“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.”
"Slough Lib Dems are delighted to win three seats and be back on Slough Council. I congratulate my hard-working colleagues, Amjad Abbasi and Asim Naveed in Elliman, and Frank O'Kelly in Cippenham Village" said Matthew Taylor, chair of Slough Lib Dems.
Amjad and Asim are photographed in Elliman Avenue, and Frank at Cippenham pond.
Matthew continued: "The landscape is very different since there was last a Lib Dem councillor in Slough. The financial and other crises we face are so great that all parties should now work together to tackle them in the interests of the town."
"The Lib Dem manifesto proposed that after the election on May 4th proper financial management should be restored to Slough Council by a joint administration of all the parties (and independents should there have been any). The Lib Dems said the joint administration needs to use the best ideas from whichever group proposed them."
Mr Taylor explained: "Whoever runs Slough, there will continue to be a need for savings and sales of assets until the finances are sorted out. Surely all parties must work together in the interests of the town to do what is necessary to restore control of Slough's finances?"
"Nevertheless, there are some areas where all parties showed during the election campaign that they are opposed to cuts and sales of assets, and highlighting these points of agreement would be a good way for the joint administration to start. On Thursday we shall be announcing a more detailed plan to achieve a joint administration."
Councillor Amjad Abbasi, one of the two new Lib Dem councillors for Elliman Ward said: "I was very pleased to be elected on Thursday along with my Lib Dem colleague, Asim Naveed. We agree that all parties on Slough Council must work together in the interests of Slough to restore control of the Council's finances."
"One of the examples where all parties can agree to oppose asset sales, however, comes from my own ward. Lib Dems propose that all parties agree Slough crematorium and the cemetery will not be sold. They should be taken off the Council's list of assets that could be sold."