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    David Burbage MBE was Leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Council from 2007-2016. This blog : Promoted by Geoff Hill on behalf of David Burbage and all other Windsor and Maidenhead Conservative candidates, all of 2 Castle End Farm, Ruscombe, Berkshire RG10 9XQ
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Libdem failings #1

Posted by davidburbage on March 2, 2007

Let’s start off a mini-series with a classic from just last week.

Cllr Derek Wilson, Conservative member for Oldfield collected a petition before Christmas to reduce the speed limit from 40mph to 30mph along the Bray Road from the cricket club to the current 30mph limit. Fair enough, it currently goes 20-40-30 through Bray and with houses facing onto Bray Road, 30mph seems sensible.

How much will it cost? At most, £5,000 .

What does the Lead Member, LibDem Antony Wood propose? To review the scheme with all the others in a priority list sometime for a slot in the next financial year. Not ideal.

The Council hold in excess of £13 million in Section 106 contributions. Surely some of this could be used? asked one of my colleagues. This often-used source of funding was not mentioned in Cllr Wood’s report and he hadn’t mentioned it either.

  1. Effective Administration Answer : “Oh, we haven’t checked that. We’ll get right onto it and if there is money there to do the job, it’ll get done, probably coming info effect some time in April.”
  2. Liberal Democrat Answer : “You should have asked us that before the meeting. That’s the kind of question we need notice of!” followed by “All Councillors can ask to see information about S106 funding opportunities”

So why didn’t Cllr Wood who had had the petition for months, know whether or not he had S106 funds available? 

As if by strange coincidence, the Borough issued a press release (rightly) demanding the right to ask for, and use appropriately, S106 monies from developers rather than have them taxed and divvied up by Gordon Brown. A pity then, that the Libdems seem so unable to use the money once they have actually got it, even when residents are asking for it to be used.

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