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Royal Borough leader quizzed about satellite grammar schools, adult social care and Leicester City in Twitter Q&A

Royal Borough leader quizzed about satellite grammar schools, adult social care and Leicester City in Twitter Q&A

Simon Meechan

Questions on the satellite grammar school, adult social care, self-build houses, travellers and Leicester City's chances of winning the Premier League were all put to council leader David Burbage on Twitter.

Cllr David Burbage (Con, Bray) took questions on social media between 6pm and 7pm yesterday using the #askRBWM hashtag.

Brian Millin asked how the borough how it will fund the estimated £20m it needs to build a satellite grammar school in Maidenhead.

Using the council's @RBWM Twitter account, Cllr Burbage replied: "No funding arrangements have yet been considered. We are at early stages, working with potential partners."

Adrian Hayter asked the Tory leader what the impact of Conservative Party's Autumn Spending Review would have on adult social care in the Royal Borough, and if public money can go further for residents.

Cllr Burbage said he hoped social care will be seen as a pressure point in chancellor George Osborne's statement, and said he is always looking to make public money go further.

Twitter user @cp_mhead asked if the borough would back self-build homes.

Cllr Burbage said the council is 'generally' supportive of self builds and said it is developing its policy ahead of the next borough local plan.

Trevor Lambert accused the council of being 'impotent' in its failure to remove travellers settled illegally in Shurlock Road, Waltham St Lawrence. The council has been involved in a judicial battle with the travellers since 2009.

Cllr Burbage replied, saying the borough is 'frustrated' with the speed of planning and judicial systems, and it is doing 'everything we can' to lobby the government.

Cllr Jack Rankin (Con, Castle Without) asked if Leicester City Football Club, who sit at the top of the Premier League table, can hold on and clinch the title in May.

Cllr Burbage, who has tweeted his support for The Foxes before, answered: "Yes of course!"

At the end of the hour, Cllr Burbage tweeted that he'd picked up some 'useful' questions and policy thoughts.

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