“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.”
Lib Dem campaigners Amjad Abbasi and Asim Naveed (photographed in Elliman Ave where Amjad used to run a business) have enjoyed meeting many local residents across Elliman Ward.
Amjad & Asim are the 2 Lib Dem candidates for the 2 seats up for election in Elliman Ward on Thurs May 4th.
They will still be around after the elections on May 4th so if you take a note of their phone numbers below, you'll still be able to contact them about local issues that need attention.
Amjad and Asim have been working hard for local residents:
On 29 March, Amjad & Asim reported pedestrian lights in Stoke Poges Lane were not working and got them fixed the next day.
On 31 March Amjad & Asim reported a pedestrian crossing on Elliman Ave near Stoke Road had been knocked over and needed urgent repaired. The Council promised it would be repaired by 6 April, but the Council failed to keep to the promised deadline.
Amjad Abbasi & Asim Naveed have also reported examples of litter and fly-tipping for action by the Council across Elliman Ward from Lansdowne Road and Littledown Road in the south of the ward, to Lismore Park in the north of Elliman Ward.
For any issues that need Council attention, please contact: Amjad Abbasi: 07970 710188; Asim Naveed 07462 189999