New deputy leader announced at Royal Borough cabinet meeting

James Hockaday

James Hockaday

New deputy leader announced at Royal Borough cabinet meeting

Phillip Bicknell

Public transparency was identified as a priority for the Royal Borough's new cabinet as its first meeting was broadcast live online last night.

A Periscope stream of the meeting attracted 106 viewers as Cllr Phillip Bicknell (Con, Park) was announced at the new deputy leader of the council and Cllr David Coppinger (Con, Bray) was named deputy chairman of the cabinet.

Another technological first highlighted at the meeting was a service launched last weekend on the council website which allows users to sign up and access services instead of calling the council.

Also on the agenda was the outcome of a review of the borough’s drug and alcohol services.

The review, launched in October 2015 suggested the borough was achieving good value for money and was achieving good results, but suggests there is a hidden problem of middle aged, private alcoholics.

A £44,000 council subsidy for Maidenhead’s bus service was agreed on to ensure that Courtney Buses is able to continue its Riverside, evening, and Sunday services while a 12-month review is carried out.

The cabinet examined the results of a resident satisfaction survey launched last year.

Overall 61 per cent of respondents were satisfied with the council’s operations.

Refuse collection was the most popular council service, fetching a 93 per cent satisfaction rating and borough residents were least satisfied about road maintenance, which was rated at 40 per cent.

Also discussed was the borough’s budget balancing success, having managed to underspend by around £1.8m, the continuing of shared legal services with Wokingham Borough Council, the continued cross-county efforts to tackle flooding from the Thames, and the continued improvement of the council’s Ofsted improvement plan.

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