The deadline for residents, community groups, and businesses, to participate in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead’s proposed budget consultation, is midnight on Monday 31 January.
The proposed 2022/23 budget focuses on investment to upgrade infrastructure in key areas, support the Royal Borough’s most vulnerable residents, ensure the council can continue to provide quality services for all residents, and support the priorities in the borough’s Corporate Plan.
The consultation, which launched at the beginning of December, is available online at https://rbwmtogether.rbwm.gov.uk/budget-consultation. It is an opportunity for anyone who lives or works in the Royal Borough to share their views on funding sources, regeneration, or any other council services. Paper copies of the consultation are also available in borough libraries.
Councillor Andrew Johnson, leader of the council, said: “If you haven’t already, please do take part in this crucial consultation. We want you to share your thoughts with us on our proposals. We also welcome your ideas if you think there are other ways, we could deliver those services that matter to you.
“This year’s proposed budget looks to the future with investment at its heart. While maintaining the lowest Council Tax rate in Berkshire and one of the lowest Council Tax rates in England, we’re investing significantly in children’s services and adult social care - two of the areas most impacted by demographic demands.
“There’s a focus on thriving communities and inspiring places, as we’re undertaking extensive rejuvenation and regeneration programmes – most notably in Maidenhead town centre, Ascot, and the Windsor public realm. We’re also investing heavily in our flood prevention measures and Climate Partnership.
“The past two years have been challenging. Like many other councils across the country, we’ve had to make some difficult decisions. But these decisions have stabilised our financial position and addressed those issues needed for longer-term financial sustainability.”
Feedback from the public consultation will help inform discussions when the draft budget is debated at Full Council on Tuesday 22 February 2022.