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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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Posted by davidburbage on June 28, 2007

Our planning meeting lasted for ages last night – until 11pm or thereabouts. The lengthy agenda, the number of speakers together with vocal Members certainly contributed to the long meeting. A welcome change, however, was with the Libdems, who suddenly have found their love for accountability, calling for a named vote (bizarrely) on a barns application for a farm out near Drift Road. My view was that the openness of the Greenbelt would be enhanced by moving the barns, whereas a number of members took the view that it wouldn’t. The ward councillors and myself all agreed that greenbelt openness would be improved overall by the moving of the barns, on balance – but Cllr Richards declared that by building barns (for agricultural use) on a farm, this would leave us open to applications to build 50 houses in the fields or something like that! I must ask him what he was getting at because it wasn’t at all obvious to me. As it turned out, the application was refused 9-6 (from memory) so there were a number of differing views!

Other applications involved the removal of the Mallards Reach toilets (currently closed), finally sorting out the entrance gates down in Temple, lighting of the Grasslands offices development in Hurley – lots to chew on.

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