Pictured Above: RBWM Town Crier Cuts the Ribbon and Declares Victory Field Pavilion Open

The RBWM Town Crier  formally opened the newly refurbished Victory Field Pavilion in Sunninghill  (SEE ARTICLE) on Saturday 23rd February. 

Pictured Above:  President, June Martin,  Receives Cheque for Ascot District Day Centre

Pictured Above: Town Crier Presents Cheque to Annie and Julie for Sebastian's Action Trust 

Ten local community groups  received handsome cheques from Sunninghill and Ascot Parish Council, who had nearly £10,000 to award, thanks mainly to the hugely successful 2018 Sunninghill Victorian Street Fayre.

The Street Fayre produced £7,500 and the Council is adding £1,750 from the Parish Council Grant Allocation.  Councillors approved all this year’s applications for grants, covering diverse projects - from disabled toilets at Sunningdale Bowling Club, to hammocks for the newly- formed Explorers unit at the Sunnningdale Scout group.

The largest grant went to Ascot & District Day Centre (life President, Mrs June Martin pictured above), which has provided home from home care for Ascot and the Sunnings elderly residents, for 40 years.   Many members are collected daily by the Centre’s mini buses. A hot meal, refreshments, activities and a number of personal care services, are provided and greatly enjoyed by Centre users. The Council cash will help with running costs.

Read more: New Victory Field Pavilion Opened & Community Groups Receive Parish Cheques

Whilst on  a recent  unplanned visit to Perth in Western Australia, Ascot residents John and Philippa Mills, visited one of the local attractions -The Bell Tower in the harbour . This was a millennium commemoration project built to house the recently replaced 12 bells from St Martins in the Fields in Trafalgar Square, to mark the Bicentennial of the founding of Australia in 1788. A further 6 bells were added and these, named The Swan Bells after the adjacent river, can now all be rung as part of a unique visitor experience.

However the greatest surprise on entering the reception area was to see on display the Ascot Racecourse Grandstand clock which had been purchased at auction for  £10,000. On an upper floor the set of bells which used to sound around Ascot are displayed and they are soon to be rehung and connected to the clock to chime once more. 

Read more: Ascot Racecourse Clock Enjoying Retirement in Australia !

The new Sainsburys, with Argos, is now open in Hermitage Parade, Ascot High Street 

RBWM iscurrently undertaking a ‘call for sites’ process from Monday 25th February to Friday 29th March 2019 to for all types of sites, but in particular:

  • Employment sites (all sizes and types);
  • Small to medium sized housing sites;
  • Self and custom build housing sites; and
  • Sites suitable for Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG) provision.

Sites promoted previously should be resubmitted to confirm their availability, including any appropriate additional information. If the availability of sites is not reconfirmed, sites may not be included within the Council’s most up to date land supply as recorded in the 2019 HELAA.

Read more: Call for Potential Development Land in Royal Borough | Deadline March 29th

The Royal Borough budget for 2019/20, which sets out investment for services that matter to our residents as well as ensuring front line services are protected, has been approved at Full Council.

Council Tax will rise by 2.99% which keeps it the lowest outside of London while ensuring key services like weekly bin collections remain.

There is also capital investment in our roads and highway network, community infrastructure and resident facilities.

Councillor MJ Saunders, cabinet member for finance, said: “Officers have been working hard on this budget throughout the year and have had to take into account the uncertainty around Brexit, as well as the challenging financial position that all councils have experienced.

“We have seen increasing demand and cost associated with providing children services, adult services and children in care which is expected to continue in 2019/20 and our budget reflects that changing position.

“Through our capital programme we have been able to invest in a variety of key resident services including additional funding for parks and roads which reflect back on the findings from the residents’ survey.”

The highlights of the budget include over £30 million pounds in capital investment:...

Read more: Royal Borough Budget Approved at Full Council

There will be Parish Council elections on May 2nd 2019. Why not stand for Sunninghill & Ascot Parish Council - which covers Ascot, South Ascot, Cheapside and Sunninghill?


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