“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's Labour councillors are treating those of us who live in the town so unfairly in so many ways, " said Matthew Taylor, Chair of Slough Lib Dems (photographed leading a community litter pick).
Labour councillors have mismanaged the Council for so long that their proposed 9.99% rise in Council Tax from April 2023 is just the latest in a series of shockingly bad news announcements for residents.
It really is time for a change in Slough.
Just look at some of the list of failures and broken promises from Slough's Labour councillors:
Labour councillors are ending Slough's weekly bin collections from June, 2023.
Labour councillors have introduced new, or increased, charges for many services, including green waste collection, taking items to the recycling centre etc.
Labour councillors are making cuts to most services, including social care, street cleaning, libraries, grass cutting etc.
Labour councillors are selling off up to £600 million of your Council assets.
All these measures are to pay for the way Slough Labour councillors have mismanaged the Council.
The elections in May are the chance to make a change in Slough. If you could help us bring change to Slough, please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org