What are we up to!

This has been a busy period with the preparations for the Street Party taking up a lot of our time. However, we have continued to make progress on many other items and issues around the town.

As I said in my Chair’s Chat at on page 3 there currently seems to be less appetite for people to help in areas such as tending the greenery, but a huge thank you to those who have continued to work on the triangular bed, so we are working with Eton Town Council, Baldwin’s Bridge Trust and Eton College to find a way of ensuring all of our Eton greenery looks good all of the time.

A vibrant High Street is as important as our residents being able to live happily and peacefully in our wonderful Town. We have secured money from RBWM and Eton Town Council for a footfall counter, which will enable us to understand what events impact the footfall in Eton and which days and times have most visitors. With this information, retail outlets can work out how to convert this into business.

The Meadow Lane car park extension is game changing for Eton. Well done indeed to the following people for their contribution, from 20+ years ago until now: Anthony Cove, Peter Eaton, Linda Oatway and Anthony Allison. As I write this, there are still issues to resolve around signage, so do let us know if you experience problems.

Cycle parking is an opportunity that we are pursuing. We are acutely aware that the beautiful Bollards on the Bridge (see P9 of Eton Matters, issue 9) are blighted by the many cyclists who chain their bikes either on the rails at Windsor Bridge Court or at the two parking hoops nearby. RBWM are working with us to address this. The two hoops will be removed once the alternatives are in place nearby and the fence with have a “no cycles to be chained here” sign, which will be enforced. We are all pleased to see more and more people cycling, so we need to provide for parking in the right way.

The entire community felt that they had honoured the Queen with their own brand of Street Party. Singers, magicians, balloon tricks and guitar players were all part of the entertainment on the day. The stars, however, were our wonderful community of residents, businesses, friends and family from Eton and Eton Wick. Hundreds of people brought their own special celebratory picnic and by looking at the overflowing recycle bins, kindly provided by RBWM at no cost; thanks to our councillor’s intervention, much champagne, wine, fizzy drinks and water were all the order of the day! The street looked fabulous: with the flags erected on the Queen’s actual birthday, thanks to Malcolm Leach, Paul Oatway, Mike Turner and Heather Shelley, and the addition of copious amounts of bunting on the awnings that protected party goers from the weather, the street looked great. The balloons that topped and tailed the tables and t he red, white and blue table cloths looked fab and the result of the crayons on tables along with puzzles and colouring sheets kept children and adults busy!!

There are so many people to thank including those already mentioned and Philip, Lynne and Kate Highy, Jane Reed, Paul Roach, our 8 ambassadors (brought together by Julia White), Malcolm Alexander, Derek Bishop, Karen (Tastes), Vicky (Ella’s party shop, Eton Wick), Phil (Warren’s), Noel (Bugden’s), Stratti (The George), Fergus (Waitrose) Steve Westbrooke, Sue Nicholls and all those who helped on the day and/or before including all of the ECA committee. We thank Eton College, Baldwin’s Bridge Trust and the Eton Community Association for their financial sponsorship.