Month: May 2020

Parking Permit Issues

In the last few days, residents across the Royal Borough have been receiving letters demanding they re-apply for new parking permits by the 31st of July.  The letter sets out a scale of charges and includes a link to a ‘Renew a resident permit’ page. This measure was introduced by the Conservative administration at a […]


Cllr Simon Werner’s speech to Cabinet 21/05/20

In a rather unusual but not altogether surprising step, opposition councillors were not allowed to speak at tonight’s meeting to discuss last week’s call-in of the Family Hubs paper that was approved at Cabinet on 30th April. Here’s what leader of the opposition Cllr Simon Werner (Pinkneys Green) would have said, had he been invited […]


When scrutiny becomes excruciating

Written by Cllr John Baldwin I know that to many of you the inner workings of your Council must seem arcane and deeply uninteresting.  So, the thought of reading a blog about a meeting of the Adults, Children and Health Overview and Scrutiny Panel on the 14th of May will fill you with dread. But […]


How Foodshare Maidenhead has adapted to the coronavirus crisis

By Cllr John Baldwin (Belmont ward) Foodshare Maidenhead (FM) has been a lifeline to the poorest and most vulnerable in our community for nearly as many years as I have lived in the town. My wife and I have been adding a few bits to the shopping every week for as long as we can […]


That Cabinet meeting and what it means for our children’s and youth centres

Thursday 29 April saw the Council resume some measure of ‘business as normal’.  The Conservative administration brought forward their proposals to slash £600,000 of services in the name of ‘transforming’ Children’s Centre, Youth services and Family Resilience teams into the controversial Family Hub model. The meeting was a virtual one with a live YouTube feed.  […]

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