cllr John Story: Chair, Constitution Sub-Committee
  • Cllr Samantha Rayner: Employment and Members Standards Panel
  • Cllr Phil Haseler: Chair, Licensing Panel
  • Cllr Maureen Hunt: Chair, Rights of Way and Highway Licensing Panel
  • Cllr Gurch Singh: Chair, Maidenhead Town Forum
  • Cllr John Bowden: Chair, Windsor Town Forum
  • Cllr John Bowden: Chair, Aviation Forum
  • Cllr Stuart Carroll: Chair, Corporate Parenting Panel
  • Cllr David Hilton: Chair, Grants Panel
  • Cllr Stuart Carroll: Chair, School Improvement Forum
  • Cllr Donna Stimson: Chair, Maidenhead Development Management Panel
  • Cllr David Cannon: Chair, Windsor Development Management Panel
  • Cllr John Bowden: Chair, Borough wide Development Management Panel

Cllr Dudley continued: “I am confident that all councillors appointed as cabinet members or to serve as chairs on our panels will ensure that we continue to prioritise the needs of our residents as we work hard to build a borough for everyone.”

Broomhall Lane Tennis Courts to be repainted

After a thorough clean last week, the courts are due to get their new colours this week – they are closed from Tuesday 4th June at 8am until Saturday 8th June at 8am.

Please be aware, if you park at Broomhall Lane Recreation Ground – park away from the tennis courts on Tuesday and Wednesday as the paint spray will carry and we wouldn’t want a new craze of green spotty vehicles in Sunningdale!   Notices are up, you have been warned.

Level Crossing Closure – 8th / 9th June

Date & times:         From 23:30 hours on Saturday 8th June until 07:00 hours on Sunday 9th June 2019

Location:                 between its junctions with the B383 Broomhall Lane and Ridge Mount Road.

Diversion:               For eastbound traffic is from the A30 junction with Grove End (slip road) to the A322, southbound past junction 3 of the M3, to the junction with the A319 Bagshot Road.  The diversion route continues eastwards, via the A319 Vicarage Road, to Chobham following the B383 Windsor Road, then northwards via the B383 Chobham Road, to rejoin the A30 at Sunningdale.  For traffic travelling westwards the diversion will by this route reversed except the link between the A322 and the A30 is an unnamed slip road. For vehicles over 7.5 Tonnes there will be an alternative diversion in place via the M25 & M3.

Reasons:                  To facilitate level crossing maintenance works.

Applicant:              Centurion on behalf of Network Rail.

Contact:                   Ms Georgia Jackson of Centurion Traffic on behalf of Network Rail. Her telephone number is 01132 775 360