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 on: November 27, 2018, 06:36:04 PM 
Started by Housejar - Last post by Merriman
It is also the Santa fun run in Marlow in the morning of the same day, 2nd December, so Marlow High Street and I believe the bridge will also be closed.

Although I can't find info about the bridge closure online, I thought I saw some signs on the bridge itself recently?

 on: November 27, 2018, 03:30:59 PM 
Started by Cat - Last post by Cat
I popped in to this lovely little bookshop today. Although small and is just starting their business, they already have a nice selection of books.
Bought two, and this weather is perfect for curling up and reading.
I wish them every success. Great addition to the village ethos.

 on: November 27, 2018, 02:36:35 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Cookham Webmaster
It is that time of year again, when the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) asks for bids to be submitted, to the Police property Act Fund.
The Police Property Act Fund is a joint fund, managed by the PCC and the Chief Constable and is distributed to local community and voluntary groups.
The Fund is created, from money recovered by the police and the proceeds from the sale of items that cannot be returned to identified owners, which includes seizures from criminals.  It is distributed twice a year.
Each funding round, involves a grant application form which applicants are required to evidence, how they help to achieve a specific objective of the PCCs Police and Crime Plan.  Previous rounds, have included 'reducing reoffending' and 'protecting vulnerable people'.
This time, the criteria are:
Vulnerability - mental Health / Elder abuse / Hidden harm / Criminal Justice Experience.
Prevention and Early Intervention - Cybercrime / Peer to Peer abuse / Female Genital Mutilation / Hate Crime / Road safety / Technological Surveillance.
This Fund is an opportunity for Community and Voluntary Groups to get involved and assist the PCC and Thames Valley Police, in tackling and reducing crime.
The Guidance document, sets out, who you need to be / represent and what you will need to do, in order to qualify and submit an appropriate bid.
The closing date is 9 a.m. on Monday 17th December 2018.
In October 2018, the PCC provided grants totalling £97,950 to 20 separate organisations
Generally, any Community Group / charities engaged in activities covered by the criteria can apply.  That includes Residents Associations, Lunch Clubs, Day Centres, carers groups, Parish Councils etc.  The definition is very wide and is inclusive !
If you are interested in applying, we would strongly advise that you build relationships with your local policing team, as this is one of the key criteria in the application process.
There is a Guidance Document setting out everything you need to know about the process - which is surprisingly simple
Link to Guidance Document

Application forms are completed online,
at the PCCs website:
As always - you have to be in it to win it !!!
If you are a community group and are working in any of the above fields, just submit a bid.  The money has to go to someone - it might as well be you !!!

 on: November 27, 2018, 01:30:39 AM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
I have a police report of someone knocking on house doors saying he has come to check their boilers.  From the reports we have - he has no ID, no Hi Viz jacket and no van.
Please remember our watchword:
Certainly no-one comes in on a spurious excuse of checking your boiler without some initial paperwork from you !
Please pass this to everyone you know.
NEXT:  We have had more scam calls from fraudsters, purporting to be the HMRC.  Saying that you owe a lot of back tax from 1985.  It is very threatening. Saying they will prosecute you immediately for this amount if you do not agree to pay it online now.  We have had hundreds of these over the last few months and they are all scam calls.
Please let everyone you know that this is a scam and not to worry !
This happened in Ascot, but the advice is useful for everyone.
23/11 - 24/11Friday 9 p.m. / Saturday 6.30 a.m.  Murray Court.  Car window damaged with a wooden beam - 2 bags of spa products stolen.  While police carried out house to house enquiries a Neighbour checked their CCTV, which showed a man walking up and down their driveway checking the car door handles - and the front door !  Fortunately everything was secure and they walked away.  If I put out a crime and you live nearby and have CCTV, can you please check it.  Like this Neighbour, you may have been targeted, but having good security, not a victim of any crime.
23/11 - 24/11  Friday 2 p.m. / Saturday 11 p.m.  High Street.  Bike locked to a lamppost stolen.  A silver Dawes, mans, racing bike.
23/11  Friday 5.30 p.m. / 6.30 p.m.  Leisure Pool Car park, St. Cloud Way.  Locked up bike stolen.  A white, Giant hybrid bike.
24/11 - 25/11  Saturday 4.30 p.m. / Sunday 0.40 a.m.  Station Approach.  Locked up bike stolen from a bike shed at the station.  A black Giant, mountain bike.
23/11  Friday 9.45 p.m. / 10.45 p.m.  School Lane Cookham.  Car rear windscreen smashed - BRIEFCASE AND CONTENTS stolen
25/11  Sunday 10.30 a.m.  Harrow lane.  Car badly keyed.
25/11 - 26/11  Sunday 5 p.m. / Monday 12.15 p.m.  Highfield Lane.  Car driverís side window smashed - PURSE stolen.
24/11  Saturday 8 a.m. / 10.35 p.m.  Braywick Road.  Burglary.  Access to ground floor flay via small top window.  Messy search of the bedroom.  iPad and laptop stolen.
25/11  Sunday midnight / 5 p.m.  Stompits Road, Holyport.  Burglary.  Entry via forced rear patio doors.  Untidy search.  High value jewellery (Rolex Airking wristwatch, gold jewellery, a pair of Lacoste trainers, car keys and the black Audi TT index K * SYP stolen from the road.  The car passed several ANPR cameras across Windsor at around 5.20 p.m.  It may then have had itís index plates changed for a cloned / mirror set of plates, as it also hits ANPR in Leicestershire at the same time !
25/11  Sunday 10 p.m.  Byland Drive.  Burglary.  Entry via possibly forced rear door.  House searched including kitchen cupboards and wall key box.  Jewellery, clock, two gold wedding bands, wristwatches and cash stolen.

