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Author Topic: Park and Thrive set for inclusion in ‘people’s vote’  (Read 1797 times)
RBWM Press Release
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« on: March 01, 2011, 03:16:25 PM »

The Royal Borough has welcomed the new Park and Thrive campaign in Maidenhead and given the assurance that it is set for inclusion in this year’s participatory budgeting (PB) consultation with local residents.

The campaign calls for pay-on-exit to be installed in the Broadway car park at Nicholsons Shopping Centre to help boost trade in the Maidenhead.

The PB exercise – held for the first time in the borough last year – is set to be repeated in the very near future, giving residents the opportunity to ‘vote’ on a list of projects to choose the ones they want to see taken forward in the year ahead. This time last year more than 3,000 residents chose more cycling facilities, extra grit boxes and equipment for dealing with severe weather and increase tree planting as their top three, all of which have been progressed in 2010/11.

A £300,000 pot of money from the council’s capital budget has been set aside for this year’s PB exercise and on Tuesday of next week (8 March) the Cabinet Participatory Budgeting Sub-Committee will consider the Park and Thrive option for inclusion for the people’s vote. This follows extensive consultation with parish councils, the town forums and partnerships for both Maidenhead and Windsor/Eton and all members of the borough council.

Cllr David Burbage, Chairman of the PB sub committee and of Maidenhead Town partnership, said: “I am committed to including this in the list of potential schemes, subject to the decision of the PB sub committee.

“The Royal Borough’s top priority is to put residents first in everything we do and PB has proved itself to be a great example of getting people involved in how part of their council tax is spent. The Park and Thrive campaign shows that Maidenhead businesses see PB as a positive way of putting their project to residents and allowing them to decide if it is worth taking forward.

“As everyone knows, we are in the midst of very difficult economic times with many pressures on council finances and the cost of installing pay-on-exit, if that’s what local people want, would need to be carefully considered against all the other demands on our budget. However, PB is a positive first step and we look forward to the results of this year’s consultation.”

The Participatory Budgeting Sub committee meets on Tuesday 8 March at 7pm in the Town Hall, Maidenhead. Members will consider potential projects for this year’s PB exercise which have emerged from recent consultations and decide which should be put to the local vote. The agenda papers will be available soon on the council’s website
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« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2011, 03:24:22 PM »

I would be far more in favour of this project if the stupid car park hadn't just been changed to Pay and Display just a couple of years ago. It seems ridiculous to change it back again, for £50,000 I read on the front page of the Advertiser. Why should we spend this money on fixing a bad decision? Fix the bad decision and save the money for something else.
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