Wexham & The Ivers Community Board celebrates the local environment Wexham & The Ivers Community Board celebrates the local environment

Members of Wexham & The Ivers Community Board want to encourage local people to make the most of their local environment as they fund four new initiatives enhancing the local area and making it safer for everyone.

At the board’s recent meeting, members agreed funding for the following:

  • Installation of new cycle racks in both the recreational grounds in the Ivers to encourage residents to cycle to them instead of making the journey by car.
  • Improvements at Richings Park by removing an old tree stump that was blocking access to the residents' garden on Bathhurst Walk and planting another tree.
  • Installation of CCTV & ANPR cameras at Wood Lane and Pinewood Road as part of the Thames Valley Police supported Smartville initiative which encourages a community-led approach to tackling local crime and antisocial behaviour, including flytipping.
  • Transformation of an area of Iver Environment Centre, replacing a concreted area with a biodiverse wildflower meadow for the benefit of the whole community.

Iver Environment Centre is run as a partnership between the National Grid and The Groundwork South Trust. Centre Manager Katy Barton said: “This new area will be both exciting for visitors and valuable for native wildlife. I can’t wait to see families watching bees on wildflowers; filling the pollen sacs on their legs and scattering pollen over the flower. At a time when supporting pollinators is so important we are thrilled to receive this grant and be able to make such a big difference for local wildlife.”

Wexham & The Ivers Community Board Chairman, Jilly Jordan said: “As a community board we are delighted to be able to contribute to a wide variety of projects and initiatives to improve local areas. Something as simple as removing a tree stump or installing a few cycle racks may seem like small and insignificant gestures, but these are things that are important to local residents and can make a real difference to their everyday lives.”

In addition to the funding applications, the meeting heard updates on the matters being addressed by each of the sub-groups:

  • Covid-19 response and recovery
  • Transport & Infrastructure
  • Community Safety
  • Green Spaces

The working groups are open for anyone with an interest to get involved. To find out more email: [email protected]

Like all community boards, Wexham & The Ivers is able to focus on local matters as and when they arise. This occurred recently when a planning application from the nearby Pinewood Studios was submitted. The community board set up a dedicated working group to look in more detail at the application and its implications for the local area.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news by visiting the Wexham & The Ivers Community Board on their Facebook page.

You can view a recording of the board meeting on YouTube.

For more information visit the Iver Environment Centre.