UNCONFIRMED MINUTES of meeting held on Wednesday 7 March 2018 in the Community Room of the WE Cricket Club
Present: Linda Derrick (Chairman), Ian Guy (IG) (Secretary), Jasia Hatt (JH) (Treasurer), Beryl Guy (BG), Stan Jones (SJ), Ann McCarthy (AM), John Marchant (JM), Marianne Tyler (MT), Catherine Wetherell (CW) and David Winterburn (DW).
1. APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCEACTION
Daniel Fairless, John Hatt, Hugh McCarthy, Pauline Smith and Shona Tucker.
2. MINUTES OF MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY 7 FEBRUARY 2018
These minutes were confirmed as a true record and a copy was signed by the Chairman.
3. MATTERS ARISING
Best Kept Village competition The meeting decided that Widmer End would enter the 2018 competition for the DeFraine Cup. Dan Fairless had already signalled his willingness to brighten up the Windmill Parade with flowers IG and shrubs purchased out of WERA funds, as last year, and it was decided to accept his offer. It was hoped also that he could be prevailed upon to organise a working party to help in this task. MT said CW she would ask him.
It was decided to run a litter pick on Saturday 19 May. JM would sort out bags, jackets and grabbers JM for this job. MT suggested Widmer End School could perhaps run its own litter pick the previous day, after school hours. SJ will approach the school authorities. MT,SJ
Roadside trees Sally Clark, Arboricultural Officer at Wycombe District Council (WDC), had replied to a letter from LD, outlining the Council's tree-related policy and asking for more details of what WERA had in mind. Hugh HM McCarthy is going to speak to Ms Clark. As regards Hughenden Parish Council (HPC), it is believed that the Council is none too keen on providing roadside trees as they hinder verge mowing – now HPC's responsibility following devolution of some environmental services from Bucks County Council (BCC). LD will keep HPC in the picture regarding WERA's involvement with WDC. LD
Easter Parade Lyn Marchant had written on WEFAH's behalf to seek clarification on some of the issues raised at the February meeting and in later correspondence. The meeting reaffirmed its full support of the event, and agreed to widen the scope of WERA's grant (see February minutes) to include not just Easter eggs JH but anything bought to enhance the event, up to a value of £150 which would be paid once an invoice had been received from WEFAH. MT thanked the committee members present for their support of the Parade. JM hoped that members could supply some cakes for the refreshments.
Children's Centres BCC has decided to close them all throughout the county. A consultation is in progress on their sites' future but apparently this does not appear to include the Hazlemere Children's Centre, which shares a building with Hazlemere Library. LD will write to Cllr Katrina Wood asking for information, LD particularly concerning the library and the possibility of its expanding into the former centre.
In addition to the emails mentioned above, BCC had sent, as an attachment, the Bucks Minerals & Waste Local Plan, Proposed Submission Plan. LD had looked at this document but could not find anything relating specifically to Widmer End.
The financial position of WERA as on 28 February 2018 was:
Current account £5094.17 Deposit account £3131.19 Total £8225.36
6. REPORTS FROM COUNTY, DISTRICT AND/OR PARISH COUNCILLORS
Bucks County Council, Wycombe District Council – In the absence of any councillor from either BCC or WDC, no report was available.
Hughenden Parish Council – SJ reported that the Parish Precept for 2018 had been set at about 2% higher than last year's level. HPC is still getting to grips with devolution from BCC of many environmental services. It often appears to some residents that problems such as overgrown footpaths are being ignored, whereas the truth may be simply that no-one has told the Council about them. SJ urged people to pass any concerns about such matters to the Parish Office. ALL
The Council has formulated a new strategy and revised its grants policy. Details can be found on the HPC website. Attention is also focused on improving the use and attractiveness of the allotments throughout the Parish, including what to do about unused or abandoned plots.
Terriers Farm IG reported on a meeting of the Terriers Farm Liaison Group the previous day, which HM had also attended. Copies of WDC's updated Development Brief were now available and were expected to be ratified by the Council on 12th March. This 'Adoption Draft 2018' was broadly similar to the draft for comment issued in 2016, but the environmental provisions have been strengthened and there is ow a clear preference for a second access point to the site that cuts through woodland to link with Amersham Road rather than running through Hazlemere Rec.
It was sadly noted that none of the suggestions put forward by WERA in 2016 had been adopted by WDC. These comprised a health/community centre, a bus service through the estate, a primary school and a small shop, the aim being “that Terriers Farm should not be developed as a faceless housing estate but should instead have a personality of its own”, enabling it “to take its rightful place as a viable and vibrant extension to the town of High Wycombe” (extracted from our letter of 3 March 2016 to the Planning Policy Team at WDC).
The developers have not yet presented their own scheme for development of this site.
Local Plan No further information.
8. STREET ASSOCIATION
All are welcome to come to the forthcoming meetings of the Street Association at Hughenden Valley (14 March) and Great Kingshill (16 March). The SA now has 89 members, but the target is 150 so more volunteers are needed.
SJ reminded the meeting that there is a form in the starter pack on which members are invited to tell their own experiences of working with the SA. This will provide feedback which in turn should boost funding.
9. WIDMER END NEWS
The Spring 2018 issue had just been printed but had not yet been distributed because of the snowy weather. It was hoped to start delivery two days hence. DW volunteered to deliver copies to Four DW Ashes, and was thanked for this.
10. ROADS AND TRAFFIC
MVAS (Motor Vehicle Activated Signs) – Two machines were now available for use in Widmer End, together with their batteries and chargers. These would be lighter and more manageable than the previous devices.
[Post-meeting note: A team of four – Barry Hughes, Linda Derrick, Ian Guy and Ray Laker – has now been put in charge of these MVASes and has started to deploy them at specified locations.]
Community Speedwatch – An exercise has taken place, with help from pupils at Widmer End School.
The red stripe across North Road marking a recommended crossing point has still not been repainted after the recent resurfacing.
11. HUGHENDEN NEIGHBOURHOOD ACTION GROUP (HNAG) / CRIME AND SECURITY
SJ said that burglary is increasing in the area, and cuts in Police espenditure have made it even more important that everyone should take reasonable precautions to protect their own property. ALL
12. VILLAGE HALL AND RECREATION GROUND
A problem in the gents' toilets has now been fixed.
Volunteers have been working on the compost heap.
13. FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Easter Monday, 2 April: Easter Parade at Widmer End Recreation Ground, 12.00 noon to 4.00 pm.
14. FUTURE MEETINGS IN 2018
4 April, 2 May, 6 June, 4 July (AGM), 5 September, 3 October, 7 November and 5 December.
Unless otherwise stated, all meetings except (probably) the AGM will be held in the cricket pavilion behind the Village Hall, Grange Road.
15. ANY OTHER BUSINESS
IG asked about some forthcoming data-protection legislation which may compel anyone with a mailing list to check that everyone on the list has positively agreed to be kept on the list. There was no certainty that this would apply to WERA's list for circulating agendas and minutes of our meetings, but it was still felt wise to assume this was the case. IG will add such a request to his next circulation, which will consist of these minutes and the agenda for the April meeting. IG