MARLOW & DISTRICT CHAMBER OF TRADE & COMMERCE
MINUTES OF BUSINESS MEETING HELD AT
MONDAY 16th July 2018 – 6PM
1. Welcome by Chamber President
2. Minutes of last meeting
Slight clarification pointed out by Martin Spittle the A404 is closing on those dates to move the Volvo Footbridge and take it away to repair it and then to return it
3. Update from Marlow Town Council – information by Cllr. Jocelyn Towns
Gossmore and Pergola – Extensive EA works are still taking place, projected completion was this summer, but due to problems with sourcing topsoil the construction of bunds was delayed. They hope to start grass seeding in August/September depending on weather and ground conditions, with tree and shrub planting in early December. Both areas will not be fully open to the public until spring 2019.
Village Gateways – The Town Council at the last meeting agreed to install a second gateway at the two entrances to the Town, so there is one each side.
Wiltshire Road Roundabout –Bucks County Council have agreed to design and sponsor the Wiltshire Road roundabout.
Tree Pits on the High Street – These have now been completed. One of the trees was damaged recently; the tree officer has inspected it and will monitor it, commenting it looks as if this was car damage.
The A Board Policy – Is being enforced and is generally being respected.
Yellow Lines – These are mostly on corners and for Health and Safety reasons, there is one congestion change on the junction of Station Road and Dedmere Road, with a chicane type arrangement to help traffic flow. The maps for this work should be presented to Mark Shaw Cabinet Member for transport very soon, for an October installation. Bucks are also confident that they have enough funds to cover the cost without having to come to the Town Council for a top up.
Yellow Lines –the yellow lines in Spittal Street, will be replaced with narrow lines as per a conservation area.
Parking Strategy – MTC are meeting with BCC and WDC in early August to hopefully review the Parking Survey conducted by WDC (though not published yet), also to discuss the decked parking proposals submitted to WDC. MTC noted the BCC announcement on a Parking Overhaul and want to fully understand this report. (BFP Friday 13th July).
MTC have established these regular strategic meetings with both authorities to enable everybody to have a joined up thinking approach on the future of parking in Marlow. As soon as they have more details they will be shared.
Local Businesses – Town Council have been contacted recently by a couple of companies volunteering to ‘help in the local community’ and the Council ask that members contact their office if your business would like to take part in this initiative. Both Cobham and Softcat have contributed.
Frohman Statue – Town Council are looking at what needs to be done to protect it. Two specialist stone masons have already inspected it, saying there is little they could do. Two further specialists are attending to ascertain if it can be coated in any way to protect it from further damage from acid rain and exhaust fumes.
Children’s Centres – the new consultation is due to start on July 27th, no details as yet.
Cemetery –This is a very difficult subject, and the office are handling it very sensitively to bring consistency to the rule, around having only headstones and grass, being brought into line.
Allotments –allotment holders as asked to please be aware of the increased fire risks at this time.
Water shortage – as a town we are asked not to use excessive water, so that a hosepipe ban may be avoided.
No report from Wycombe District Council due to the absence of Cllr. Suzanne Brown
Update on Bucks County Council information by Cllr. Alex Collingwood
“The Resolute” – new pizza restaurant in Higginson Park had had their food hygiene double checked WDC and all was up to standard.
Resurfacing – full resurfacing of Ryans Mount and Queens Road would take place hopefully shortly but a structural survey has to be carried out first.
School bus – Chiltern Bus Company were taking this over in September.
Unitary Authority – following a question Cllr. Collingwood informed that Brexit was taking precedence at the moment and didn’t expect any decision or response regarding the Unitary Authority decision until September/October.
4. Update on Chamber matters by the President.
Bonus Business Booster – “Bonus Business Booster is an item Aimee has introduced which should be a 10 minute presentation giving informative information adding value to businesses. It is not a pitch for a particular business although if that business could assist obviously this would be mentioned at the end of the presentation.”
Reminder to everyone that they are welcome to present on any subject that would add value for members. Some presentations were in the pipeline and anyone wishing to present should contact the Secretary.
Guests – Encouraged members to bring along guests to a meeting who could be interested in joining the Chamber.
Market Square Publication – the Executive had decided to “park” the publication for the time being and replace with an e-newsletter. Distribution costs and several other similar booklets were a factor in this decision. The situation would be revisited next year.
Web site – this should be up and running towards the end of August with official launch at the AGM in October.
Midsomer Trail – the series is often filmed in this area and a Visit Midsomer Marlow Trail was being launched. The President would be attending the launch and would report further. (Details attached).
Subscriptions – still several members had not paid and were encouraged to do so asap.
5. New Member – David Clulow Opticians – agreed
6. News, Offers and Events.
David Clulow – Anj Gupta gave details of a free eye test and 20% discount. For further details visit www.marlow:davidclulow.com
Studio Stanley – Mark Wójcicki was extending his £500 offer for branding and design. He would assist in helping with copy and pictures and include a logo as well. For further details contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the web site.
Adviza – Sara Peace once again reminded everyone of the £150 voucher for training grants. She would be leaving Adviza shortly but hopefully a new representative would be appointed. Sarah was thanked for all her contributions to the Chamber meetings etc. Contact Sarah while she is still available on email@example.com
GMS Rowing– Sarah informed the meeting that the top senior boy’s crew of Great Marlow School would be representing England at the Home International Regatta on Saturday 21st July in the four and Eight at Cork. The meeting offered congratulations and Sarah would let the Secretary know the outcome and also a link to You Tube.
7. Crowne Plaza Marlow
The President thanked Nick Parry – General Manager – for hosting the meeting who in turn gave details of the upgrading of the hotel. The outside was now painted in corporate colours and had been landscaped. The redecoration of the interior had been slightly delayed but approximately £8m. was due to be spent over the next few months. The hotel is extremely busy at the present time with European companies staying at the hotel and visiting the town. The hotel was trying to get more local produce introduced into the hotel/rooms and asked for any ideas from members. Rebellion are supplying the hotel with beer etc.
Nick then invited everyone into the bar area to network and try the Indian food that had been provided
There being no further business the meeting closed at 6.40pm
Date of next meeting – Monday 17th September 2018 – Longridge – Adventure Learning
NO MEETING IN AUGUST