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 on: September 09, 2018, 10:33:48 AM 
Started by Bagheera - Last post by Watchman
Let's hope these words do not fall upon ears that are as deaf as a post.
Something must be done about it - post haste.
Furthermore, we must not be driven from pillar to post with excuses.
Insist upon being kept posted on the situation, and remember, think inside the box.

 on: September 09, 2018, 10:24:17 AM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by Watchman
Whilst the Cookham Society played their part, it should also be well done to our (much maligned by some on here) Cllrs who refused permission for both applications, hence the appeals. The decision is now out of RBWM's hands.

It's called "selective picking" ... or, put another way, "not what you know but who you know in the echelons of power" ....
Cherry picking the most controversial planning applications which they (the councillors) reject,
in the knowledge that said applications incur the public's wrath, is easy peasey!

But .... what of the sole pumphouse in the middle of a field off Whyteladyes Lane ... even getting its own access ... Green Belt!
Or the demolition of barns to accommodate the erection of a triple stack of million pound houses at Woodlands Farm ...Green Belt!
Or the erection of "horsey" and "doggy" and "formal wear" outfits, housed in what were originally working barns ... (Long Lane)... Green Belt!

Dig deeper and you will come across a multiple stack of "misdemeanour's" to which the phrase "well done" would not apply.

 on: September 08, 2018, 10:04:31 PM 
Started by Bagheera - Last post by Bagheera
The postbox at the junction of Bigfrith Lane and Hockett Lane was lying on its back last weekend.

It has now gone altogether.

Does anybody know what happened and if it is going to be replaced?

 on: September 08, 2018, 01:58:01 PM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by Ian64
Whilst the Cookham Society played their part, it should also be well done to our (much maligned by some on here) Cllrs who refused permission for both applications, hence the appeals. The decision is now out of RBWM's hands.

 on: September 08, 2018, 08:36:25 AM 
Started by Birdman - Last post by chrisri
But nevertheless a nicely organised event. Surely the road being closed a little longer was a welcome relief to the rat run you note on other forums?

 on: September 07, 2018, 09:27:18 PM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by BurtieBurton

I find the Dean a sad place to drive through... its just a rat-run to from Maidenhead to Marlow - just like how Ascot is these days.. a drive through !

Wait for it.. Mac Donald's are missing a trick!

I find this forum a sad place to pass through. It's depressing that some posters seem determined to be miserable and negative, rather than appreciating all the good things around them.

 on: September 07, 2018, 06:41:03 PM 
Started by Thames Valley Police - Last post by Thames Valley Police
We have had a spate of garage breaks recently.
In some areas, residents have downsized into much smaller accommodation and stored valuable items, such as furniture, paintings, alcohol etc., in their garages.  These are often, in garage blocks, at some distance from the accommodation.
If you do store anything valuable in your garage, it needs to be well locked & secured.  You can do this by placing a shed alarm inside.  These are very inexpensive, easily fobbed on and off, wireless - battery operated, containing a movement / heat PIR sensor.  You simply place them on a shelf in the back of the garage.  They sound at 110 Dbs - which on the early hours - is very loud.
The door can be protected with a ‘Garage Defender T Bar’.  These are produced by many companies, simply type in Garage Defender, in an online search.

The same advice re Shed alarms, applies to garden sheds !  Unfortunately there is no product like garage Defenders for shed doors.  If your shed has windows, these should have curtains, or other protection, to make sure no-one can see what is inside.
NEXT:  We have had a CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS in Ascot which has a useful message for everyone:
6/9  Thursday 3.35 a.m.  Oliver Road.  CAR ENTERED BY UNKNOWN MEANS and searched - sunglasses stolen.  This offence was captured on CCTV.  A man is seen to walk up to the car, open it, sit inside and search the car.  He then walks over to a neighbour’s car, trying the car door handle.  That car was locked and he walk off.
The neighbour may have CCTV but has no indication to check it as they were not the victim of a crime.  This why I am asking you to check your CCTV regularly.  We would be very interested in footage of someone doing this - even if a crime did not take place.  At the morning Daily Briefing, Colin Hudson, the Area Commander asked if people had Dash-cams, which could contain similar footage ?  I don’t know the answer to that, perhaps someone out there does ??
Good morning
I hope you have received details of this year's Lion Den, and are able to include details in your latest Neighbourhood News Letter ?
Kind regards
Mike Sells

