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Membership

David Bates tel: 969 7753
Andy Bell (Secretary) tel: 969 6924
Patrick Hamblin (Chaiman) tel: 969 3930
07917 300999
Mike Hart tel: 969 8145
07785 285739
Bob Hine tel: 969 8653
Brian O’Callaghan tel: 969 2132
Ali Driver (Environmental advisor) tel: 969 2698
Maureen Meer (Legal advisor) tel: 969 1317
Allan Williams(South of A4 advisor) tel: 969 6609

Members of the Panel are invited to serve by the Panel Chairman because of their interest in and knowledge of the appropriate issues. The Panel should normally have not less than four and not more than ten members.

Panel Meetings

The Panel meets on a monthly basis and these meetings will now be open to all members of the Society, who will be allowed to participate in the discussions at the invitation of the Panel Chairman. The meetings will be held in the Sonning Club, commencing at 8.00pm. The dates for 2017 are:

Wednesday 3 May  
Tuesday 6 June  
Tuesday 4 July  
Tuesday 6 June  
Tuesday 1 August  
Tuesday 12 September  
Tuesday 3 October  
Tuesday 7 November  
Tuesday 5 December  

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Remit

The Panel's main purpose is to monitor and, if necessary, comment upon two related subjects affecting the parishes of Sonning and Sonning Eye: planning and environmental matters and highway matters, including public transport and the street scene. It should be guided by the purposes set out in the Constitution, particularly "to promote high standards of planning and architecture" and "to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic, natural or public interest".

Activities

The Panel are currently working with the Sonning Parish Council Highways Working Group to develop a long term strategy to reduce the impact of the large volumes of traffic that pass through the two villages. This will also seek to reduce the amount of street signs that clutter up the villages, possibly by adopting the concept of 'shared space', pioneered in Holland, which deliberately blurs the separation of road users and pavement users.

Guidelines for the Planning & Traffic Panel

  1. Article 8.1 of the Society's Constitution reads as follows: "The Executive Committee may constitute such panels or sub-committees from time to time as shall be considered necessary for such purposes as shall be thought fit. The Chairman (or Co-ordinator if preferred) of each Panel shall be appointed by the Executive Committee. All actions and proceedings of each Panel shall be reported to and be confirmed* by the Executive Committee as soon as possible. Members of the Executive Committee may be members of any Panel. Panels shall be subordinate to and may be regulated or dissolved by the Executive Committee".

    Note: The Planning and Traffic Panel (or 'Panel') may on occasions need to proceed without having its actions first confirmed by the Executive Committee. The Panel should keep the Executive Committee informed by copying minutes of its meetings and communications with local authorities and others to the Hon. Secretary.
  2. The Planning and Traffic Panel's main purpose is to monitor and, if necessary, comment upon two related subjects affecting the parishes of Sonning and Sonning Eye: planning and environmental matters and highway matters, including public transport and the street scene. It should be guided by the purposes set out in the Constitution, particularly "to promote high standards of planning and architecture" and "to secure the preservation, protection, development and improvement of features of historic, natural or public interest".
  3. Members of the Panel are invited to serve by the Panel Chairman because of their interest in and knowledge of the appropriate issues. The Panel should normally have not less than four and not more than ten members.
  4. The Panel may consider it necessary to send written communications to the relevant local authority or other body. These should be agreed by at least two Panel members and signed by the Panel Chairman or Panel member appointed by the Chairman to do so. If a Panel member has any financial, professional or personal interest in a case, they should declare it and any Panel communications about that case should be agreed by at least two other Panel members.
  5. The Panel shall meet as and when deemed necessary by the Chairman.

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