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 on: March 28, 2018, 04:09:37 PM 
Started by David Cuin - Last post by Watchman
Look at the size of that house ... shoe-horned into the garden of a noble Victorian property!
The mind absolutely boggles at the thought.

Not yet another huge development in the heart of this tiny village.
Where the hell will all these building works stop?

For heavens sake, why do people invest in a property and then ruin it by proposing to build in its grounds.

Answer :  Greed .... It's as simple as that.

 on: March 28, 2018, 03:37:35 PM 
Started by David Cuin - Last post by David Cuin

A Planning Application has been submitted for a brand new 7 bedroom house in Berries Road, Cookham Village, to be built in the gardens of an old noble Victorian property. Here's the link:

And here's a picture:

Please make your comments known to the Council if, like me, you think that the development is disproportionate and have reservations over something of this size being constructed in a flood plain. (The flood defences are there for defence, not to allow developers to attack!) Perhaps there are too many properties of this type going up in the Cookhams, and the character of the area is being eroded?

 on: March 28, 2018, 02:46:36 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
Can I remind everyone about the purpose of these messages:
 To keep you informed and reassured that crime levels, are not as high as ‘Chinese Whispers’ lead everyone to believe.
They are always a request for your ‘eyes and ears’.  Once you know an offence took place in a location near you, does it jog your memory that you may have seen / heard something, which may be connected ?  Always, have in your mind the jigsaw puzzle approach.  You may not know which piece of the puzzle you have, until you see the picture.  You may have seen a car parked out of place, some people who drew your attention, because their behaviour was suspicious, their body language drew your attention.  Rely on your instincts - they are there for a reason and are always correct !  If your attention is drawn, it is because it is suspicious.  We ‘totally ignore, ‘normal’ behaviour’.  If you think something is suspicious, it usually is, simply let us know on the 101 number, or by reporting in online on the TVP website.  Just tell us you do not require a police response, you are just passing on a suspicious incident.  You may have seen a car driving away at speed down a residential road - it could be driving away from a burglary, leaflet deliverers looking up and down driveways and looking in windows, a young lad walking along beside parked cars, taking too much interest in what is inside / trying car door handles. Let us know
They are always, witness appeals.  Did you actually witness the offence detailed, or have information, which may relate to it.  If so - let us know.  So often we hear when doing ‘House to House’ enquiries after a burglary for example - I was woken by strange noises at 3 a.m., my dog di bark at …, I did see a car, zooming up the road at…, I did see a strange white car parked outside that house with three men inside- but that was 2 days ago,   my fence has been damaged …., there are footprints in my flower beds and the plants broken down,   there are hand prints on my patio windows….We need to know.
They are to help you, help us and protect your neighbours, friends and local community.
Get all your friends, neighbours and work colleagues to sign up to receive Thames Valley Alerts - it is Nationwide, so they can sign up where they live.  The more people signed up - the more people we can protect.  The simply need to go to where there is a sign up option
FIRST:  We had a scam incident in Windsor on Monday.  Please be aware, and not, let it happen to you.
26/3  2 p.m. Supermarket in the town centre.  A woman shopper was approached by a man, after she had just paid for her goods.  He said he knew her sister and put his hand into her handbag, which was correctly worn across her body.  He helped himself to £4 in loose change and walked off !!  If anything like this happens to you - alert a member of staff immediately.
NEXT - a doorstop scam
26/3  Dedworth Road, Windsor.  The doorbell at the practice rang.  A man was standing there, saying he was a patient, but his car had broken down at the traffic lights nearby.  The police had told him to get the car removed or face a heavy fine.  He asked if the practice would loan him £600.  The occupier phoned the manager and asked what they should do.  As they keep no cash at the practice, they accompanied the man to a nearby cash till, where they withdrew a small amount of cash.  The cash was handed over and the man left.  On checking, there was no such patient.  He is described as white, olive skinned, about 45 years old, bald, slim, tall, wearing a coat and T shirt, cream trousers and brown boots.  If you run or work in a small a business - please alert all the staff to be on their guard.
Next:  We had an attempted burglary in Ascot yesterday, but the Crime Prevention advice is a useful reminder for everyone !
27/3  Tuesday 10.15 p.m.  Cheapside Road.  Attempted Burglary.  The owner heard a noise and went to investigate.  The saw that someone had their hand through the letterbox attempting to unlock the door.  They immediately made off.  The Crime prevention Advice is very simple - Everyone must double lock their doors at all times.  If you have a wooden front door, you need two locks - a Yale / rim-latch type lock, one third of the way down from the top and a 5 lever mortice lock, one third of the way up from the bottom.  Both of these must be double locked at all times to prevent someone reaching in through the letterbox - lots of our Opportunist Thieves are very small and can do that and it prevents the door from being shouldered / forced open.  If you do double lock the door, you must have the keys somewhere easily accessible.  The Fire Service recommend that if you have stairs, the keys are placed on the fifth tread - out of sight if someone looks through the letterbox, but where everyone knows where they are in case of fire and a house full of smoke.  The Fire service also recommend all families have a fire escape plan and just as we all have fire drills at work, you have the occasional fire drill at home !  If you have a UVPC front door, you cannot simply lift the handle to secure the door when you are inside - you must engage the full locking mechanism inside the frame, by also locking the door with the key as well !
25/3 - 26/3  Sunday 4.15 p.m. / Monday 8.25 a.m.  Wellington Road.  Front and rear index plates stolen from a car.
28/3  Wednesday 8.20 a.m. / 8.40 a.m.  The Gullet.  Electric Motorcycle stolen.  A black, E-Voyager.
26/3  11 p.m.  Boyn Valley Road.  Burglary.  Opportunist thieves entered by a door left unlocked by the owner.  While he watched the TV with the sound very loud, they searched the house stealing a large single square stone ruby ring, which had been cut at the back, Euros and cash.

