09:33AM, Friday 15 November 2019
Richard Endacott and group sign petition to launch a Windsor Town Council (Photo ref:131506-4)
A petition to create a Windsor Town Council requires fewer than 200 signatures to meet its target and move a step closer to making the project a reality.
The campaign is nearing the signature threshold which could set a governance review into motion and potentially lead to the creation of the new council.
Residents met at York House on Tuesday evening to discuss the formation of the council and voice the ideas they would like to propose to the governance review board should the Royal Borough decide to take the petition forward.
Richard Endacott, chief executive of the Windsor Town Council committee, said: “The Royal Borough will make the decision as to whether to introduce a new town council.
“However with the weight of public opinion as shown by the petition and engagement across the community it would be difficult for them to turn this request down.”
The petition has so far received 615 online and 869 paper signatures.
It requires 1,661 signatures from residents in the unparished area to meet the threshold for a review to move forward. The submission deadline is Friday, December 27.
A review would take about a year if the Royal Borough decides to trigger it. The council would then vote on whether to implement the recommendations suggested by the review.
If successful, a town council would be formed after the local elections in May 2023, and Mr Endacott said he will push for town councillor elections in early 2022.
During Tuesday’s meeting, the group decided on several core responsibilities which they would like the town council to cover.
These include allotments, cemeteries, bus shelters, street furniture, events organisation, fundraising for local organisations, planning advice, hire and use of Windsor Guildhall, publications, recreation areas, war memorials, open spaces and footpaths.
“Clearly there is an appetite for local representation as demonstrated by the amazing response to the petition,” said Mr Endacott.
“However we would like to engage the whole town in the project and therefore will launch a series of consultation events throughout the governance review process to ensure as broad a range of views and opinions are as represented as possible.”
Visit petitions.rbwm.gov.uk/TownCouncil/ to view the petition.
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