5/9  Wednesday 5 p.m. / 6 p.m.  Bridge Road.  An aggrieved was using the ATM machine when his card became jammed.  As he examined the machine a skimming device fell off.    The device looks similar to an iPhone.  An engineer was called to an ATM machine, but it is not known if anyone has been defrauded, or had their card details copied.
6/9  Thursday 2 p.m. / 6 p.m.  Nicholson Walk.  Locked up bike stolen.  No details at this time.
24/8 - 5/9  Ray Park Road.  Tool kit, stolen from a motorbike.
6/9  Thursday midnight / 1.15 p.m.  Robin Hill.  Burglary.  Entry via window pulled open. No further details at this time.
6/9  Thursday 6 p.m. / 7.10 p.m.  Sports Centre Car Park.  Car window smashed - sports holdall stolen.
I understand from calls made by our members that the PEC, are slow to answer at the moment.  There are plans in place to improve this response - hence my recommendation that you let us know using the online reporting system:

We have had Nottingham Knockers right across the Borough - the young unemployed lads and now girls, going door to door, selling household products.  When they call, can everyone please respond, using the same words:
Then firmly, but politely, close and lock the door.
Please do not feel sorry for them.  If they say they have just come out of prison and are making their way back into society, you will know instantly they do not have the required permit to sell door to door - A ‘Pedlars Certificate’.  The only items that can be sold door to door, without a Pedlars Certificate are books and food.
Pedlars Certificates are only issued to those of ‘Good Character’ and a police check is carried out before one is issued.  If someone has been to prison, they will never be issued a Certificate. 

As they cannot obtain one of these, they usually produce a ‘Hawkers Identification’.  There is no such thing and they simply produce something, to fool you:
We do not recommend any conversation with the Knockers as they are trained to obtain information from you.
If they say they tried the house next door but there was no reply - you are NOT to respond to be helpful - ‘Oh no, they are away on holiday in the Caribbean for the next month’ !
We have been trained to be helpful and answer questions when asked.
The BT / Windows scam is still alive and well:
Just received a call from India saying they work for BT claiming that my BT account had been compromised and that they need to send a new router etc.
They then ask if you can go onto your computer screen etc.. As soon as I heard that, I said the line was bad and that I would ring them back. No....they will ring me back !
In the meantime I contacted BT online. They confirmed it was a scam and said they would blacklist the call...the number was 02567151879. The scam rang back and I told them that the BT fraud department was dealing with it!
To block a number, after the call simply press 1572.  The number will never get through again !

 on: September 07, 2018, 02:38:22 PM 
Started by Footie - Last post by Paris
Awful thing to happen, you'd think that the man who picked it up would have offered it to the person who dropped it, if he saw them - out of politeness and common courtesy. 

However, if he didn't see it dropped (I'm not excusing him btw) he probably thought wahay a free twenty quid - he wouldn't have known it was meant to be a charitable contribution.

 on: September 07, 2018, 12:47:21 PM 
Started by Cookham Society - Last post by CLIPPER
Well done Cookham Society.

'The Dean' and Cookham itself is changing far too quickly and is unrecognisable now with the amount of over development that has already occurred. There will be nothing left for future generations to relate to, once those current owners have already had a bite and yet still want to over exercise the development of particular sites. . We need to ensure that Cllrs always refer back to the Cookham Design Statement.

I find the Dean a sad place to drive through... its just a rat-run to from Maidenhead to Marlow - just like how Ascot is these days.. a drive through !

Wait for it.. Mac Donald's are missing a trick!

 on: September 07, 2018, 12:41:42 PM 
Started by Birdman - Last post by CLIPPER
Shame they didn't open the roads on time.

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