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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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Fire Authority Lose

Posted by davidburbage on November 12, 2009

The Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service lost today in the High Court against the LGA and ourselves, in a pre-emptive strike against our bid to allow the Royal Borough to run its own fire service.

According to the judge, so I am told, the Royal Borough would be far more harmed than the Fire Authority by any interruption of due process by expediting a hearing regarding the legality of our submission (and the consideration of it by the LGA).

Something may well now happen in January (in court terms) although by that stage it is likely a bid will be with the Secretary of State (if we are fortunate that our proposal is to be shortlisted by the LGA later this month).

In political terms I saw their action as a spoiler – after all, their livelihood as a bureaucracy is at stake, and the chance that their entire organisation may be dissolved as a result of our bid is not an impossible one. That shouldn’t give them carte blanche to splash public money around willy nilly  …. the fact they underspent in the last year by a million pounds clearly has given them enough money to spend on hiring a full Queens Counsel – (though not, of course, to provide a 24/7 fire service out of Windsor Fire Station).

I am told we were awarded costs for today’s hearing, against the Fire Authority.


One Response to “Fire Authority Lose”

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