“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.”

Asim Naveed, Lib Dem councillor for Elliman ward

“Please support the Knife Angel anti-violence campaign”, says Amjad Abbasi

26 Jan 2023
Amjad visiting the Knife Angel

The dramatic 27 foot Knife Angel, also known as the National Monument against Violence and Aggression, is made of over 100,000 knives and blades taken from the streets of Britain. It is currently being hosted in Slough.

The monument is made up of blunted weapons which have been deposited in knife amnesty bins at police stations across the UK.

Amjad Abbasi (photographed visiting the Knife Angel along with another local resident) says: "I encourage as many people as possible to visit the monument which is currently positioned in the car park of Arbour Park Stadium, off Stoke Road in Slough."

Whilst the Monument is being hosted in Slough there has been an engagement programme which includes education sessions to over 2000 young people in Slough on a range of violent acts including Knife Crime, Domestic Abuse, Violence against Women and Bullying.

The Knife Angel reminds people of the devastating impact of violence and aggression and is intended to bring the community together with a commitment to tackle it. Visitors to the Angel can write a remembrance tag and attach it to the perimeter fence around the monument as part of a mini-temporary art installation.

The organisers of programme in Slough have encouraged all parties and groups to visit the Angel and spread the message that Slough is against violence and aggression in all of its forms.

The Angel is due to leave Slough on the 31st January before moving to Gloucester.