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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Windsor)

Posted by davidburbage on April 13, 2015


Continue the fight to keep our 24/7 Fire service in Windsor

In 2009 David Cameron visited Windsor Fire Station, to join our campaign to keep the 24/7 service for Windsor. In 2015, the new fire station at Tinkers Lane opened – and it wasn’t an easy ride! But we did what we said we would do.

Campaign to make Windsor Police station open to the public for greater period of time

Working with Thames Valley Police, we’re in close discussion for a jointly operated resident facility

Pilot the pedestrianisation of Lower Peascod Street

Done – and made permanent

Pursue options to ensure that the night time economy is safe and does not harm residential amenity through any form of ASB or crime

More test purchases, drugs operations, licensing and planning protocol introduced and community wardens to assist on the ground

Continue to support taxi marshalling scheme through key partners


Fight against aggressive clamping operators across Windsor

Done and clamping now abolished

Support the Windsor Legacy Bridge campaign

Resident funding has begun, and the campaign continues

Work to deliver new rowing facilities alongside the Thames

CanRow team working on a Jubilee River facility in partnership with the council and other sports bodies


And That’s It.


We promised 104 items, delivered 104 items; sometimes overdelivered, sometimes in a slightly different way than was envisaged at the time of writing, but outcomes always being achieved.

Doing what we said we would do.


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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Education and Schools)

Posted by davidburbage on April 13, 2015


We’ve certainly delivered fantastic results in choice and investment in local school. Cllr Bicknell (picture above) has been championing the potential for local grammar school places, and our commitment to excellent local provision continues.

Streamline the applications process for schools admissions

The vast majority of applications are now performed online

Give as many schools choices for parents as possible across local schools

We expanded the choices from 3 to 6 for all school applications

Plan for and support vocational courses for the over 16s

Advanced apprenticeships are up 20% since 2010/11 and we provide weekly updates to students

Work with schools to improve their civic offer eg Adopt-A-Street

Seventeen schools now involved in Adopt-A-Street and we’ve had school visits by waste awareness officers

Continue to offer a comprehensive safeguarding service

A recent Ofsted visit has given assurance we are not in the same boat as Rotherham or Slough! We have been very publicly asking for all agencies to participate in our Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub.

Support local applications for free schools where appropriate


Three new free schools approved – Holyport College, Braywick Court and now Forest Bridge School

Support redevelopment of the Holyport Manor site for Education purposes

Now a fantastic state boarding school, heavily oversubscribed and popular in the locality



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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Leisure and Libraries)

Posted by davidburbage on April 13, 2015


We’ve had tremendous success with our parks, libraries and leisure facilities. Popular and open for longer hours, our libraries are some of the most valued community destinations.

Maintain and enhance our parks

New play areas, new table tennis tables, more trees, dog-proof picnic areas and all weather pitches delivered!

Increase gym capacity at our leisure centres

Charters, Magnet and Windsor all have renewed and extended facilities. Furze Platt is a new facility!

Extend and enhance the Borough’s library offer, opening more library facilities and providing a greater range of services

Most libraries are now open on Saturdays and Sundays, WiFi and other great capabilities delivered

Increase volunteering opportunities in the Guildhall Museum and Borough libraries and parks

26 additional volunteers recruited for libraries at weekends, supporting professional staff, and new volunteers for the museum

More fountains for the Borough

Jubilee fountain in Alexandra Gardens at the Goswells very popular, fixed the Guildhall drinking fountain, fixed the Maidenhead library fountain and new fountains coming to the Borough

Extend public sports events in our towns eg road races

Park Runs now introduced through our Bright Ideas programme, football and rugby tournaments and regular triathlons

Introduce a prep/homework service in our libraries for Borough children

Pilot schemes introduced with publicity for residents

Extend youth provision across the Borough

Weekly sessions up 95% since 2011. Attendance levels up 28% since 2011

Fully support better access and business opportunities for 2012 Olympics at Eton Dorney

The Olympics went well!

Maintain support for our Arts Centres

Four year service level agreements in place for regular funding

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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Adult Services)

Posted by davidburbage on April 12, 2015


Here I am with Dee Quick at the Boyn Grove Resource Centre in Maidenhead. Not only completed under our administration, and expanded, the centre contains a new library!

Support development of extra care housing to provide solutions for residents with adult social care needs

We’ve improved the facilities at Lady Elizabeth House and more extra care units are in the pipeline.

Preserve respite and day care facilities

Respite policy strengthened, and facilities for day care have been preserved at Lady Elizabeth House

Improve IT use and capabilities for older residents

Facilities introduced at Boyn Grove and Spencer Denney centre

Use new public health responsibilities to improve health outcomes for the borough

We now have significant public health responsibilities; we’re taking action with health checks, smoking cessation campaigns and bowel screening

Fight for local health facilities to be maintained and enhanced across the borough, not cut, removed or centralised to other places

Massive campaigns fought to preserve the local NHS offer at Heatherwood hospital, and also at St Marks in Maidenhead.

