“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.”
"If you would like to join or help my campaign to replace Slough's Labour councillors who have 'bankrupt' the Council, please contact me" says local Lib Dem Matthew Taylor, email: email@example.com
Matthew (photographed leading a Cippenham litter pick with Robert Plimmer) made good progress towards defeating Labour in Cippenham Meadows Ward in May 2022. He came a clear second last time, and only Matthew and the Lib Dems can beat Labour in this part of Cippenham in May 2023.
Because of the financial crisis the Labour councillors created, they now say they have to break their promises and make massive cuts in our vital local services this year, and for years to come. Labour councillors have said they are ending the weekly bin collections from June this year. They are also selling off up to £600 million of our Council assets to pay for the debts they created.
According to Matthew, nearly everyone is saying, "It's time for a change in Slough."
Matthew says, "If you elect Lib Dem councillors in May we will aim to bring in new approaches and policies. We will try to ensure all councillors elected in May 2023 work together to form a joint administration to tackle the extreme crisis created by Slough's Labour councillors. We will also promote new ideas, including tackling crime and anti-social behaviour by working together. We must all oppose the 40% cuts in police funding for tackling crime and anti-social behaviour in Slough made by the Tory boss of Thames Valley Police (ie, the Police and Crime Commissioner) almost immediately after he was elected in 2021."
Finally, Matthew says, "Here you can read my local Focus newsletter to local residents": Happy New Year. It's time for a change in Cippenham