For me having another level of governance is a great idea as it means there are more eyes and ears looking after the interests of Windsor residents.
New Councillors will learn how the process of governance works, enabling them to approach a given situation and ensure maximum impact and benefit for their residents.
I really appreciate the input that Bray Parish Council and Oakley Green & Fifield Residents Association offer me in my role as Borough Councillor. They provide a strong support network of fellow Cllrs who understand the system and how you need to engage to get the best results.
I welcome the input of Windsor Town Councillors to cover the rest of my ward.
There would be a small additional cost of a few pounds a year per household, it depends what the new Cllrs agree to pay a Town Clerk and the costs around running an office.
Any other increases in the precept would be for Cllrs to decide based on what residents want for their town. Technology allows for lots of consultations around a host of topics that can be clearly laid out and decisions made each year based on real time feedback.
Up until seeing the flyer below this morning I was wrongly under the impression that the Conservatives were supportive of the Windsor Town Council!
The actual decision will be based on the feedback that residents give as part of this public consultation…
Windsor Town Council Consultation
At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday 28 July 2020, the Royal Borough committed to undertake a community governance review examining the issue of whether a new town council for the currently unparished parts of Windsor should be formed.
On Tuesday 2 March 2021, Full Council approved its Draft Recommendations for the review and is currently running a public consultation on these recommendations until Wednesday 2 June 2021.
We would like to hear your views in respect of the following questions:
- Do you believe the creation of a Windsor Town Council as set out in our draft recommendations delivers effective and convenient local government for the residents of Windsor? Please explain why.
- Do you support the creation of a Windsor Town Council under the electoral arrangements set out in our draft recommendations? If not, what alternative electoral arrangements would you suggest?
- Do you support the creation of a Windsor Town Council as an additional layer of local government or do you believe the existing governance arrangements and representation for residents is sufficient? Please provide reasons to substantiate your view.
You can participate in the consultation and provide your views in respect of the above questions by filling in our online survey.
The survey will be available until Wednesday 2 June 2021.
Please ensure you read the Draft Recommendations document before answering the questions.
To learn more about the review, please consult our webpages: https://www.rbwm.gov.uk/home/council-and-democracy/elections-and-voting/community-governance-reviews
A few encouraging words from Mr Richard Endacott, part of the team driving for a Windsor Town Council.
The final stage of the consultation for setting up a Windsor Town Council closes on 2nd June and we urge residents, community groups and business owners to add to the existing 2,000+ signatures to the original petition, the overwhelmingly positive response to the first stage of the consultation and the emphatic support for the Windsor Neighbourhood Plan, by submitting a simple response: YES! YES! YES!
YES! Existing arrangements do not have capacity for specific targeted issues, for example supporting the reintroduction of the planters, or the revitalising of parks and open spaces. This proposal is about reinvigorating community groups and providing a voice for Windsor.
YES! Local Windsor town councillors are better able to represent and serve Windsor residents, supporting the Royal Borough in its activities. For example, the redevelopment plans at Sawyers Close and the Coach Park would be much more successfully supported through local representation and involvement from the outset by those who understand their local community.
YES! The creation of a Windsor Town Council brings Windsor in line with other parishes in RBWM, giving greater support for local services, such as our libraries, allotments and parks, working with RBWM in delivering its services to areas where it will have the greatest impact.
Please respond by one of the following methods:
Write to Electoral Services, Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF
The Conservatives view point…