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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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Final Libdem Cabinet (and Libdem Failings #4)

Posted by davidburbage on March 23, 2007

“Final” was the word that Mary-Rose Gliksten used to announce the meeting yesterday. The agenda was not particularly long or enthralling but there was one item which I will expand upon.

At the end of the meeting I passed on my farewell to the Liberal Democrat Cabinet, “I’ll see you on the ‘other side’ ” meaning the election and then “at least one or two of you, anway!”

The item of note was the “Alleygating” policy. First up, the Libdems appear to have “borrowed” the logo and substantial parts of the actual policy document from the Avon & Somerset Constabulary

alleygating

All credit for saving local taxpayer’s money on snazzy design, but did we ask permission?

Anyway, the policy itself aims to help residents gate up alleys that are used for various negative reasons like burglary, anti social behaviour, littering, drug taking or whatever. The trouble is, because it is complicated and involves a good deal of consultation, legal red tape and actual work, things take time. The Libdems didn’t promise to pay for any of this themselves, in fact the Guide states that “You will need to find your own funding for the Alley Gating Scheme”.

We don’t think this is very helpful in combatting crime, putting further obstacles and delays in sorting out the problems with alleys. That’s why we’ve promised to pay for the gates, and nominate a specific Borough officer who will deal with residents and local ward Councillors or Parish Councils, who want an alley gate installed.

Finally, this is all too little too late. The main legislation which makes this easier is the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act in 2005. The Bristol document behind the logo above was dated 2005. Powers were enabled in April 2006.

So why has it taken the Borough a whole year to get its act together?

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