1. Submitted 2019/2020

Presented by: Sarah Bowden - E-petition and hard copy signatures submitted Thursday 10 October 2019.

Lead Officer: Russell O'Keefe - Executive Director

Petition: We the undersigned petition the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to declare an Environment and Climate Emergency, ensure all current and future policies are consistent with averting further climate change and ecological collapse, and put in place a plan to reduce carbon emissions in the Borough to net zero by 2030.

Update: At full Council July 2019: RESOLVED: That this Council:

  1. Declares an environmental and climate emergency; while noting the council's achievements in reducing its environmental impacts including reducing its energy consumption by 21% and the ambitious ongoing targets to further reduce energy consumption by 10% within four years, adopted in the Energy and Water Strategy 2019-2023;
  2. Welcomes the Government's commitment to net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and calls on them to provide additional powers and resources to ensure the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead can help deliver on national targets; and
  3. Will establish a Cross-Party Working Group to undertake an in-depth review of the council's current carbon footprint and to formulate, consult and agree on a Net Zero Carbon Royal Borough Borough of Windsor and Maidenhed by 2050 Strategy in consultation with local stakeholders and partners with a draft strategy to be brought before Full Council within 12 months.

During that debate, Members also considered amending the date from 2050 to 2030, but this amendment was not successful.

The Cross-Party Working Group is now up and running and considering how the council's strategy can ensure policies are developed in light of the climate emergency that has been declared.


Presented by: Councillor Tisi at Full Council on Tuesday 24 September 2019

Lead Officer: Kevin McDaniel - Director of Children's Services

Petition: The three Maintained Nursery Schools in RBWM provide Ofsted "Outstanding" Early Years Education to children in Windsor, Maidenhead and Cookham. They have a positive impact on social mobility, support children with Special Educational Needs and disabilities as well as acting as offering training and support to other Early Years settings. Maintained Nursery Schools face huge funding issues and uncertainty. They have higher costs than other nurseries or childminders as they must employ qualified teachers and unlike charities or primary and secondary schools, they have to pay full business rates. For the Lawns, this is the annual equivalent of a full time teacher. We, the undersigned, petition the council to introduce permanent Business Rate relief funding for the three Maintained Nursery Schools in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

Outcome: A motion was debated and agreed at Full Council on Tuesday 24 September 2019:

RESOLVED UNANIMOUSLY: That this Council:

  1. Recognises the higher costs faced by maintained nursery schools compared to other early years providers due to:
    1. Higher staff qualification levels than private nurseries and childminder settings - Maintained nursery schools are required to employ qualified early years teachers and NNEB trained assistants.
    2. Statutory requirements to employ a qualified Headteacher and Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator (SENDco).
    3. Being subject to business rates (unlike charity registered preschools) and higher utilities than home-based childminders;
    4. and that securing guaranteed funding beyond 2020 is necessary to avoid their closure.
  2. Supports the 'Save Our Nursery Schools' campaign and will write to the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, urging him to guarantee funding beyond 2020 for state funded nursery schools and recognise that as they have at least the same statutory roles and staffing qualification requirements as maintained Primary and Secondary schools they are equal to other schools and should be enabled to benefit from the Designated Schools Grant for rate relief.
  3. Request officers to undertake an urgent review into the options available at a local level to support funding for maintained nursery schools.

 


Presented by: John Boucher - E-petition submitted Sunday 11 August 2019

Lead Officer: Ben Smith - Head of Commissioning, Communities

Petition: We the undersigned petition the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to reduce the speed limit of the road including Widbrook Common and Cookham SL6 9RD to 40mph from 60mph.


Presented by: Daniel Wilson - E-petition submitted Monday 5 August 2019

Lead Officer: Maggie Nelson - Housing Services Manager

Petition: We the undersigned petition The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to apply pressure on One Housing Group and investigate maintenance fees at Kidwells Close.


Presented by: Councillor Hill at Full Council on Tuesday 25 June 2019

Lead Officer: Ben Smith - Head of Commissioning, Communities

Petition: We the undersigned petition The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to build safe pedestrian crossings at the Stafferton Link / Forelease Road Junction and Oldfield / Bray Road Junctions.

Outcome: Referred to Cabinet, date to be confirmed. 


Presented by: Councillor Hill on behalf of the Lead Petitioner, Derek Philip-Xu at Full Council on Tuesday 25 June 2019

Lead Officer: Ben Smith - Head of Commissioning, Communities

Petition: We the undersigned petition The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to upgrade the zebra crossing on Stafferton Way due to very real safety concerns.

Outcome: Referred to Cabinet, date to be confirmed.


Presented by: David Knowles-Leak. E-Petition submitted on Monday 27 May 2019

Lead Officer: Elaine Browne - Head of Law and Governance

Petition: We the undersigned, petition the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to rescind their decision to ban supplementary public questions at council meetings.

Outcome: A report was considered at Full Council on Tuesday 25 June 2019 and:

Resolved unanimously: That Full Council notes the report and:

  1. Agrees to reinstate the opportunity for members of the public to ask supplementary questions under the item 'Public Questions'.
  2. Agrees to reinstate the opportunity for Members of the Council to ask supplementary questions under the item 'Member Questions'.
  3. Delegates authority to the Monitoring Officer to amend the constitution as necessary.