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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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Royal Borough Lose

Posted by davidburbage on November 20, 2009

The LGA (supposedly in favour of “Local” Government) today threw out our application under the Sustainable Communities Act to run the local fire service, for the nonsensical reason of viability – there are fire authorities that are FAR smaller that do everything that fire authorities have to do, there are fire authorities of similar sizes that do everything that fire authorities have to do – but the LGA appear to believe in BIG Government, which is the antithesis of the Sustainable Communities Act, rather than smaller more local government. One of the comments was that Fire Services were moving towards a “bigger than county” arrangement becuase of the “difficulty of recruiting retained firefighters”. I couldn’t follow that non-sequiteur, nor why that was a barrier to a viable and clear proposal to achieve the opposite.

I believe the LGA have really done themselves a disservice as an organisation.

They didn’t appear to me to have a clear understanding as to why they should be selecting proposals, or on what basis.

Meanwhile, back at the (big) ranch, the public are having their say on the election of police commissioners.

Unsurprisingly, ordinary people think it’s a good idea, and the incumbents (police) think it’s a bad idea.

Just like our proposals for the Royal Borough’s fire service ……

Here are the two most popular comments on the BBC Have Your Say


Added: Friday, 20 November, 2009, 16:40 GMT 16:40 UK

Any move that would make the police more accountable to the public is a good move.

S. Potter

Added: Friday, 20 November, 2009, 16:43 GMT 16:43 UK

It works in the United States.
A Police Chief who has one eye on the voters is an asset to the community.


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One Response to “Royal Borough Lose”

  1. Tom Wise said

    Hmmph – I think you’ll find it doesn’t work in the United States in most places. Overall they have a higher murder rate and they end up spending far more money, with multiple Law Enforcement agancies in parallel – Highway Patrols, County Sheriffs, State Troopers and Police along with Federal Agenices like the FBI, ATF.

    A chief of Police who is also a Politician? Why don’t we just let the banks run the Police?!! What we need is for politicians who tie police up in red tape and political correctness to stop blaming the police for the silly laws they, the politicians enact.

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