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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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Localism

Posted by davidburbage on October 23, 2007

Spent yesterday morning in London – or more precisely, spent about an hour and a half at a seminar with Dan Hannan MEP , Theresa Villiers MP and Tim Montgomerie from ConservativeHome. Very interesting and I was able to note a few key initiatives that we could try here to improve the community. More use of the referendum was a key point; as Dan points out in his blog there have been something like 26 in the UK since Labour came to power on regional assemblies, local government / mayoral elections and devolution. But on the new EU Treaty? Nope!

Hannan as ever spoke with clarity and determination, gave solid examples of why taking decisions as ‘low’ as possible is a good idea and demonstrated an abmirable and advanced understanding of public policy. I hope his enthusiasm is reflected in the commitments that will be forthcoming in a future manifesto. Tim obviously had his camera phone or something similar because this would have been the view from where he was sitting (photo credit : Tim!)

Localism Seminar

I also met Keith Mitchell who is about to be abolished – to explain, he’s the Chairman of SEERA the South East Regional Assembly. Even more undemocratic measures from the Labour Govt mean that the limited regional powers that SEERA has are going to be sent on to SEEDA Mk 2 (the development agency) which will have even less accountability to those of us who pay the bills.

I have long supported more localism, which in a very small way we have put into place with our Alley Gating Panel. This committee to consider blocking up alleys will be a public meeting with representation from those affected, and ward councillors. It hasn’t met yet, but most people appear to believe it’s a good thing.

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