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Royal Borough set to earmark £550,000 for community projects

Royal Borough set to earmark £550,000 for community projects

Philip Dewey

Royal Borough set to earmark £550,000 for community projects

More than £500,000 could be freed up by the Royal Borough to be spent on community projects such as the Christmas lights in Windsor and Maidenhead.

The council's Cabinet is due to meet tonight to decide whether to use £550,000 from the development fund, with reserves of £6.7m, to go towards community projects.

These include the enhancement of Christmas lights in Windsor, costing £100,000, the enhancement of Christmas lights in Maidenhead, costing £100,000, the expansion of Charters Leisure Centre, in Sunningdale, costing £250,000, and £100,000 towards the Love Dedworth project.

Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside), cabinet member for finance, said: "In recent years the council has delivered significant underspends on the back of strong budget management and has a contingency plan in place to address unexpected financial pressures.

"I'm also pleased that the balance of the development fund is healthy and that this will allow for a significant amount of money to be spent on community-based initiatives and delivering better services to our residents while lowering council tax."

It is also recommended that the council agrees to lease the land on which Windsor Leisure Centre stands to the RBWM Recreation Trust for seven years in order to continue running leisure services on the site.

If approved, the council will be able to save £25,000 per month as the Trust is exempt from business rates.

The meeting is due to take place at Windsor Guildhall.

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