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RBWM Press Release
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« on: April 08, 2014, 02:26:59 PM »

Your Local Budget consultation

More than 1,000 residents have cast their votes so far in the Royal Borough’s fifth annual Your Local Budget consultation, which urges people to have a direct say in how £225,000 of their council tax is spent.

Voting leaflets were distributed with the 2014/15 council tax information last month but there is still plenty of time to take part before the closing date on Friday 2 May.

Residents are being asked to rank the schemes and projects they believe deserve a cash boost:

  • £100,000 for priorities that would benefit people wherever they live in the borough, and
  • £125,000 for schemes that would benefit people living in a particular area – £50,000 each for the Maidenhead and Windsor areas and £25,000 for Ascot & the Sunnings.

Cllr David Burbage, council leader and chairman of the cabinet participatory budget sub committee, said: “We have had a flurry of interest in voting since the leaflets were delivered to local homes. However, with the closing date still some three weeks away, there is plenty of opportunity to take part and tell us how this money should be spent.

“Residents can decide if they want the cash to be used for a wide range of schemes such as roads maintenance, verge clearance, helping new businesses and facilities for young people – or they can give us their own ideas. All will be taken into account when we come to make the final decisions.”

Over the past four years more than £1m of Your Local Budget money has been spent on services and projects that are top of residents’ priority lists.

Cllr George Bathurst, cabinet member for policy and performance, said, “The beauty of this scheme is that residents rule – their votes dictate where the money goes. It’s that simple! I hope as many people as possible will vote as it only takes two minutes of their time to make a difference.”

Online voting is open at www.rbwm.gov.uk/web/ways_to_get_involved.htm and additional copies of the form are available at the Town Hall, Maidenhead, and York House, Windsor, as well as in all libraries and council leisure centres and at First Stop Shops in Eton, Datchet, Sunninghill and Sunningdale.
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