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.  […]



No-one should deny or attempt to minimise the uncertain and challenging time we are living through, least of all those elected to represent us.  We have discussed, as a group, what RBWM’s response should be to Coronavirus/COVID-19. Our first duty is of course to our all of our residents, and we will, until proven wrong, […]


Cllr Simon Bond’s 2020/2021 budget speech

* Councillors often vary their speeches as a result of the debate, and Cllr Bond wishes to point out that this blog may not represent exactly what he said. It does, however, represent his views. We have neighbourhoods of Victorian & Edwardian housing built before the motor car with minimal off‑street parking, only a short hop from a town centre. Without residents’ parking permits, they become overspill town centre parking and residents feel they have very little choice about paying. If the definition of a charge is paying […]

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