Members and Friends of HRA who receive my periodic emails and prompts to read this website will know of my strong opposition to development on Green Belt land. Some may recall that in 2015, having had a good experience of help from Conservative Ward Councillors, and being aware of their Manifesto promises about Green Belt land, I was so bold as to recommend that our three ward Councillors be re-elected to the Borough Council.
Since then, Councillor Walters has lived up to expectations, but the others have not. I have further been disappointed with the fact that the Bray Parish Council has been burdened by having to accept onto their membership, five Borough Councillors. I should say here that Cllr Walters has been a long-standing Councillor in both Bray Parish Council and RBWM Council, and there have been times in the past when I have not thought well of this. Moving on - now 33.3% of Bray Parish Council has been made up of Borough Councillors. This, of course, is down to us the residents who voted them onto the Parish Council. But I for one did not vote for them. I think it is bad practice that a Parish Council should have to accept a Borough Councillor, who periodically, depending on the topic, has to withdraw or be excluded from decision making for the Parish Council.
After all - surely it is reasonable to expect that a Bray Parish Councillor, no matter what his or her other affiliations, should always act in the best interests of Bray Parish, not in the interests, as we have here, of RBWM and their Local Development Plan. A plan that is being tailored to satisfy the demands of Central Government, so that the latter's Planning Inspectorate will accept the plan.
In my opinion, any Bray Parish Councillor who cannot or will not act in the best interests of Bray Parishioners must resign from the Parish Council.
Now - this week's letters in the Maidenhead Advertiser!!!
First a letter of response from Cll Walters in the Maidenhead Advertiser of 9th February 2017, to the comments last week from the Lead Member for Planning Cllr Derek Wilson. I show that immediately below with, below that, a further letter of complaint about the RBWM's treatment of Cllr Walters.