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Politics in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead

  • About David Burbage

    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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burbage-new2.jpg I was born and brought up in Leicestershire, graduated from Imperial College, University of London and moved to Maidenhead in 1987. For most of that time I’ve been running a small software company and pursuing other interests such as getting married, having kids and getting involved in local politics.

I was Chairman of Imperial College Conservatives in my final year and got to meet a number of top Cabinet ministers who would come to speak at Imperial like Willie Whitelaw, Geoffrey Howe, Tom King, Cecil Parkinson. After I graduated I moved to Maidenhead to work with Northern Telecom (now Nortel) .

Locally I was involved in the Maidenhead Furze Platt branch, after a few years of moving and brief period abroad, got married in 1999 in Bray Church and became one of the Borough Councillors for Bray the following year.  Helen and I have two children educated locally.

In late 2001 I joined the Cabinet as Lead Member for Finance. Setting a Council Tax of 2.5% in 2002 was a small tax cut in real terms. In 2003 I became Conservative Group Leader and Leader of the Opposition.

In May 2007 the Conservatives won control of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, and I was appointed Leader of the Council later that month. The Conservative Group had up to 37 Members.

Newer claims to fame :

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead was the first Borough to pilot incentive based recycling, using the carrot rather than the Labour stick to encourage residents to recycle, rewarding with vouchers, discounts and contributions to charity from the Recyclebank scheme.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead was the first Borough to publish its suppliers expenditure online, every quarter. Now every invoice over £500 is reconciled online. It was incorporated into national party policy by Caroline Spelman at the 2009 Conservative Party Conference. It remained party policy, finding a place in the manifesto for the 2010 General election and eventually even into the coalition agreement.

We also publish every councillor expense claim as well as the allowances paid.

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead cut Council Tax by 4% in 2010/11 – this was the largest percentage reduction in Council Tax in the country, and we also have the lowest unitary council tax in England outside of a very few London Boroughs. A further 1/2% cut followed for 2011/12.

We’re also piloting participatory budgeting, and have further transparency by live monitoring of our energy usage online in the Council buildings.

In July 2010 the Royal Borough was selected by the Coalition Government to be one of 4 ‘vanguard’ local authority areas to push forward the “Big Society” agenda, breaking down the barriers of the state and freeing up communities to help themselves.

On 4th October 2010, David Burbage was listed as the 59th most influential right wing politician in the Telegraph’s “Top 100” table.

In May 2011 our team increased the size of the Conservative Group to 51 Members out of 57, reducing the Liberal Democrats to just one remaining seat.

I was awarded an MBE in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for services to Local Government.

In May 2015 the Conservative team at the Royal Borough grew to 54 out of 57, winning seats we’d not held for over 20 years!

One Response to “About”

  1. Roger Burbage Jr said

    hello david, interesting i have found yet another burbage on the web. just curious

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