Year: 2021

Budget 21/22 — Cllr Gurch Singh’s speech to Full Council

“A Borough of Innovation and Opportunity”!  It’s a catchy slogan, and you plaster it everywhere! Apart from within your budget, where innovation is sorely lacking, and opportunity has been culled to the point of extinction. We have tried to contribute with fresh ideas, new thinking, a positive vision.  To date you have been closed and selfish, determined […]

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Budget 21/22 — Cllr Simon Bond’s speech to Full Council

I’d like to pay tribute to the work of our community wardens. I’ve been on the Community Action Group for north Maidenhead for about ten years and been impressed by the depth of local knowledge of the wardens and the neighbourhood police – so essential for dealing with crime and anti-social behaviour. The wardens and […]

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Budget 21/22 — Cllr Karen Davies’ speech to Full Council

This is a budget which contains eight pages of cuts, some of which may benefit the environment and some of which may lessen the borough’s capacity to address the climate emergency, yet there is no sense that either of these outcomes are central to their planning.  We are rapidly approaching two years since we unanimously declared […]

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Budget 21/22 — Cllr Catherine del Campo’s speech to Full Council

We may not know exactly what our towns and communities are going to look like post pandemic, but for certain, they will be different. Less emphasis on retail, more emphasis on places where people can meet, connect, eat, drink, learn and share ideas. Places where people can overcome loneliness — something that’s particularly acute right now. […]

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There is another way to solve the council’s financial problems

Following years of financial mismanagement at the council, which left us with no reserves to meet the challenge of Covid, the Borough has entered a spiral of decline. Each year, the council is having to make cut after cut after cut just to stave off bankruptcy.  The council’s medium-term financial plan demonstrates this with cuts […]

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