Plan backed to market old nursery site in Lincoln Road for community use

Plan backed to market old nursery site in Lincoln Road for community use

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Katherine Denham

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Plan backed to market old nursery site in Lincoln Road for community use

The site of a former nursery in Lincoln Road is to be marketed to developers for community use.

Last night cabinet members discussed how the land in Pinkneys Green was to be used following a refusal to grant permission to build a Hindu temple on the site on September 25 last year.

Councillors said they thought it important that the site, which was a private children’s nursery and has been closed since 2009, is leased to a developer for the benefit of the community.

Congregating at the Windsor Guildhall, the cabinet also agreed to support a national campaign to reform the licensing laws to allow businesses more flexibility and improve the night-time economy.

Cllr David Hilton (Con, Ascot and Cheapside) said: “Currently the licensing laws block the interests of club owners, club goers and local residents.

“We want new clear criteria to be transparent and uncomplicated.”

Part of the new licensing objective also pledges to protect public health by reducing crime and noise disturbances.

Also discussed by the panel:

  • A ‘vanguard’ initiative for 11 libraries around the borough to open on Sundays has been extended beyond the six month pilot to March 2015. Cllr Simon Dudley (Con, Riverside) said: “The success of this scheme is fantastic news and it wouldn’t be possible without the volunteers.”
  • Councillors agreed to extend a £1.6m contract with Caterlink to July 2016 to provide children in the borough with free school meals.
  • The council’s savings were also discussed. Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray) said: “This will be the third year of savings that we have been responsible for and we are not cutting a single service.
    “This is about improving the services and making them run more efficiently.”

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