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 on: March 23, 2019, 01:28:43 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
We are looking at revamping cookham.com as we have not done it for nearly ten years. Any feedback on what you like about cookham.com, anything you would like added and anything you don't like would be appreciated. We would like to make it as interactive as possible. The only thing is it is run by volunteers and we have no financial support, so it may take a while.

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 on: March 23, 2019, 01:24:51 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
The revamping or complete redevelopment of the Nicholsons Centre will be in the spotlight tomorrow Friday and Saturday, and it seems that the new owners want to know what local people think.  The success of the centre is crucial to the future prosperity of central Maidenhead (and thus of the new Heritage centre).  There is an exhibition tomorrow from 1345-1730 and again on Saturday between 1100 and 1600.  For more information there is a website www.jtp.co.uk/projects/maidenhead

 


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 on: March 22, 2019, 10:21:32 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Bagheera
Call me old fashioned but if I want to talk to my neighbours I tend to go round and ring the doorbell.

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 on: March 22, 2019, 05:42:25 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by grumpyoldgit
I agree with lizzyk - nextdoor.co.uk is very useful and informative, and I have used it on a number of occasions. There's also a Cookham page on Facebook, again, a very useful source of information and advice.

I think Cookham.com is a great site, but badly in need of a makeover - things have moved on a lot since it was first developed.

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 on: March 22, 2019, 05:26:52 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
FIRST: ANOTHER COURIER FRAUD:
 
The aggrieved, who lives in Windsor, received a phone call on the 15th March, from someone purporting to be a police officer.  The PC explained that someone had used his bank card, to remove £300 from an ATM machine and spent £449 in a shop.  Shortly afterwards he was called by someone who said he was a sergeant from the Fraud Department.  The Sgt explained that as there had been fraud on his bank account, he should place all his funds into a safeguarding account. To ensure his money was safe. He could either transfer £20,000 into the safe account, or withdraw £14,000 in cash and the other £6,000 in foreign currency.  The aggrieved chose the latter and withdrew the foreign currency from a supermarket.  He was asked for all notes to be placed into a paper envelope and not to touch it.  A man purporting to be a police cadet came and collected it.  He and a member of the fraud department arranged to come back next week, when he had the rest of the cash. The aggrieved now believes something was odd and realised it was a scam and reported it to us.  He was alarmed that he had given the scammer all his personal details, so they knew where he lived.  Police PCSOs have visited him to day, to ensure he is OK.
 
The advice given:
 
Call Blocking
Most service providers offer some form of call blocking service which would mean that it may be possible to block the number that is calling. If victim contacts their service provider direct they should be able to advise the victim.
 
Telephone Preference Service
Although I appreciate this instance has been identified as a scam call I would recommend victim registering with the Telephone Preference Service which is a central opt out register where you can record your preference not to receive unsolicited sales or marketing calls.
https://www.tpsonline.org.uk/tps/index.html
 
CIFAS – Protective Registration
Sadly it is not uncommon for victim’s details to be added to what is known as a “Victims List” which gets sold onto other scammers. For a fee of £20 for 2 years “Protective Registration” will assist in protecting against identity fraud and from fraudsters using personal details to apply for products and services.
https://www.cifas.org.uk/services/identity-protection/protective-registration
 
Credit Reports
It is recommended that the victim keeps a check on their credit report. The 3 main credit reference agencies in the UK are Experian, Call Credit and Equifax. Further details can be provided on this if required.
 
 
JUST TO ADD - I have had reports of Nottingham Knockers in Windsor  - The young lads and now girls who go door to door selling household products.  this week in Frances Road and others.  Please be on your guard and remember our NHW Motto
 
I AM SORRY, I DO NOT BUY GOODS AND SERVICES AT THE DOOR !
 
 
NEXT: I have been asked by Sarah at Trading Standards, to send this message out:

 
Please can you put into on alert the following:-
 
We have been made aware of a spate of doorstep crimes, relating to the power washing and sealing of driveways, in the Maidenhead area. We have very few details other than no paperwork is being given. A reasonable quote is given at first and work starts immediately. Payment is soon requested - in cash. As the work progresses, the price is escalated and consumers feel intimidated, into giving large amounts of cash for little/poor quality work.
 
We only have a description of three men, one with an Irish accent who may be driving, a white transit type van.
 
