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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 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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