“Millions of extra pounds could be coming to Slough from developers. This could be the result of Slough Council voting to accept the motion I proposed at the Council meeting on 25 January 2024”, said Lib Dem Councillor Asim Naveed (Elliman Ward) - see right.
Cllr Asim Naveed continued: “As I explained at the meeting, Slough should investigate the possibility of introducing the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Many other councils have used this levy for years to bring in extra funding. This is a way of ensuring developers make a larger contribution to new schools, health and care facilities and other infrastructure in the communities where they operate. The Community Infrastructure Levy usually runs alongside the older scheme called Section 106 payments.”
Cllr Naveed added; “I was pleased that the Leader of the Council, Conservative Councillor Dexter Smith (Colnbrook Ward) seconded my motion, and it was supported by the entire Conservative group on Slough Council.”
The chair of Slough Lib Dems, Councillor Frank O’Kelly (Cippenham Village Ward), said: “In my speech supporting Cllr Naveed’s motion I drew on expert analysis by Matthew Taylor, my predecessor as chair of Slough Lib Dems. Matthew, an architect, has shown that some councils in Berkshire have raised up to 16 times more than Slough for their communities, per head of population, by using the Community Infrastructure Levy, in conjunction with the Section 106 scheme.”
Cllr O’Kelly continued: “Slough has had a lot of major developments recently, and so as newly elected councillors, the Lib Dems are surprised to learn Slough’s previous Council failed to bring in more money than it did. But, of course, the important thing is to look forward, especially with all the development that’s likely to be happening.”
Cllr O’Kelly added: “Now that our motion has been accepted by the Council, the officers can get on with the detailed work of investigating exactly how a Community Infrastructure Levy might work in Slough.
We shall continue to press for it to be introduced as rapidly as possible. We are confident that, as has happened in many other places, it will bring great benefits to the town by funding the infrastructure and facilities needed to support Slough residents, now and in the future.”
"Ten houses in Dorney are bizarrely in Slough's Cippenham Village Ward: not a lot of people know that," said Matthew Taylor, one of the two Lib Dem candidate for Cippenham Village Ward.
"In many ways it's an anomaly presumably reflecting old historic boundaries, but the Lib Dems have been determined to stay in touch with all voters in the ward. Therefore, I ran to Dorney to deliver the 10 Cippenham Village Focus leaflets and let the residents know the Lib Dem plans for changing Slough Council after the disastrous mismanagement by the Labour councillors.
We are finding residents in all parts of Cippenham Village Ward, just like the rest of Slough, are desperate to see an end to the failed Labour administration in Slough with their £760 million of debts."
"I was going for a run as part of my regular exercise on 23rd April, and so delivered the leaflets to the relevant houses in Dorney, and when one of the residents saw me, she was pleasantly surprised I'd made the effort to deliver there, especially in the rain."
"A part of Dorney is not the only bit of the Cippenham Village Ward that is south of the M4. There are also 17 houses in Wood Lane south of the motorway. Frank O'Kelly, my fellow Lib Dem candidate in Cippenham Village delivered there on 25th April.
He, too, received a positive reception, including from one resident who said they hadn't seen a Conservative campaigner there since 1966."