Windsor City Council supporters slam Tories for stalled plans
CAMPAIGNS slammed the ruling conservatives decision to block plans for a Windsor City Council (WTC) as “pathetic” and “poor”.
But they remain hopeful that this is not the end and that a Windsor city council for non-parish neighborhoods is “inevitable.”
Since 2019, campaigners have been fighting for a WTC to be put in place to bring local democracy and accountability back to Windsor’s 21,000 voters.
The paper and online petition collected a total of 2,004 signatures.
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Although the council undertook a WTC review and two rounds of consultations, ruling Tories rejected agents’ recommendations to create a city council at a plenary council meeting on July 20.
They believed the 3.23 percent response rate from the second consultation, which got 679 responses, “was not a good mandate” to establish a WTC and increase costs for Windsorians through the precept.
Conservatives also deemed this additional layer of governance “unnecessary” with 21 city councilors covering non-parish areas.
Speaking to the Local Democracy Reporting Service, Richard Endacott, president of the West Windsor Residents’ Association, said this “proves” that Maidenhead councilors “dominate” decision-making and rob Windsor residents of what they want. the residents.
He also criticized the administration’s reasons that there is no appetite for a city council as “disappointing” and “weak”, as more than 2,000 Windsorians have signed a petition for the creation of a city council. .
Mr Endacott said they could “easily” have doubled the number of signatures without the lockdown.
He said: There is real anger that once again the loyalty of political parties has met with honest and open debate and this is the biggest disappointment of all because the arguments were pathetic. No substance for them and ours was very robust and very thoughtful and countered all of them.
“Deny Windsor residents the same level of representation [as other parish areas] is just amazing, and I think it’s sad that they are so blind to party politics that they can’t see the big picture and hiding behind the lack of interest is just poor because that this is just not true, ”he added.
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But all is not gloomy, as activists are hopeful that a WTC will take place in the next few years.
However, Mr Endacott believes the Tories “missed the opportunity” to form city council and could find themselves in a tough spot when they run for Windsor wards in the 2023 municipal election.