 on: March 27, 2018, 02:45:43 PM 
Started by Iams - Last post by Gazzetta
Or surveying ready for the housing estate to be built in Bournend?

It's the right time of the year for the joys of spring.

 on: March 27, 2018, 02:43:56 PM 
Started by Moon - Last post by Gazzetta
It's conifers that have been chopped down, not big trees, and they have been removed to make space for the cherry trees which are growing in the same paddock & need more light & space to mature.
Phew!!! Panic over.

 on: March 26, 2018, 04:06:41 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police


It just shows it can be done, if we all keep our eyes open and are aware of what is happening around us.  Opportunist thieves do not like being observed.  If they do anything, there may be someone watching, who could give a description.
Be observant, be aware, report anything suspicious to us, on the 101 number or the new online reporting facility:
Well done everyone.
23/3 - 24/3  Friday 7.30 p.m. / Saturday 7 a.m.  Winbury Court.  Car driver’s door lock damaged and brick thrown through the window.  Nothing stolen.
22/3 - 23/3  Thursday 6.30 p.m. / Friday 6.30 p.m.  Gloucester Road.  Offender has entered a rear garden and stolen an UNLOCKED bike.

 on: March 26, 2018, 01:02:39 PM 
Started by Moon - Last post by Simes
It's conifers that have been chopped down, not big trees, and they have been removed to make space for the cherry trees which are growing in the same paddock & need more light & space to mature.

 on: March 26, 2018, 12:27:10 PM 
Started by RBWM Press Release - Last post by RBWM Press Release
Our valued team of community wardens who tackle issues that are important to residents will be expanded to provide further support across the borough.

Cabinet approved plans to grow the team from 18 to 25 community wardens on Thursday 22 March. They will continue to work in our communities tackling issues that matter most to residents.

The team will continue to carry out patrols providing vital community engagement between residents, the council and the police as well as offering crime prevention advice and having enforcement powers to tackle littering and anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Jesse Grey, cabinet member for environmental services (inc. parking and flooding), said: “Our community wardens already do a fantastic job helping to keep our residents safe and making sure the needs of all our varied communities are being addressed.

“Expanding the team of community wardens will allow them to continue their community engagement and preventative work to support communities across the borough.

“They deal with a wide range of anti-social behaviours including everything from littering and dog fouling through to managing our busy town centres and working together with partners to make sure the night-time economy offer is safe for everyone to enjoy.

“The work of an expanded community warden team will strengthen the support they already offer to Thames Valley Police and Parish Councils in our borough and be complemented by our £1.3m investment into a state-of-the-art upgrade to our CCTV network.”

The expansion includes six extra wardens and a new team leader and would continue the current programme to train wardens through the Community Safety Accreditation Scheme (CSAS).

The scheme could also allow the wardens to use additional powers including making it an offence to give false details to a CSAS-accredited person, power to stop cycling on pavements and to request the surrender of alcohol if involved in anti-social behaviour.

Following the CSAS training programme the Royal Borough will work with the chief constable of Thames Valley Police who would be asked to authorise the use of additional powers.

The expanded team will be funded through existing revenue budgets and would not require any further investment.

The full report can be read on the council’s website at:

 on: March 26, 2018, 12:00:55 PM 
Started by Iams - Last post by CLIPPER
Or surveying ready for the housing estate to be built in Bournend?

 on: March 26, 2018, 07:27:36 AM 
Started by Moon - Last post by CLIPPER

Fire Wood?

You know - If they were not part of a 'Sir Stanley Painting' - they seem to get away with it because the Cookham Society don't seem to care. Even Bridle Way 19 / Pig Track,  got turned into a road with a viewing point, anything to help create traffic and a joining road. You may notice long lane Hedge row that got planted, then pushed back to create a wider look for traffic Huh

Our planners and Councillors are so short sighted  Roll Eyes

Just wanted to also point out, same thing happened to those other large oak trees up 'Nightingale Lane' they were cut down (to widen the road no doubt for the conversion of that farm to housing, not for the 'farming excuse' given).

Trees are a land mark and create that 'village' appeal - some people are intent on just carving it up because they own it. Its such a shame.

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