“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.”
"Council services are being cut, while the amount we pay for them is going up by 10%. None of the residents I spoke to felt that this sounded like a fair deal", said Matthew Taylor, Chair of Slough Lib Dems, shown in the photo leading a community litter pick in Cippenham.
Matthew Taylor was responding to Slough Council's Budget meeting for 2023/24 that was held on Thursday 9 March 2023 and confirmed the earlier Cabinet decisions.
Mathew continued, "It is shameful that Labour councillors at the Budget meeting just accepted the Council Tax rise and the big cuts in many vital services proposed by the Labour leadership of Slough Council. It is especially annoying that the tax rise and service cuts, such as ending weekly bin collections from June onwards, are only necessary to clean up the mess largely created by the mismanagement by Labour councillors in the first place."
Matthew asked, "Why did the Tory Government allow this shocking 10 % increase in Council Tax in the middle of the cost of living crisis that is already worse in the UK than elsewhere because of Tory policies? Is it because the Tories know they are also partly to blame for Slough's problems because of years of Tory Government cuts to the funding for local councils?"
Matthew continued: "Once again, hard working Slough council tax payers are having to pick up the bill for the financial incompetence of Slough's current Labour councillors who seem convinced that despite creating this mess, they should also be the ones to get the council out of it."
Matthew Taylor explained: "There are better ways forward for Slough Council than continued Labour failure. For example, the failing Labour leadership of Slough Council are probably missing out on millions of pounds. This is the money that many other councils collect from developers through the Community Infrastructure Levy to pay for local facilities in areas around their new buildings. The soon to be published Lib Dem manifesto for the Slough Council elections in May will explain how Slough could introduce this."
Matthew concluded: "It's time for a change in Slough. This can be done by voting out Labour councillors in May, and electing some Lib Dems. Please email me on email@example.com if you would like to be considered as a andidate for the Lib Dems in the forthcoming local elections."