“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.”
"Residents are facing a shocking 10% rise in Slough's Council Tax from April 2023 because Labour councillors seriously messed up the Town's finances", according to Amjad Abbasi, Lib Dem campaigner pictured near his home in Elliman.
"But there's more bad news", said Amjad. "Labour councillors have also broken their promises on housing and made deep cuts in 'vital' services such as the weekly bin collection that they had previously claimed were 'loved' by residents."
Look at what Labour councillors promised in 2021:
"These projects include the Council's purchase of the former ICI Paints/Akzo Nobel site east of Wexham Road, to provide in excess of 400 social and affordable homes for Slough families on the council's housing waiting list. This will be the largest single contribution to affordable housing numbers in Slough for decades" (Labour Councillor James Swindlehurst, Leader of Slough Council, March 2021 - letter to residents).
Look what Labour councillors did in 2022:
Sold off the former ICI site in late 2022 to become a data centre with no housing, and probably only a few jobs but a large carbon footprint.
Look at what Labour councillors said in 2021:
"We have a weekly bin and recycling collection that is valued and loved by our residents, a green waste collection that continues to be free, we have excellent libraries, ten children centres" (Labour Councillor James Swindlehurst, Leader of Slough Council, March 2021 - budget-setting debate reported in What's On In Windsor & Slough).
Look what Labour councillors did in 2022:
Decided to end weekly bin collections from June 2023; introduced charges for green waste collection; made cuts in the library services; & voted to offer residents consultation consisting of a choice between cutting 7, or 8 or 9 of the 10 Childrens' centres.
Finally Amjad said, "There's more to follow later on Labour councillors' deep cuts to many other council services such as street cleansing, and their sale of hundreds of millions of pounds of our town's assets to pay for their mistakes.............................