Windsor councilors clash over whether Ascot town forum should exist
COUNCILORS argued over whether Ascot should be separated from the Windsor Community Forum and discuss its own issues.
A fight ensued after a councilor asked if the rural village should hold its own meeting to discuss its issues separately from Windsor’s.
The suggestion came from Clewer and Dedworth West Councilor Jon Davey (WWRA) at a meeting of the Town of Windsor Forum, which discusses community projects, the town center and issues, on Thursday January 13.
As Windsor and Maidenhead do not have a parish or town council, each region has a town forum respectively for local councillors, businesses, communities and residents to discuss issues. It does not set a parish precept or budget or have a say in planning requests like a parish or city council does.
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The Windsor Town Forum has a mix of councilors from the area, Ascot, Datchet, Horton and Wraysbury. Cllr Davey said the meeting was not ‘dedicated’ just to Windsor, citing updates from Thames Valley Police which covered the areas mentioned.
He said: ‘It’s the City of Windsor forum, and we discuss other things as well. To say that we are not just discussing Windsor is incorrect.
But Cllr David Cannon (Con: Datchet, Horton & Wraysbury), Senior Member for Parking and Public Safety, said the forum is dedicated to Windsor, adding that other areas such as Ascot do not require a municipal forum because these places have a local parish council.
Cllr David Hilton (Con: Ascot & Sunninghill), Senior Member for Finance and Ascot, weighed in on the discussion, saying information from the regions will ‘bleed’ into the forum.
He said, “You [Cllr Davey] would really offend the parish councils if you said, ‘you know what, we’re going to set up a forum that’s pretty much what you do and we’re going to kick you out’. It’s not a good way.
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Cllr Davey said Windsor could have had its own city council but was removed from office last year by the ruling Tories.
However, Cllr Hilton said it was not an “all time decision” but that he is temporarily shutting it down. But due to ‘the importance of Windsor’, the senior member added that it was ‘quite fair’ for a forum that focuses on Windsor issues.