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“So-called climate change…”

by Simon Bond This quarter’s meeting of the committee that oversees the council’s pension fund was a classic case of steps forward and steps backward. On the positive side was consideration of policies on responsible investment and voting at company AGMs. For me the major disappointment was that the responsible investment policy presented was second-hand […]

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Budget 21/22 — Cllr Amy Tisi’s speech to full council

The pandemic lockdowns have had a devastating effect on many people with disabilities, older people with dementia and their families. Constant uncertainty over when day services would reopen and the disruption to routines has had a huge impact on mental health. The impact of caring for relatives during the pandemic without respite should not be […]

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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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