If anybody is offered driveway work from a cold call, we would advise them not to deal with doorstep traders. If they see anybody doing this type of work on driveways of neighbours’, particularly if they are elderly or vulnerable and are concerned if it is safe to do so, take down any vehicle registrations and report the matter either on the police non emergency number 101, or alternatively / as well as, to ourselves, via the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 03454 04 05 06.
 
Many thanks.
 
Sarah Stevens
Trading Standards Officer
Trading Standards Service
Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead
 
CRIME
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
20/3 - 21/3  Wednesday 6 p.m. / Thursday 6.30 p.m.  Summerleaze Road.  Site broken into and fuel storage containers broken into, but nothing stolen.  900 litres of fuels stolen from lorries.
21/3  Thursday 4 p.m.  Car park, St Cloud Way.  A witness saw a boy and girl spraying graffiti in a stairwell.
20/3  Wednesday 7.45 p.m.  High Street.  A witness reported a car with its rear window smashed.  Not yet reported to us - unknown if anything stolen.
20/3  Wednesday 2.30 / 5.30 p.m.  St. Ives Road. Locked up bike stolen from a bike rack.  A black, Trek Allant, hybrid bike.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
20/3 - 21/3  Wednesday 8 p.m. / Thursday 7.20 a.m.  Farm, Drift Road.  Caravan stolen.  The aggrieved lives in it !  It is a white & grey, Hobby Prestige caravan.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
20/3  Wednesday 5 a.m. / 6 a.m.  Great Hill Crescent.  Garage break.  Marks found on the garage door frame, but the van outside also targeted.  Gardening equipment stolen.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
20/3  Wednesday 7.45 p.m.  Beaufort Place.  A witness reports their neighbour’s car has been broken into.  Window smashed, but not yet reported by the owner.  Not known if anything stolen.
At a recent meeting speeding was raised with regard to Braywick Road.  I have followed this up with tony Carr and the outsourced Highways department.  I have had this reply:
 
Hi
 
We don’t have any particularly recent surveys for the Braywick Road. I will get some fresh surveys ordered. However the last surveys that we carried out in 2012, would indicate that the ‘typical’ speed of traffic in each direction was around 42mph. There are a small proportion of speeding drivers, who are probably very visible to local residents, but the overall figures would indicate that there isn’t a speeding problem. It is nevertheless a very busy section road and I can understand that people would have difficulty crossing, especially at busy times. The Council is planning to introduce a signal controlled crossing within the next 12 to 18 months.
 
Although there are speed cameras on this section of road, one has been damaged due to vandalism and I’m not aware of the last time that the other camera was used. The Council has decided, not to fund repairs to the damaged camera, due to ‘wet film’ cameras now being obsolete. We have recommended that this site be upgraded to new digital cameras, but I understand that TVP, have identified other sites as being a priority for upgrades. I understand that one reason for this has been a reduction in the number of speeding offences that had been detected, which would suggest a decrease in overall traffic speeds.   
 
In the past, TVP have deployed a mobile camera van in the area that has enforced both directions on the Braywick Road as well as the service road, but again I’m not sure the last time that this was used. I would hope that this was still an option for TVP to address speeding concerns, raised by local residents.
 
Realistically, speed camera enforcement is the only practical means of speed management, on a busy dual carriageway such as this.
 
Please let me know if there are further queries about this.
 
Regards
 
Tony
 
 
Tony Carr BSc (Hons) MSc CMILT MCIHT
Principal Engineer
 
Email to: rbwm.traffic@projectcentre.co.uk
 

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 on: March 22, 2019, 03:22:32 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
First:  A recent case of cold callers in Windsor.  Some men called at the door and the Aggrieved agreed to have some gardening work done.  The price agreed - £10,000 !  The aggrieved was then  asked to pay a deposit by bank transfer of £1,350 - which she did.  She has never seen them since and no work has been done.
 
CRIME
MAIDENHEAD CENTRAL:
maidenheadcentralnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
15/3 - 16/3  St. Ives Road.  The owner returned to their car to find the windows blackened from smoke and ash, and damage to the steering column with multiple wires exposed, where it appears that someone has tried to hotwire it.
15/3 - 16/3  Friday 2.30 p.m. / Saturday 12.35 p.m.  Fairford Road.  Car badly keyed.
 
RIVERSIDE & BELMONT:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.
 
MAIDENHEAD WEST
maidenheadwestnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BISHAM, COOKHAM, HURLEY, THE WALTHAMS, LITTLEWICK GREEN & KNOWL HILL:
15/3 - 16/3  Friday 5 p.m. / Saturday 10.45 a.m.  Temple Lane, Bisham. Bar broken into by forcing 2 locks.  They have then entered the bar area and stolen alcohol.
 