Support Ways Into Work in helping residents with learning difficulties to access employment opportunities

More disabled people being helped into jobs and training, also supported at the Rendezvous cafe at the Town Hall

Continue to support SMILE

SMILE support has continued across the Leisure services transfer to Parkwood

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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Crime and Anti Social Behaviour)

Posted by davidburbage on April 11, 2015


Continuing the series looking at the successful delivery of our 2011 manifesto, here’s what we did on Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour. ( . . . all achieved without stormtroopers)

Increase the number of Community Wardens to 18

We’ve had 18 Full Time Equivalent wardens on staff since December 2014.

Extend warden powers further

Wardens now enforce litter, graffiti, fly tipping, dog fouling and others. In 2014/5 we’ve issued 300 litter notices, keeping the Borough Tidy!

Focus support to residents who experience anti-social behaviour, improving the response time for resolution of problems

39% reduction in response times since our commitment was made.

Provide an effective mechanism for resolution of neighbour disputes

An improved protocol has resulted in a reduction in the number of neighbourhood disputes, and difficult cases have been dealt with.

Provide an out-of-hours service for a range of urgent council functions when offices are closed

New support for unauthorised planning issues, late night noise and dangerous structures introduced.

Increase the recruitment of special constables in collaboration with the Thames Valley Police

700 Specials recruited in the Thames Valley Police

Increase CCTV

New cameras installed at Clarence Road, Stafferton Way and Maidenhead Road.

Allow licensing decisions to be taken by local councillors answerable to their electorate

Extending the pool of councillors to a legal maximum, now decisions are able to be taken by more local respresentatives

Campaign to keep local police stations open and ensure better resident access at existing stations

Support for joint working with the police has meant proposals for Windsor are being worked through, and Ascot Police station has been reopened with volunteer support. Parking spaces have been provided outside Maidenhead Police station.

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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Environment)

Posted by davidburbage on April 11, 2015


The above picture, taken in the floods of 2014 in Hurley, shows just how much effect the environment has on our community. In Wraysbury, Datchet and elsewhere there were serious problems. But environment incorporates everything from bin collection to recycling and our pledges have all been kept.

Keep the weekly bin and enhanced recycling collections

We’ve done this, and we’re now one of the tiny 6% of councils who retain a full service

Plant more trees and woodland

Over 15,000 trees planted in the last five years, supporting air quality and the natural environment

Support residents in installing renewable energy systems

Leaflets available in libraries and information on the Borough’s website

Assist schools in increasing recycling

164 school awareness visits have taken place, and new recycling containers have RFID tags to help monitor school performance

Create more recycling facilties

Extra facilities have been installed across the Borough. Battery and electronic equipment recycling banks have improved resident facilities

Work with the EA to deliver river power through weirs (Archimedes Screw)

Support to MaidEnergy will enable a community shares offer to be made. The Romney Lock river power is now in operation.

Continue to promote car sharing, and reduce dependence on expensive carbon fuel journeys

Car sharing information and promotion is now part of the Borough’s strategy.

Protect the Thames and its environment

Repairs to river banks approved by the EA; planning applications continue to respect the setting of the Thames, and we’ve worked with Datchet Parish Council to improve the riverside park.

Support introduction of additional dog bins where justified and increase action against dog fouling and other littering

Extra dog bins have been provided. More powers against fouling and littering have been given to community wardens to enforce.

Support provision of electric car charge points in partnership with industry

Done, and charging points installed

Enforce eco-friendly planning standards for new buildings in the Borough

Supplementary planning guidance now issued and adopted

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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Planning and Housing)

Posted by davidburbage on April 10, 2015

Next house?

As part of the election campaign I’m running through what we said we’d do last time, and what we did.

This time, Planning and Housing.

Protect the Green Belt

Council motions and published consultation proposals diminish chance of major greenbelt loss

Support neighbourhood planning as per the Localism bill

Wow, have we over delivered here! All parts of the Borough are covered by a neighbourhood plan, and one has even passed referendum in Ascot and the Sunnings.

Only support shared equity and staircased home ownership options for affordable housing delivery

New policies in the local plan will ensure major developments contain these tenure types to bring new residents as stakeholders in their community

Support innovative funding options to better enable right-to-buy applications

Do It Yourself Shared Ownership has brought in new homes through Housing Solutions. More schemes are being worked on.

Support and enhance our conservation areas

Two new and two enhanced conservation areas have been delivered.

Press for greater powers and quicker responses in dealing with planning infringements, fighting any appeals strongly

Enforcement resources have been expanded and external resource brought in to support appeal proceedings. We’ve lobbied Government over the difficulties of dealing with unauthorised encampments and developments.