 on: November 26, 2018, 07:56:23 PM 
Started by aj - Last post by Cat

Thank you for your post regarding some dog owners allowing their dogs to chase the wild geese that live on the local river banks.
I have written to both Copas Farms and Marlow National Trust regarding this issue.
I have not as yet received a reply from Copas Farms but please see below the reply from Marlow National Trust:

The Marlow National Trust is only a supporter group of The National Trust.
We are not in a position to have any influence on a matter of this nature.
However, we suggest that you contact The National Trust at Swindon direct and advise
them of the issue.
It may also be worth contacting the RSPB and informing them of the situation.

Kind Regards
Roy May

 on: November 26, 2018, 04:11:06 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Merriman
Hi Watchman,

I assume when you say junction cameras in Singapore, that you are referring to number plate recognition cameras? I think you will find we have quite a few of them over here as well. I suspect, though can not confirm, that the cameras on the A404 mounted on the bridge at the Marlow turn off, are such cameras.

I expect the cars that the traffic wardens are clamping are those that hardly if ever move. When I lived in London we frequently had such cars parked outside our front door, they were normally owned by students or others who purchased a car then decided the upkeep was too expensive, especially if the vehicle failed its MOT. Rather than scrap the vehicle they would simply abandon it leaving it to take up a valuable parking space.

I have no idea where the vehicles were clamped in Marlow but I know how frustrating it can be to be forced to double park to unload the weekend shop because of an abandoned car parked outside your home, although clamping it simply makes it more immovable and I would be surprised if some of the owners even notice. Unless the clamping is some legal part of the removal process these days?

 on: November 26, 2018, 03:18:55 PM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by Watchman
It's the way Cookham (in general)  is headed, unfortunately.

You have a dictatorial council who selectively decide which greenbelt land to approve building on,
You have avaricious farmer/s who continuously seek corner-cutting to ensure their land is built on,
You have a government who scream for more "affordable housing" yet who never follow up to ensure the fact
that affordable housing is being built ( are there any plans for affordable housing pencilled in for Maidenhead Golf Course?)
I suspect not.
Finally, you have ever vigilant and aggressive builders who seek every opportunity to continuously wear away
at locals protests against building on green belt land (Poundfield is an example) - until such time as they finally succeed
after taking it all the way to the Environment Secretary.

It's a hellish merry go round where, sadly, the populace face the final consequences.

And it is, sadly, the way of the world

 on: November 26, 2018, 03:07:08 PM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by Watchman
A traffic warden's main duties will include :
monitoring parking meters,
reporting parking offences and issuing fixed penalty notices.
Traffic wardens also monitor controlled parking zones and can
have vehicles clamped or towed away by the police

From the traffic wardens directives.

Mea Culpa Ö I stand corrected.

So ... they clamp a dozen or so cars and then advise the police to remove them - tail wagging dog or what (?) -
or do they advise the local cowboy clamping outfit to intervene at £150 a pop?  An interesting scenario.

Do you actually see the police turning out to remove the dozen or so cars nobbled by the ever-vigilant traffic wardens?
I would certainly hope NOT. The police have other much more important tasks and duties to carry out.

Frankly, I think this is all a farce -  Christmas approaches and they ask traffic wardens to selectively choose non
road tax payers whilst overlooking and ignoring MOT failures, non insured cars, banned drivers etc.,
It kinda makes a mockery of the whole system.

In Singapore they have junction cameras for catching out non payers in all categories... leaving the wardens and the police
to carry out their official tasks properly.

 on: November 26, 2018, 09:14:43 AM 
Started by CLIPPER - Last post by Paris
Just because it hasn't been farmed, doesn't mean it should be covered in enormously expensive houses.

 on: November 26, 2018, 09:10:43 AM 
Started by Cookham Webmaster - Last post by fision
Traffic wardens can have vehicles clamped. If the cars are un-taxed, I don't mind who clamps them TBH as they shouldn't be used on the road.

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