PINKNEYS GREEN & FURZE PLATT:
16/3  Saturday 10.25 p.m.  Office unit, St. Peter’s Road.  Burglary.  Offenders threw a paving slab to smash a window, then climbed inside.  CCTV shows three offenders.  This activated a protective device, which sprayed the offenders with a UV die, which is almost impossible to remove from the body and clothing !
16/3 - 17/3  Saturday 10 p.m. / Sunday 6 a.m.  Stable & Shed, Darling’s Lane.  Shed break - access to the property was via a gate, rammed with a car.  Gardening equipment & quad bike stolen.
16/3  Saturday 11.45 p.m.  Furze Platt Road.  Car window smashed - vandalism.
16/3 - 17/3  Friday / Saturday Moorlands Drive.  House being built - copper piping stolen.
17/3  Sunday 5.15 a.m.  Halifax Road.  CCTV shows a man walking up to the house and looking in the windows.  He enterd the house and exits with a tool.  The hen approached a car on the driveway, which HE ENTERS BY UNKNOWN MEANS - he searches the car and moves on without stealing anything.  
 
MAIDENHEAD SOUTH
maidenheadsouthnhpt@thamesvalley.pnn.police.uk
BOYN HILL, COX GREEN & WOODLANDS PARK:
17/3  Sunday 6.25 p.m.  Badger Close.  Glass window in a garden room damaged, possibly by a pellet from a BB gun.
 
OLDFIELD & BRAY:
NO CRIME TO REPORT.

 7 
 on: March 21, 2019, 03:20:01 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by lizzyk
Is it https://nextdoor.co.uk, I use it and it just covers the Cookham area for us. I actually find it great as you can ask for recommendations on suppliers, plumbers, lawyers etc. People selling things or giving things away for free and also just general questions.

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 on: March 21, 2019, 03:13:16 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Cat
Just wondering if anyone else has been mailshot by this organisation?

The describe themselves as:

Nextdoor is the private social network for you, your neighbors and your community. It's the easiest way for you and your neighbors to talk online and make all of your lives better in the real world. And it's free.

Thousands of neighborhoods are already using Nextdoor to build happier, safer places to call home.


The spelling of the word 'neighbor' is a clue as to where this organisation has its origins.

Personally, I'm more than happy with our own Cookham.com but irritated by the slickness of this targeting.

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 on: March 19, 2019, 02:39:39 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
A project to reinstate the watercourse in Eton has been officially opened following investment by the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.

The work has seen water flow again after 80 years through Eton passing under Baldwin’s Bridge, which was originally put in place for Queen Elizabeth I to make access to and from the castle quicker.

The money has also funded the restoration of Barnes Pool and its garden and will be open for the public to enjoy.

Councillor Samantha Rayner, cabinet member for culture and communities, said: “I am delighted that we were able to provide funding for this unique project that will rejuvenate a part of Eton to its former glory and will benefit residents and visitors to Eton.

“Eton Community Association and Eton Town Council have secured funding from a variety of sources to ensure this project went ahead and it is great news that they have been able to complete this scheme.”

The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead funded an additional capital budget of £100,000 for the scheme which cost a total of £125,000.

Ros Rivaz, chair of the Eton Community Association, said: “Without the support of the council, all our sponsors, and the fabulous experts and companies who have been able to advise and support us, we could not have achieved this fantastic project.”

As well as restoring water to Barnes Pool, water should flow into the South Meadow brook and improve drainage on South Meadow Lane.

Councillor Malcolm Alexander, ward member for Eton & Castle, added: “What has been extremely rewarding about this project is the team spirit and the community involvement from day one. It is a legacy that everyone in Eton should be proud of.”

 10 
 on: March 18, 2019, 10:32:11 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Watchman
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Clearly the intention is to sell to a "connected" developer who'll landbank the plot until he can get planning permission.

In which case watch out for " cattle field shelters" popping up all over the place (where no cattle have ever tread) - as the
precursor to erections on land ahead of planning application submissions.

An age old trick to dupe councillors into accepting that - as no objections were raised against the field shelters being erected -
then it naturally follows that the building of houses on said land would be a given.

A cunning plan - currently in use all over the Cookhams - by a certain resident farmer who will remain nameless.

All that's needed is patience ….

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