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 on: March 15, 2018, 07:29:09 AM 
Started by Snippet - Last post by CLIPPER
Well said Watchman !

Property developers like to appeal (as per a recent TV programme), they can afford to, after all, as they pass the cost on to the houses.

Cant wait for the 'voting season' to start - out with the rubbish Cllrs !

 on: March 15, 2018, 07:25:04 AM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by CLIPPER
Wonder if anymore thought of those trees? Even if a quick TPO was put on them - it wont save them.

Its funny - as when you walk along the rive and look up, you can already see one ugly house (looks like it should be a Golf Club House) and with this particular proposed building they seem to make it clear that its to be inset within the ground more - I assume because its been highlighted so many times how the other one sticks out like a sore thumb where RBWM Planners have no understanding of the area they are approving plans for.

The old sewage works does lend itself to be redeveloped, especially if it saves Cookham elsewhere - and does it help 'knock - off' another housing target for the area - as in 1 down, another 4999 to build? But I agree... conservation of the area also needs to be taken into account.

Watching a previous TV programme on development - one of the developers wanting to build all over the green belt made a comment to the residents ''No-One has the right to a view'' - I wonder how this sentence would be used for this developer and those trees that screen the sewage works currently ??

Playing devils advocate here  Roll Eyes

 on: March 14, 2018, 04:14:32 PM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by monty
Seems quite honest and interesting questions to me. Hope its thrown out

 on: March 14, 2018, 03:48:57 PM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by Watchman
A new building on the old sewage works is the very last thing this village needs.
A very large, modernistic two storey house would stick out like a sore thumb.
But then again, it might just win the New Design Award proffered by the Cookham Society (who are objecting) !
A few considerations:
Rubbish Collection : Would the occupants drag their bins all the way to the top of the hill (by the 17th tee) ?
or would the refuse trucks crawl all the way down the concreted path, only to find they would be unable to
do a three point turn to return up the track!
Trees:  Would all the trees that presently front the sewage works have to be cut down in order to afford the
house owner the spectacular views of the meadow and the river beyond ... something the new house-owner would have sought
to do when he bought the land in the first place! Why buy a plot when you have a forest blocking your views?!
Footpaths:  Would the present footpaths alongside the sewage works be cordoned off and mined in order to stop people using it?
Golf Course :  Once built, would the owners of the house then complain when golf balls start screaming over their fence into their
privileged garden - and then (like with cricket clubs up and down the country) seek to have Winter Hill Golf club terminated and closed,
citing mortal danger to the houses' residents from flying objects pinging through their windows?!

These questions, albeit tongue in cheek, are quite pertinent and must be answered!!

 on: March 14, 2018, 03:31:07 PM 
Started by Snippet - Last post by Watchman
I'm all for democracy and as they say a change is as good as a rest. But as far as planning is concerned, it wont make much difference who runs RBWM, they'll be subject to the same planning rules/laws and developers know it.

No they would not.
There are ways and means of "getting around" planning rules and laws, especially when it comes to building
on greenbelt; compact housing developments which sees villages "embraced" into established towns; and, not to
put it too mildly, the voice of the people.

This present council rejects the voice of the people out of hand. They claim to "listen" but they never hear.
It is, through its leader, arrogant to the extreme and 'sublimely' runs very close to the wind where developers are concerned.

A balanced council chamber will ensure that democracy DOES return to the RBWM corridors of power and arrogance disappears -
thus reversing the current trend of power in the corridors deferring democracy ad nauseam.

And remember, developers are merely an extension of the powers allocated to them by councillors.
It is the newly elected councillors who will really matter ... openly and transparently representing the people who voted them in.

 on: March 13, 2018, 09:34:12 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by James Hatch
There was a farmhouse, which today is known as Eastgate. This grade II listed building has also some Hatch connections as you will find out in this clip.

So turn up your sound.

 on: March 13, 2018, 09:22:35 PM 
Started by James Hatch - Last post by James Hatch
This Clip I hot just before Christmas on the Island of Rarotonga. The camera I used was a GoPro Hero 5. Set at 1081 and at 60 frames per second. The editor is Wondershare Filmora. The colour was set in the camera at Protune.

So turn up your sound.

 on: March 13, 2018, 03:07:02 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
We are still looking for a vulnerable missing person in Ascot, who went missing on Saturday morning  We understand, he suffers from dementia

A new Protocol was agreed Nationally in January, to assist with locating missing vulnerable people  ‘The Herbert Protocol’

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On that page, you will find further links to an ‘Adult at Risk Form’ and an ‘Adult at Risk Profile’

The Adult at Risk Form: is very comprehensive and lists everything, we might need to know to find that person if they go missing; including a photo, dates of birth, full description, ethnicity etc  The form requests that you:

‘Please complete Part 1 and keep this profile in a safe place, so that it can be quickly and easily located, in the event that the person it refers to, goes missing You may want to make several copies, which can be kept by carers, relatives or neighbours Only complete Part 2, at the time the person you care for, goes missing’

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There are also several pieces of technology that can help:

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 on: March 13, 2018, 07:45:55 AM 
Started by Snippet - Last post by CLIPPER
Seems democracy is for the selective few.

Who would honestly plough their savings into a venture, not knowing if the site would get planning? -  'doggy day care' surly is not a modern day agricultural use ?

If a 'normal' resident tried doing this business from a 'sound' property in Cookham - RBWM would be all over them like a rash. 

Lets hope, should planning for this business gets approved, that some 'clause' gets put on the agreed plans that the site cant not be lived on to hopefully protect this corner of Cookham for the future generations.

 on: March 13, 2018, 07:25:38 AM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by CLIPPER
And they used a word to describe the land they were building on... like it was 'redundant' (cant think what the word was now.. so off to watch on I Player).

Did feel sorry for the farmer, having to sell land of to redevelopers, where he said we was nieve regarding the value of such land, but he had to sell to build his new one man farm / buildings, as he had two sons that may/may not wish to join him in the future in farming  Roll Eyes

Is there not something about inheritance tax also if your a farmer, where you don't have to pay it / so much?

If you come across a farm for sale, such places are normally cheaper to buy as there is an agricultural tie to them... meaning, in order to buy  you really need to be a farmer.

Think I may change my career, become a farmer / part time property developer and retire early with a small holding  Grin

So - to the sewage works redevelopment:

Surly this is the start of changing Terry's Lane ? yes its good to use this site, be discreet and infill - but why one large house with swimming pool etc ? why not two semi houses? answering this need for more housing, and thus saving the green belt elsewhere?

Sorry for being cynical - but I look at what is happening to Cookham, its changing really quickly and seems without any care or thought. Build within character, invest in decent materials (not breeze block and render), build to last, and instead of building one large house, build two semi's to provide more housing. This will save large areas being being built on with silly 'lego' looking houses.

Rant over

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