Plans for a new town council in Windsor, Berkshire have been rejected by Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead (RBWM).
Following a RBWM review and despite recommendations from officers, the Conservative-controlled council voted against the formation of Windsor Town Council (WTC), citing a poor response to the second consultation (3.23%) which it felt was ‘not a good enough mandate’ to establish WTC and increase costs to residents through a precept. The council also felt that another tier of governance was ‘unnecessary’.
Windsor is an unparished area which has approximately 21,000 electors and campaigners have been fighting since 2019 for representation via a town council. A paper and online petition attracted 2004 signatures and campaigners believe that this number would have been much higher were it not for the pandemic.
Campaigners have vowed to fight on, and remain hopeful that WTC will be formed in the next few years.