“I’m delighted that a long-running Lib Dem campaign has brought success for residents on repairs to utility boxes or cabinets”, says Councillor Frank O’Kelly, Lib Dem Cllr for Cippenham Village.
“For many years Robert Plimmer and Matthew Taylor, my colleagues in the Cippenham Lib Dem Focus Team, had been asking for action to repair or replace damaged utility boxes in the streets of Cippenham. These exposed boxes had front covers missing, and were therefore unsightly as well as potentially dangerous to children and animals who might get access to possibly live wires.”
“Many of these boxes, or cabinets, belonged to Virgin Media, and Robert Plimmer asked Slough Borough Council to write to them demanding action. Over the years there was some success in getting repairs or replacements, but often it took far too long.”
“In recent months our Cippenham Lib Dem team has noticed the repairs seem to have been carried out more rapidly. For example, in Spring 2023 Robert Plimmer reported a box in Twinches Lane near the junction with Oakfield Drive needed action, as in the attached photo. Then, in the summer, I noticed it had been repaired - but in this case another box had also been added by the company”
“Now, in September 2023, working with the new senior team at Slough Borough Council, the issue with the electrical cabinets is, at last, being comprehensively addressed. The Cabinet owners have been issued with a notice, called a Section 81 notice, demanding they sort out their damaged cabinets.”
"Our Lib Dem team, on behalf of the residents and working with our colleagues, will ensure the work is being done,“ promised Cllr O’Kelly who made a pledge to residents: “If you have any of these damaged electrical cabinets in your area, email a picture and location to me at email@example.com and I will forward it to the council team to get action.”