01:30PM, Monday 02 February 2015
Council tax looks set to fall for the sixth consecutive year, if proposals announced by the Royal Borough are approved. Reporter Luke Matthews hit the streets of Maidenhead and Windsor to find out if residents wanted the reduction to continue or see more money put into public services.
Rafaat Rahmani said more money needs to be put aside to find a way to attract people to Maidenhead town centre for shopping and services.
"It's a big issue because you have online shopping," said the 52-year-old.
"They should have an active campaign to regenerate the town centre.
"Parking should be free to encourage people to come into the town.
"If you have more charity shops than normal shops, that is a problem."
Quality assurance manager Keith Hallahan also would have preferred to see the money used on improving what is on offer in Maidenhead.
"We haven't got a centre that people can come to," he said.
"The shops are not diverse enough. This (the repaving of the high street) has been going on for years.
"We don't have an attraction."
"The money needs to be spent on some of the roads," said Christine Phillips from Cookham. "They are terrible.
"They don't seem to do it properly."
She added that services such as the collection of old furniture for disposal need improving, as some people are unable to get heavy items out on to the street as required.
Improving care for the elderly is one place David Emerson would have liked to have seen the money go.
The Windsor resident was also unhappy that the borough's leisure centres have recently fallen into the hands of private firm Parkwood Leisure.
He said that he often uses the swimming pool in Windsor with his grandchildren and the price hike makes a big difference over the course of a year.
Barrister Kristiina Reed was happy that council tax is decreasing and the council services remained at a 'high standard'.
"I don't know how they do it," said the 40-year-old, who recently moved to Windsor from London.
"It amazes me."
Eton resident Catherine Hutt would like to see a freeze in council tax and have more money spent on improving the policing in the borough.
She would also like Windsor to be better maintained and increase the focus on keeping the streets clean.
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