03:00PM, Thursday 18 September 2014
The way town centre matters are dealt with in Windsor could be streamlined by merging to groups, according to the Royal Borough.
The council's corporate services overview and scrutiny panel met on Tuesday to discuss the proposals, which would see the merging of the Windsor District Chamber of Commerce and The Windsor, Eton, and Ascot Town Partnership.
Other local groups, such as the Retail Forum, Windsor Pubwatch, Neighbourhood Planning, and Eton Traders, would come under the remit of the Chamber rather than the council directly.
Speaking at the meeting, Chris Hilton, the council's regeneration and economic development manager, said: "There has been a lot of duplication in council meetings with smaller groups tackling the same issues so they would have to go through the Chamber as the principal body rather than us.
"The membership of the chamber is also falling and suffers from competition with other council forums so this system would encourage more businesses to join."
The Chamber and the Town Partnership will progress with the merging process and will report back to Cabinet in March.
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