A consultation on proposals to create a new Windsor Town Council is underway.
Under the plans the council would be made up of 21 elected members, representing 10 wards, with its first elections on 4 May 2023.
It would be responsible for allotments and other services that are still to be determined. Over time, once individuals have been elected and the town council has established itself, it could take on additional duties if the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead agrees.
Residents and other interested parties have until Wednesday 2 June to give their views.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: “This process began in September 2019 when a group of local residents began an e-petition calling on the council to undertake a review into creating a new town council.
“The council has listened, we set up a cross-party working group with five councillors on it and this consultation on how a new town council for Windsor may look is the latest step in ascertaining what residents think and the level of support.”
The precept levied by the new council would be at least the current level that properties pay towards the special area account (£34.31) but could be more in the first year.
The amount in following years could be increased and would be determined by the town council.
The review was first announced at Full Council in July last year, where councillors voted unanimously to begin the process.
The first phase of the governance review came to an end last October and gave residents the chance to submit representations on the terms of reference for the review.
The majority of responses expressed support for the principle of creating a new town council.
Every residential property in the review area will receive an information leaflet explaining more about the proposals and the draft recommendations.
Residents can submit their views to the council in a number of ways:
• Write to us at Electoral Services, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, Town Hall, St Ives Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1RF.
• Email us at Electoral.Registration@rbwm.gov.uk
• Go online to complete the questionnaire.
• Drop-off hard copy responses to Windsor Library
The cross-party working group’s final recommendations will be considered by Full Council in July.
The wards affected by the review are Clewer & Dedworth East, Clewer & Dedworth West, Clewer East, Eton & Castle and Old Windsor.
If you have any queries about the review, please contact Electoral Services at Electoral.Registration@rbwm.gov.uk or call 01628 683868.