NEWS FROM BURNHAM PARISH COUNCIL
CLLR ALAN SAMSON
It's with great sadness that we report the death of Cllr Alan Samson.
Alan had been a dedicated parish councillor since 2010 and served as Vice-Chairman from 2012 to 2017.
He served as a district councillor representing Burnham for many years up until his death, and also played a very active role in many local organisations.
He will be very much missed.
ANNUAL REPORT 2016/17
The Parish Council has now published its annual report for the past year. You can download it here
THREE NEW COUNCILLORS
We're delighted to announce that more councillors have been co-opted onto the Parish Council, filling the three remaining seats - Muzaffar Ahmad, Atiq Bhatti, and John Carey.
WE NEED YOUR HELP – PING PONG IN THE PARK
A Parish Council scheme to install two outdoor table tennis tables in Burnham Park has been shortlisted along with two others for a grant through the Tesco Bags of Help scheme.
The three shortlisted projects will get £5k, £2k, and £1k respectively, depending on the number of votes they are given by Tesco customers in local stores throughout March and April.
We need the help of all Burnham residents to help us get the top award. If successful, we could see the tables in Burnham Park for this summer!
Whenever you visit Tesco* between 1st March and 29th April, please ask for a token at the till and place it in the ‘Ping Pong in the Park’ box located near the shop entrance.
*Any store in Burnham, Slough, Maidenhead, or Farnham Common.
For more details, contact the Parish Clerk, Sheridan Edward, on 01628 550385 / firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summers Road Free Parking Review
Burnham Parish Council and South Bucks District Council established a one-hour free car parking scheme in the Summers Road car park in October 2015.
We're carrying out a review of its effectiveness and we'd like your feedback on how you feel the scheme has been working, and whether you feel it represents good value.
The scheme is funded through monies provided by the developer of the Bishop Centre Retail Park to offset any detrimental impact of the development on Burnham High Street. £40,000 from the fund has been set aside to pay for the scheme.
For more information on the scheme, please contact the Parish Clerk, Sheridan Edward, on 01628 550385 / email@example.com.
The consultation ends on Friday 17th February at 5pm.
Thank you for participating!
Jennery Lane toilets reopen!
We are delighted to report that the public conveniences on Jennery Lane have now re-opened, and we are grateful to our residents for your patience whilst the building work was completed.
The opening times are:
Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm
Saturday and Sunday 9am to 5pm
Barry Malki and Jean McGiffen join the Council
We're very pleased to announce that two new members were co-opted onto the Council at the meeting on 23rd January 2017. Barry Malki will be representing the Burnham Beeches ward, and Jean McGiffen the Lent Rise ward.
Temporary Traffic Regulation Order - Five Points junction & Station Road
Major improvement works at Slough’s Five Points junction and Burnham Railway Station are scheduled to begin on Monday 6 February. The work at Five Points will involve improving the road layout and putting in ‘intelligent’ traffic lights that sense traffic queues and adjust the lights accordingly.
Some night-time road closures will be needed at different stages of the project. Advance warning boards will be put up beforehand.
Temporary traffic lights and partial lane closures will be in place for longer periods and will vary depending on which branch of the junction the council’s contractor (Amey) is working on.
Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times, although it may involve diverting people from their usual routes.
Bus stops will be relocated as and when necessary. Slough Borough Council is currently liaising with Amey and First Bus Group to agree details.
The work at Burnham Railway Station will involve putting in new 20mph speed limits, improving pedestrian access, increasing parking and upgrading junctions. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. For a map of the improvements please visit http://www.slough.gov.uk/parking-travel-and-roads/burnham-station-and-access-improvements-scheme.aspx
The work at Five Points and the station is due to be completed by June.
Please note: this is a Slough Borough Council scheme. Please contact them at the link above for further details.
Council welcomes three new members
We're delighted to announce the co-option of three new parish councillors to the Burnham Beeches ward of the Parish Council: Pat Bird, Lola Owolabi, and Paula Prince.
Parish Council resurfaces Burnham Park footpath
The Parish Council has completed a project to resurface the footpath around Burnham Park using a £12,000 grant award from Tesco as part of its Bags of Help grant scheme.
With the remaining funds, the Council will be putting in 100m markers to help runners and walkers with their exercise.
For more information, contact the Parish Clerk, Sheridan Edward, on 01628 550385 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Council installs defibrillators
Earlier this year, Burnham Parish Council led a fundraising campaign to provide five 24/7 public-access defibrillators for the local community. With the help of The Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches, Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution, and Maidenhead First Responders, they have now exceeded their target, providing not five, but six defibrillators!
Public-access defibrillators are being used more and more around the world to help patients with sudden cardiac arrest. They are located in public places and can be accessed 24 hours a day. They automatically diagnose a patient’s condition and, if appropriate, can deliver a shock to re-establish an effective rhythm. They are designed to be simple to use, and by any member of the public, without the need for any training.
Sudden cardiac arrest happens to around 1 in 1000 of the population each year, making it one of the country’s largest killers. The potential for saving life is time-dependent. Clinical studies suggest you have less than 5 minutes from the event to save the life, this decreasing by up to 23% per minute. AEDs can provide a vital lifeline in many cases of sudden cardiac arrest, not only saving lives but by providing a quick response, can help improve the survivor’s quality of life.
The six defibrillators have been installed and are ready to use, ensuring that every resident in Burnham is within a five minute round journey of a public-access defibrillator. The defibrillators have been installed in the following locations:
- Burnham Park Hall
- Burnham Health Centre
- Burnham Beeches café
- Esso Petrol Station, Lent Rise Road
- Jolly Woodman Pub, Littleworth Common
- Terry Eames Fire & Security, Nursery Road
The project has been such a huge success due to the support of local residents, businesses, and very generous donations. The Parish Council would like to thank the following for their support:
- The Rotary Club of Burnham Beeches – a donation of £3,000 in memory of Rotarian Michael Brining
- Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution Resilient Communities Fund - £3,000
- Cheryl Mathews and Maidenhead Community First Responders for donating two defibrillators
- May’s Chocolate House – £250 from an Easter Bunny raffle
- Think! Burnham – £205 grant
- Cllr Paul Kelly, Parish Council Chairman’s Fund – £145
- All the host locations, and in particular Roger Herbert at Burnham Health Centre; Marianne Hancox at the Jolly Woodman; Andre Lotter and the staff at the Esso Petrol Station; Martin Hartup and Deborah Harris at Burnham Beeches; and Derek Hall at Terry Eames Fire & Security
- And all the individual donors
Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS)
The Vehicle Activated Sign (VAS), which detects vehicle speed is up and running around the Parish. It moves on a monthly basis between the following 6 positions :
• Dropmore Road
• Dropmore Road School 1
• Hogfair Lane
• Dropmore Road School 2
• Fairfield Road
• Lent Rise Road
It will be on Fairfield Road in November, Lent Rise Road in December, Dropmore Road in January and so forth.