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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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Archive for April, 2007

Tough police stance

Posted by davidburbage on April 16, 2007

The editorial in the Observer reports that Supt Mike Ismay has promised to take a tough stance against those flouting the law on our streets.

Good. I am sure this will be popular stance amongst residents – and one that we can endorse.

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Windsor’s short term onstreet metered parking

Posted by davidburbage on April 16, 2007

The (current) Leader writes to the Observer about our proposal to remove the trivially small charges that the Borough inconveniances residents with at the parking meters.

Apparently, the 10p and 20p charges have been keeping 103,000 people away from parking on the town’s streets! What nonsense.

I am amused that they have taken the “criticise and condemn” route rather than adopt a “me too bandwagon” approach, especially with such a good idea.

 Oh well, I am sure they have convinced themselves that their fate at the ballot box will be enhanced by trenchant opposition, so good luck with that …..

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We need the return of the …

Posted by davidburbage on April 15, 2007

Jedi. Someone was arguing on the radio that faith schools should be phased out because it was difficult to impossible to define ‘faith’ – they cited the fastest growing faith as “Jedi” because of the write-in campaign that accompanied the 2001 census.

Well, clearly the Empire heard about this because the very same day (Friday) we sighted the Imperial Forces combing Maidenhead for the Jedi….

Stormtroopers

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The Best Restaurant Village In The World

Posted by davidburbage on April 13, 2007

http://www.fatduck.co.uk/ – The Fat Duck in Bray. Just round the corner from

http://www.waterside-inn.co.uk/ – The Waterside Inn.

It’s a privilege to have such august premises in my local patch. Both are regarded as amongst the best – or the best – in the world. Unassuming from the outside….

fatduck.jpg

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Some poor planning

Posted by davidburbage on April 12, 2007

I did something yesterday that I’ve not felt the need to do in my 7 years on the Council – I walked out.

This was at last night’s long development control meeting, which was interesting in a number of ways.

My protest was simply that the Chairman was refusing to allow Members to speak, preferring to allow officers to interrupt Members to carry on and make their point whilst the Member (who had just begun to make a point) were not only interrupted – by the Chair or officers – but had their mikes switched off by the uber-powered Chairman.

The application in question is not particularly important in of itself, but the principles of the housing restraint policy underlying whether or not the Council should have given it its approval are very relevant and still a matter of great concern to residents as well as Councillors. Suffice to say that Government Inspectors rulings are not consistent, the Council’s policy has not been consistent (because the old H5 policy expired) and although we received legal advice the rules for determining such new dwelling applications are far from clear because of diverse opinions on the status of policy.

These matters were all relevant to the application I had originally called to panel, but relevant discussion was cut down by the Chair who wanted to simply take a vote. Unable to contribute to the debate, I walked out. So much for freedom of speech, let alone democracy.

Cllr Wilson got into ‘trouble’ because he said that a planning officer had not visited a site. Consternation and angry words. However, as was obvious from his remarks which I’d heard correctly, but clearly the Chair and officers had not, he was reporting what the applicant had told him. This all got cleared up, but not without a great deal of pointless and unnecessary brickbats unrelated to the merits of the application.

It’s also OK, apparently, to have a four storey office block to be built at the bottom of your garden, as was approved on Bridge Avenue imposing on Forlease Rd properties.

It’s also OK to have more than 30 sqm of non-floodable building in the flood plain, so long as it’s not too much over the limit. The policy does not say ’30sqm or thereabouts’, it says ’30 sqm’.

It’s also OK to build garages that don’t meet the minimum standards for size, rendering them liable to be ‘converted’ as extensions in future.

Three councillors definitely departing all took part in the meeting – Jeremy Hyde, who came to speak to a Tree Preservation Order (he wanted the tree to go) – nobody else did, so he leaves the council on a losing note. Peter Herlinger and Mike Bruton also were voting for the last time.

All in all, a messy and unsatisfactory end to the current panel. What is ironic is that this last messy panel will be replaced by a new panel with a number of Members that have never experienced a planning meeting before. I was there once..

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Guardian blogs the blogs

Posted by davidburbage on April 11, 2007

I confess I’m not an avid Guardian reader. I used to be, actually, when I was young and impressionable and thought ‘IF’ was worth the cost of the paper….

http://society.guardian.co.uk/futureforpublicservices/story/0,,2053759,00.html

has some biting reality about our public services. I’d say ‘enjoy’ but you won’t.

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Medieval

Posted by davidburbage on April 11, 2007

One candidate in the Borough election claimed to have received a letter proposing the following policy :

 Permission to have several sets of stocks [..] for miscreants.

I will not name them for fear of encouraging adulation 🙂
Suffice to say I think the famous Human Rights Act might be used as a defence.

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Windsor’s onstreet parking charges

Posted by davidburbage on April 10, 2007

Under our proposals to make short-term parking free for RBWM Advantage card holders , the right hand column in these tables not currently shown on the RBWM website, would all read “FREE”.

ON-STREET PARKING TARIFFS

ETON

09.00 – 1800 MON – SUN

Time

Without Card Advantage Card
30 Mins £0.20 £0.10
1 Hour £1.00 £0.60

DATCHET

09.00 – 1800 MON – SAT

Time

Without Card Advantage Card
1 Hour £0.50 FREE
2 Hours £1.00 N/A
3 Hours £2.00 N/A
4 Hours £2.50 N/A
> 4 Hours £4.50 N/A

BARRY AVE

09.00 – 1800 MON – SUN

Time

Without Card Advantage Card
1 Hour £1.00 £0.50
2 Hours £2.00 £1.00

St LEONARD’S ROAD – SHOPS

09.00 – 1800 MON – SUN

Time

Without Card Advantage Card
30 Mins £0.20 £0.10
1 Hour £1.00 £0.60

CENTRAL

09.00 – 1800 MON – SUN

Time

Without Card Advantage Card
1 Hour £0.50 £0.30

: Park St; Victoria St; Datchet Rd; Farm Yard; Sheet St; Thames Side 

RESIDENTIAL –

1 Hour

09.00 – 1800 MON – SUN

Time

Without Card Advantage Card
1 Hour £0.30 £0.10

: Alexandra Rd; Claremont Rd; Devereux Rd; Dorset Rd; Grove Rd; Helena Rd; St Leonard’s Ave; St Marks Rd 

RESIDENTIAL –

2 Hours

09.00 – 1800 MON – SUN

Time

Without Card Advantage Card
1 Hour £0.20 £0.10
2 Hours £0.60 £0.30

: Albert St; Alma Rd; Beaumont Rd; Bexley St; Clarence Rd; Duke St; Fawcett Rd; Frances Rd; Oxford Rd; Queens Rd; St Leonard’s Rd; Vansittart Rd

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Campaigning in North Town

Posted by davidburbage on April 9, 2007

Campaigning in Riverside – off Laggan Road and around; there’s a significant Asian community and with James Elles MEP and Theresa May MP we covered a lot of ground. Our candidate (between me and James Elles on the right) seems to know everyone – and gets an excellent response. His father was very involved in setting up the mosque apparently.

North Town, Maidenhead with Theresa May MP and James Elles MEP

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Working the wards

Posted by davidburbage on April 7, 2007

Easter Saturday – I’ve been in three wards today, working the leaflets, doorbells and walking the streets. Tired legs and we’re only just beginning!

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