12:43PM, Wednesday 09 May 2012
Ambitious plans to revive Maidenhead's waterways are finally to go before councillors.
A special meeting of the Royal Borough’s development control panel will be held on Wednesday, June 13, to discuss them.
Maidenhead Waterways Restoration Group (MWRG) submitted proposals to make York Stream navigable for small boats nine months ago.
A decision should have been made on the application within 16 weeks.
Council leader Cllr David Burbage thanked the group for its patience and said it will be given £1,000 'compensation' for the delay.
Chairman of MWRG's trustees Richard Davenport was delighted by the news and said the payment was 'welcome'
He added: "It's been a very slow process, not helped by a change of personnel within the planning department which meant we had to go back over some ground.
"We're keen for it to move forward and hope the officers will recommend it for approval."
If they are approved the £5million plans could be completed by 2015.
The group hopes funding will come from private donations, public grants, lottery funding and section 106 developer contributions.
Paramedics were called to the scene of a medical emergency in Maidenhead on Monday morning (June 27).
A teenager who died after getting into difficulty in the Jubilee River has been described as a ‘gentle giant’ in a tribute from his school.