Thatcham Vision were one of the many voluntary groups attending the annual Town Meeting. It was a chance for the councillors to report back on their own portfolios and of course both Town & District councillors were present. Jason Collis was introduced by the mayor Cllr Ellen Crumly and stated that he wanted this event to represent not just the Local Government but also the Voluntary Sectors more in future years.
The General Purposes Committee report, like all the reports was presented in a booklet handed out on the night & is available from The Town Council Offices for the general public.
Cllr Dominic Boeck fielded questions for the Recreation and Amenities Committee and revealed that discussions were underway with regard to the division of responsibilities between Town & District with regard (amongst others) to Henwick Worthy Playing Fields. There are 15 play areas 9 of which are manitained by TTC. CCTV is being reinstated at the Broadway.
The Priory Committee, represented by Jason Collis reported back that "Response" a mental health Oxfordshire based charity has a planning application in train to converted this important site into 12 bedsits for recovering clients as a bridgeing provision in their recovery and that this would be a good use of the site. The actual operation would be under the auspices of the Health Board.
Cllr Nathan Gregory asked for questions on his report for the Grants Committee. Where Match Funding from Greenham Common Trust boosts the councils near £16k grant to over £30k.
Some of the 2016 events were discussed and the Police were invited to address the meeting represented by sargent Leanne Spinks. A new regime for local policing was expained, whereby The chief constuble has laid down a model comprising Response via mobile regular officers, Investigation via the CID branch. Neighborhood Watch via dedicated PCSO's Problem Solving - enhanced resilience via a local groups. More details here.
The meeting concluded with questions from the floor. More details from the official booklet and from this weeks Newbury Weekly News.