The Parish Council has a surprisingly wide ranging remit which impacts the local community and its environs, for which it receives an annual budget from the Council Tax. This includes management of the allotments, burial grounds, bus shelters, drainage of ditches, crime prevention measures, footpaths, highways, acquisition and disposal of land, planning, litter, open spaces, public buildings, recreational facilities, traffic calming, transport and water supply. The Parish Council aims to ensure that Fulmer Village continues to be an attractive and desirable community that people choose to live in, and to which they contribute.
We have 10 meetings in a year with the Annual Parish Council Meeting each May. At each meeting we hold a Public Quarter hour and all are welcome to attend to bring items to our attention.
Village Action Plan
The Village Action Plan is available here in PDF format.
From the Parish Council Chairman Pauline Vahey
Published December 2012
Where to start with all that has happened in the last six months? Fulmer Day came back this year, reinvigorated, and was a great success despite the iffy weather. The day made an excellent profit, which was distributed to several local charities including the Village Hall, Sunshine Homes, Pace and a contribution to the cost of production of this Village Newsletter. A big thank you to the Fulmer Day Committee led by Larry Brooks. If anyone would like to help out next year in any capacity, there is a meeting of this committee on 24th January at the Black Horse, please contact Larry at email@example.com.
We were pleased to welcome Dominic Grieve on 27th April to the Village Hall. He came to allay the Village's concerns about the link from Heathrow to the proposed HS2 route, the Heathrow Spur, particularly the two options which are proposed to come through or very close to Fulmer. The route of the link will be dependent on the outcome of the Government consultation on the future of Britain's airports, which is now postponed. Even then the preferred route is through Iver linking Heathrow to the new Iver Cross Rail station.
Whilst still on planning matters, we had barely drawn breath after winning the Public Inquiry into Project Pinewood and the Studios came back with a public consultation into a new plan for four new film studio clusters. It is proposed that two of these will be built on the existing Studios site with the other two on the Green Belt land recently acquired between the M25 motorway, Pinewood Road and Seven Hills Road. There have been many opportunities for all of us to voice our views through Public Workshops and Exhibitions. The Parish Council has also sent representatives to the Community Liaison Group, reiterating the position of opposition to any development on Green Belt and highlighting the consequent impact of increased traffic through the Village Centre and surrounding roads in the Parish, if it were to go ahead. An application for outline planning permission will likely be submitted to SBDC before Christmas, with a decision expected in February.
Planning permission to refurbish and restore Fulmer Hall is about to be submitted to SBDC. The restoration will take the Hall back to a family residence. And finally approval has been given for the redevelopment of the derelict site at The Pickeridge as a care home. Thanks go to our District Councillor Anita Cranmer for her persistence in pursuing this at SBDC planning committee and voicing the views of the Parish Council who supported the development in an effort to prevent the site deteriorating further and attracting more travellers. However, our next challenge is the illegal development at the end of Fulmer Lane. All planning applications for the development of this Green Belt land as a site for travellers has been refused by SBDC and enforcement is now in progress.
The Parish Council is also grateful to our County Councillor, Peter Hardy, not only for the great job he is doing throughout the County with repair to the roads, but specifically for the road improvements through the Village centre and other adjoining local roads.
Thank you also to the Jubilee Committee, Alex Bates, Barbara Zoltowska, Paul Coloff and Brendan Keane who organised the 50's themed party to celebrate the Queen's 50th Jubilee. We all bopped until the early hours dressed in appropriate costumes having enjoyed our fish and chip supper. Then we joined the rest of the World in lighting our Village beacon at the Rec. on the Monday night.
Continuing the celebrations, we are all delighted to have a Gold Post Box in the Village due to the efforts and deserved success of our very own adopted first triple Gold Paralympian Sophie Christiansen. Sophie trains at the local South Bucks Riding for the Disabled, so the Village joined forces with the SBRDA to celebrate her achievements at a reception at the recreation Ground in October. Both of Sophie's horses Rio and Lambrusco came along to provide photo opportunities. Around 150 people attended the event to hear Sophie give a speech about her experience. It was very nice to hear from RDA chairman Di Redfern.
Finally, I would like to thank Peter Kelly, our Parish Clerk, and all of the Parish Councillors for their continued help and support throughout this busy and challenging year.
Allocation of Duties for Fulmer Parish Councillors.
Mrs P A VAHEY: Chairman Fulmer Parish Council, Finance Group, Social Events - Christmas Party, Newsletter, Village Hall and Country Structure Plan.
Mr M C C SAXBY: Deputy Chairman Fulmer Parish Council, Transport Committee, Highways, Central Railway Project (HS2), Minerals and Waste Plans, Core Strategy, South Bucks Partnership and Other Policy Reports / Consultations.
Mr R H LAMB: Chairman FSCA, Finance Group, Best Kept Village, FCV, Verges, Grass Cutting and Drainage in Hay Lane / Bradbury Gardens and Planning (temporarily) for only those Applications concerned with the Pinewood Development Project, The Pickeridge and Fulmer Hall.
Mrs S SIMKINS: Health Plan, Environmental Plan, Newsletter and Advertising.
Mrs F HALL-DRINKWATER: St. James Church -(FULMER), Gazetteer, Communications ref. WEBSITE, Press and SBDC.
Mr A GODLEMAN: All Planning Matters other than those mentioned under Mr Lamb.
Mr B WEILD: Neighbourhood Watch, NAG, Liaison with the Police, Status Report, Footpaths and SBDC Local Plan.
Mr P R KELLY: Fulmer Parish Council Clerk, Responsible Finance Officer, Finance Group. All Parish Council Administration matters, certain FSCA Accounting matters, Notice Board, member of FSCA Executive Committee and SBALC Representative.
Mrs Isobel Dorling: Fulmer Infant School Community Governor and Representative to the Parish Council.
Mr K PETERS: Fulmer Parish Archiving