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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, 2016

Parting speech to Cabinet

Posted by davidburbage on April 28, 2016

I’ve been attending the Cabinet of the Royal Borough for not just the last 9 years, but for over 14 – in the earlier Conservative administration from 2001 – and almost all Cabinet meetings since.

The only times I’ve not been here are either that I’ve been on holiday – or on one occasion, on an operating theatre table.

I know that Members, officers and the media know about the council tax cuts, the increase in libraries and Sunday opening, the weekly bin collections, the 100% delivery of our 2007 and 2011 manifesto pledges, the spending transparency and the investment in roads.

I know you know about the saving of Windsor Fire Station, the planting of over 10,000 trees and this Leader’s fondness for fountains which are springing up, if you forgive the pun, around and about. And shortly on a roundabout!

We allowed all those residents who say they don’t really like council tax cuts to donate back their council tax savings for us to invest in local public services. I think there has been one ever? Maybe two?

Anyway, tens of millions of pounds has been left in local residents’ pockets for them to spend.

Things do take years to complete – we’ve got the new Oldfield School, completed the missing link in the Thames Path and of course we were talking about the great new Stafferton Way Link at Council.

We have 3 new free schools including Holyport College in my ward courtesy of Cllr Dudley, new and improved leisure centre facilities at Cox Green, Charters and Furze Platt, hundreds of streets adopted by residents to keep free of litter, we have Royal Borough Ambassadors and a great big purple Town Crier.

Maidenhead is regenerating, Windsor is thriving, customer services are improving, new bus shelters are standing, grit bins and dog bins are proliferating but traffic lights are disappearing, solar panels and Bright Ideas are happening, to parishes, powers are devolving, Cllr Wilson’s local plan is emerging and the Council is transforming.

I’d like to sincerely thank all of the hard working council officers and tremendous efforts of my fellow Members to help this Conservative administration deliver such amazing results for local people. With our 2015 manifesto being delivered, much more is to come.

Finally, and to lift a quote from Tony Blair’s departing remarks, “Some may belittle politics but we who are engaged in it know it is where people stand tall. If it is, on occasions, the place of low skulduggery, it is more often the place for the pursuit of noble causes.”

Thanks to one and all

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Posted by davidburbage on April 22, 2016

Over the last 9 years the Royal Borough has gone from strength to strength. The work of this flagship Conservative Council has delivered large and sustained council tax cuts, opened new libraries, kept weekly refuse and weekly recycling collections, seen massive increases in volunteering (being selected as a Big Society vanguard) and nationally pioneering public spending transparency, participatory budgeting and incentives for recycling.


In Maidenhead we’ve opened the Stafferton Way Link road, linked up the Thames Path and are seeing massive investments in the town centre and the Waterways being built.


In Windsor we restored the Lutyens’ King George V Memorial fountain and installed a much-loved Jubilee fountain – alongside the new bandstand. We also saved the town’s fire station.


We have introduced a safeguarding hub (a “MASH”), shared services with other local authorities, increased our community wardens and become one of the best authorities in the country in processing residents’ revenues and benefits.


This has been done whilst reducing the tax bills of residents, and running the most efficient unitary authority in the country.


I have spent 16 years as a councillor for Bray, 13 years as the Conservative Group Leader and 9 as the Leader of the Council. I’ve chaired the inter-authority South East Strategic Leaders and Berkshire Leaders’ groups over many of the last 6 years – and received an MBE for my efforts.


With that done, it is time for a change at the top.


Nobody carries on for ever – so whilst the tremendous support from both councillor colleagues and Borough employees throughout my time has been amazing, I am going to give others the opportunity to succeed as the Council’s Leader, to continue the work of this excellent Conservative administration for many years into the future, starting at the forthcoming Annual Council meeting in May.


This is a fantastic Royal Borough and I hope I have served with dedication, enthusiasm and a passion for local democracy and public service. I thank the thousands of local people I have had the privilege of meeting, and particularly to all those who have elected me in Bray 5 times in succession, I do aim to continue to serve, in any way I usefully can.







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