ECA Report 04Mar21

ECA events include:

Eton Matters hard copy circulation 1-3rd March 

(School returns: Eton College Sunday 7th March; Eton Porny 8th March)

March 10th –  18.30 ECA open meeting via zoom

End March/early April – Eton High Street flags go up

And see www.etoncommunity.co.uk for details.  

Events:

Litter pick being planned for when government guidelines allow, socially distanced thanks to Leonie.

Eton Street Party June 2022 Platinum Jubilee event – initial plans in hand.

Partners: 

The Windsor, Eton & Ascot Town partnership and the COVID forum, run by Hilary Hall (RBWM) were attended in the month. Sgt Cath Griffiths enjoyed a tour of Eton; its hot spots, challenges and the sites of some of our recent issues. 

Eton Matters:

Issue 24 is with us! Another great read and thank you to our Editor Peter and all of the contributors and advertisers.

Refuse contractor issues

The continuous issues with refuse collections and actions in Eton have reduced. The biggest current concern is the failure of operatives to replace bins from whence they came each week. Areas of particular concern are the rear of 1-11 High Street and the Brocas area. 

Eton Action List 

Completed: York paving slabs – wobbly and broken ones fixed; street lamps replaced; broken fencing repaired, Eton depiction by Windsor Bridge Court – base re-varnished; Bugden’s litter bin being repatriated to outside Eton Porny School; failed lamp above Waterman’s bus stop removed, refuse bins on highway in Atherton Court resolved; 

New to do: Broken fencing in MLCP; sort out electrical box replacement solution (in hand); survey of parking meters in High Street completed and given to ETC for decision as to which should be moved to St John’s; narrow road signage etc at the entrance to ML and to SML.

Needing resolution: The slipway ownership needs sorting – this is an important (and used) public slipway/hard which is a key Town facility.

Note that the Eton Action List is always available on the www.etoncommunity.co.uk website

Eton Action List Projects not budgeted:

The RBWM budget does not include: 

  • The pedestrian route from Meadow Lane car park
  • Electric Car Charging points in Eton (which may be addressed through a private activity)
  • WIFI for Eton, mirroring Windsor as part of an Windsor & Eton scheme

Eton Survey – what our residents and businesses want:

The output from the survey has been posted on www.etoncommunity.co.uk website via 3 videos, thanks to committee members Marion and David. The 5 areas are now being worked on in priority order including:

Mobile/ Broadband/WIFI – led by committee member Malcolm with David and 2 members of the community, progress is being made on mobile coverage and actions are underway regarding broadband capability. A door drop survey is planned to access additional data in order to progress a solution with suppliers for broadband. The former mobile signal Intersystems O2 mast plan is being pursued again.

Anti-Social Behaviour – led by Ros with 4 members of the community, the issues of begging and rough sleeping issues, which have returned to Eton with the warm weather, of serious issues of behaviour non-compliance with COVID guidelines on the Brocas, on the Windsor/Eton bridge, throughout the High Street and on footpath 51; of pedal, motorbikes and electric scooter behaviour and the interaction with pedestrians on the Windsor/Eton bridge and travelling the wrong way down the High Street, shoplifting are continued areas of concern. 

The request for funding from ETC has been augmented with raising funds elsewhere. 3 quotes for contractor support for the short, sharp behaviour change actions described to ETC at the February meeting have been received, ready for presentation to ETC. 

Planning – RBMW are pursuing the Cockpit development and are supporting the concerns from Eton Town Council regarding Crown Farm. 53 High Street development is visibly taking place. The identification of CIL fund monies some of which come to Eton Town Council is being progressed. 

Cycling and e-scooter violations – see Anti-Social Behaviour

Viability of the High Street – the footfall counter project, presented to ETC at the February meeting have been pursued and is now presented to ETC as a request for funding approval. High Street occupancy is strong, above Windsor rates and National rates, as gleaned from the Windsor, Eton & Ascot Town partnership. Footfall data is available upon request.

The Tap & Donate giving stations for those who wish to give to support the homeless and those with mental health or substance abuse issues was initiated prior to Lockdown 1. There is one Eton location; in Popeye Turkish Barber. 

Barnes Pool Watercourse Restoration (NP):

The thrice flooded Barnes Pool planting is somewhat brown/ grey and awaits rain to restore colour to the pool area. The extent of the plants that have had insufficient oxygen and have been too compacted with the head of water is still being established. In the meantime the vista to the west looks glorious with the daffodils secured last year at no cost thanks to RBWM and the purple crocuses from Rotary celebrating their Polio work! 

The proposals regarding signage both at Barnes Pool and upstream along the route of the inbound culvert is progressing.

High Street premises, retailers:

17 – (formerly Jack Wills) is College owned but with a long term lease. The new potential tenant awaits planning support for partitioning.

19 – is becoming Murray’s at Number 19, a wine bar 

41 – (formerly Turner & Tom, Jessica Knowles) will become a medical cosmetics outlet, with medical Dr bringing existing patients. (This has been reconfirmed but little progress is visible). 

47-49 (formerly The Cockpitt) – is in administration. The banker who funded the owner is planning to proceed with the project.

53 – (formerly Age Concern) –  Work has commenced. This includes a significant retail space on the ground floor.

63 – Premier Stores are planning to expand back to the original larger footprint 

67 – now ready to let?

80 – (formerly Lily Chic) Bubble tea shop Paeonia opened week of 18th November 2019 and has been closed throughout lockdown. A branch has opened in Windsor. 

89-90 – formerly Bespoke Beauty has a new tenant to be announced soon. The business will be an asset to Eton’s High Street. 

93 – Gregory & Tappin Interior goods, plants and children’s’ traditional toy shop opened week of 11th November 2019 and is currently trading successfully during lockdown with plants etc.

99-100 – has returned as an Art Gallery and shop 

109 – (formerly Venture) is College owned but with a long term lease. The new long-term leaseholder is implementing the agreed approved plan. This includes a significant retail space on the ground floor.

115 High Street – formerly Really Fab cards is becoming a cakes and crafts outlet.

136 – Eton Library has ceased to operate, the premises being empty as of 24th February 2021 

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Borough Local Plan and Neighbourhood Plan:

A review of the NP projects laid out in the Plan will be conducted in the coming months.

Eton & Eton Wick Information Centre (NP):

The recent quarterly meeting reviewed the marketing and digital strategy including the “click and collect” functionality that is needed. The year-end accounts, at 31st October are nearly completed, with the auditors having received the input. Progress has been made regarding Art@67 and the expected development into ceramics, glassware and pottery. Work on the shop windows and  displays, including the use of 79a window are in hand, as is the development of maps. The EIC continues to meet its aims and objectives. Fund-raising is a constant need.