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RBWM Press Release
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« on: March 08, 2010, 05:38:24 PM »

The Royal Borough is making it even easier for residents who want to influence how the council spends £½m of its 2010/11 capital budget.

This week the ‘Your council tax…Your choice’ consultation goes on the road with an exhibition stand and mobile kiosk – making it more convenient for people to take part.

The council has set aside an additional £½m which could provide a cash injection for several one-off local projects, depending on how residents rank a list of eight different schemes in order of priority. Alternatively, they can opt for not spending the money at all.

The travelling consultation will be at six venues over the next two weeks:
·   Wednesday 10 March – Windsor Leisure Centre (4 – 7.30pm)
·   Saturday 13 March – Nicholsons Shopping Centre, Maidenhead (9.30am – 1pm)
·   Monday 15 March –
Tesco, Dedworth, Windsor (10am – 1.30pm)
Charters Leisure Centre, Sunningdale (4.30 – 8pm)
·   Wednesday 17 March – Magnet Leisure Centre, Maidenhead (10am – 1.30pm)
·   Friday 19 March – Waitrose, Sunningdale (10am – 1.30pm).

When the consultation ends the council will use the information to either not spend the money or target it at the two or three most popular local choices, depending on what people have said.

Cllr Liam Maxwell, lead member for policy and performance, said: “Since the consultation was launched last week we have been delighted by the level of response from local people who are keen to have a real say in how the £½m should be spent – or not spent at all.

“This is a major first for the Royal Borough and we are monitoring it very carefully to see if we can incorporate this kind of community consultation into future budget decisions.”
 
Cllr Richard Kellaway, lead member for finance, said: "It will be very interesting to see how residents rank the projects according to priority for them, their families and communities – or they may direct us not to spend the money at all. The consultation will provide the council with valuable information as we take the council forward into the new financial year.”

The eight project options offered in the consultation – called Participatory Budgeting – are:
·   Extra grit boxes and a small gritter with mini snow plough for clearing entrances to schools, day centres etc and more salt for winter roads maintenance – £100,000 (on top of the annual winter service budget of £110,000)
·   Traffic calming measures – £100,000 (in addition to £200,000 already allocated)
·   Trees – £100,000 for planting  projects, eg avenues of trees on main roads and new orchards in local parks (on top of the 2,000 trees already scheduled for planting in the year ahead)
·   Sustainable street lighting – up to £250,000 (additional to the planned budget of around £205,000)
·   Improved disabled access to council buildings – £100,000 (on top of the £83,000 already in the budget)
·   Heritage projects – an extra £100,000 for arts and heritage projects across the borough (in addition to £500,000 already allocated)
·   Town centre improvements – £250,000 to upgrade paving and street furniture in Windsor, Maidenhead and Ascot
·   Cycling – £100,000 to improve cycling facilities across the borough, including links to schools, workplaces and town centres and work with schools to encourage children to cycle (in addition to the £75,000 already in the budget).

A consultation has been distributed to homes across the borough and additional leaftlets are available at the Town Hall, St Ives Road,Maidenhead; York House, Sheet Street, Windsor; all local libraries and at the Magnet, Windsor and Charters leisure centres.

Information is being sent out on Twitter and and residents can take part online at www.rbwm.gov.uk

The closing date for responses is Monday 22 March 2010.

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Dragonman
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« Reply #1 on: March 08, 2010, 06:34:59 PM »

Once again I see that they have left Cookham off their list. Why can't they come to the Pinder Hall. That of course if they want to get a fair evaluation!
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Bagheera
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« Reply #2 on: March 08, 2010, 08:48:24 PM »

I suggest they spend it on sorting out the mess they have made with our children's education!
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