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Oct 282017
 
Tony and Mandy at Cookham Bridge

Local Lib Dems have been working with parishes across the Borough to assess whether the Council is ready to deal with flooding. Mandy Brar said, “We think there are six things the Borough must do to keep us safe and dry.”
1. Commit to providing pumps and barriers to protect key infrastructure including sewage pumping stations and electricity substations.
2. Create incentives for residents to protect their own homes and small businesses where sandbags don’t work.
3. Provide resilient bus services – reliable alternative services should be routinely provided when normal routes are broken by flooded roads.
4. Carry out regular test exercises to make sure that all the flood services (Borough officers, staff at The Project Centre in Slough, the Emergency Planning Unit and contractors) know how to work with the parishes in the event of flood.
5. Insist that the Environment Agency have a transparent operation system for the Jubilee River, and new River Thames Scheme controls, which are regularly rehearsed.
6. Remove the red tape from local flood defence schemes by making its own Borough assessment of the benefits and getting on with the work if appropriate, for example the A4094 at Widbrook Common.

CCTV Saved by Lib Dems

CCTV Saved by Lib Dems

Ten months ago, the Conservatives put forward proposals to cut 30 CCTV cameras across the Borough and to stop the cameras being monitored 24 hours a day. The council declared that no CCTV camera had been switched off despite evidence showing that seven of them had already been. Cllr Simon Werner’s campaign forced them not […]

Borough Local Plan Disaster

Borough Local Plan Disaster

Plans by the Borough Conservatives to build on the green belt without the necessary infrastructure improvements are continuing despite public opposition from residents and over 30 local community groups. This plan will build on our local green belt without providing any truly affordable housing on these sites, without sorting out many of the highways issues […]

Borough’s Children’s Services Savaged by Ofsted

Borough’s Children’s Services Savaged by Ofsted

On September 1st, Ofsted delivered a damning report on RBWM’s provision for children and young people with disabilities and special needs. The list of complaints is simply too long to reproduce here, but we felt this statement sums up the dire state of affairs: “Parents overwhelmingly report dissatisfaction with their experience of the system and […]

Government fails to deal with NHS and Social Care Crisis

Government fails to deal with NHS and Social Care Crisis

Local Lib Dems have slammed the Government’s failure to provide enough extra cash for the NHS in today’s budget, warning that local services will struggle to cope with growing demand. Ahead of the budget the Liberal Democrats called for a £4 billion funding boost for NHS and care services this year. That would amount to […]

Will the Local Plan Stand-up for the Borough?

Will the Local Plan Stand-up for the Borough?

Imagine a visitor to the town arriving at the Maidenhead railway station and walking round the nearest corner (between King Street and Queen Street), then down York Road. This is supposed to be the ‘gateway’ to Maidenhead but what would they see? Mainly deserted premises and opposite the football ground entrance the row of houses […]