Encourage small businesses with minimal impact to be supported through planning policy

New protocol in place and new policies to be brought in through the new local plan

Work to ensure planning policy is fair to all with no special privileges

Planning decisions for traveller applications have been both given Member approval (Datchet) and refused (Waltham St Lawrence, Old Windsor, Fifield). Sufficient plots for the travelling community have been endorsed by the Borough – and unauthorised encampments have been considered for enforcement or legal proceedings.

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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Highways and Transport)

Posted by davidburbage on April 10, 2015


Roads usually comes top of the list in resident surveys for what needs attention by the local authority.

Continue to spend more money on the roads

We spent over £9,000,000 on the Borough’s roads in the last four years, assisted by central Government on occasion! Our commitment in this area remains strong as it is important to our residents

Work with schools to keep them open as much as possible during adverse winter weather

We’ve offered grit bins to all schools, and improved communications to assist during bad weather

Integrate cycling into the Borough’s transport plans

Integrated. Over £500,000 has been invested in the Borough’s cycle routes

Introduce more grit bins for businesses and residents

80 additional grit bins introduced

Bring in more use of season tickets, pay by phone, pay on exit and multiple use tickets for ease of use of the Borough’s car parks

Season tickets now issued in 1 month, 3 month and 6 month offers which has increased take up. Pay by phone is now across the Borough

Review traffic lights, removing unnecessary signals considering roundabouts as replacements

We removed traffic lights on the A4 at Sainsburys in Maidenhead, at Sheet Street/Victoria Street in Windsor (replaced with a roundabout) and at William St in Windsor.

Support bus users with more information and work with companies to improve services

New bus stops including live timetable information introduced

Work with fast food restaurants to ensure litter is cleared from their properties

More restaurants signed up to Adopt A Street, and residents satisfaction has increased in this area

Crack down on grass verge parking

Verge protection introduced at 20 sites

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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Finance)

Posted by davidburbage on April 10, 2015



If the Royal Borough’s administration is known for anything, it’s for cutting the cost of Government by reducing council tax. We’ve had national platforms to talk about this (above, at the Conservative Party Conference with former Hammersmith and Fulham leader Stephen Greenhalgh).

Aim to limit Council Tax rises, at or below the rate of inflation, without cutting services

Council tax has been cut each year, services continue

Increase alternative income streams

Rent being received into public hands from York Road flats, and other streams have increased

Share more back office services with other councils to improve efficiency

We now share legal, building control, internal audit and adoption services with other authorities – there are many more in the longer list!

Complete lean management initiatives, continuously improving our business processes

Improved revenue and benefits processes, post room improvements and technology application in libraries have all made things more efficient


Continue with tight controls on benefit fraud to ensure a fair deal for residents

Prominent benefit fraud cases prove our commitment

Support local Credit Unions to allow local people to avoid door to door loan sharks

We’ve supported Berkshire Credit Union and improved local access

Use the council’s property portfolio to assist redevelopment and service improvement

Proposals at Ray Mill Road East, in the town centre and in Windsor are all being used

Ensure top quality customer service centre facilities for residents access in person, by phone, email and online chat facilities


Seek to avoid increases in fees and charges, especially for unsubsidised services


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Delivering our 2011 Manifesto (Maidenhead)

Posted by davidburbage on April 8, 2015


One of the biggest challenges we faced coming into power in 2007 was the long history of inactivity in Maidenhead town centre. There had been political disagreements and general uncertainty about how to make progress. We changed all that over the last 8 years and real progress is visible and very active in the town.

Work tirelessly to deliver regeneration of Maidenhead Town Centre delivering quality shops for residents and visitors

Regeneration is happening all around! A better shopping offer is supported as more people live and work in the town centre following regeneration activity and “Enjoy Maidenhead” promotions. We’re also conscious of changing shopping habits as the internet continue to impact conventional retailers.

Review the roads system to improve access and footfall into the town centre

Proposals to “turn left” from the A4 into Waitrose, the removal of unnecessary traffic lights and a now wider review has taken place

Support more regular markets and extra events on the High Street

Loads of events and markets continue in the town centre.

Improve and extend town centre parking, and bring in more free parking offers

New on-street parking spaces have been provided, and free residents parking permits have been agreed.

Keep the Town Hall and continue the work of the cross party Partnership for the Rejuvenation of Maidenhead (PRoM)

Town Hall kept; PRoM widely engaged and visible, on a cross party basis

Bring hanging baskets all year round to Maidenhead Town Centre


Bring in Pay on Exit Parking at Nicholson’s car park


Put no traffic lights on Maidenhead’s A4 roundabouts

None done!

Keep onstreet parking free


Continue to support the Maidenhead Waterways Restoration scheme

The Borough continues in close collaboration with the MWRG to support delivery of the scheme. More work and effort is needed all round, but progress is visible and positive.



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