“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.”
"People who usually vote Labour, but feel let down and taken for granted by Labour locally, are backing Liberal Democrat candidates instead.
People who have voted Conservative all their lives are saying "never again", and backing Liberal Democrat candidates instead."
These were key messages from Sir Ed Davey MP, Lib Dem Leader, and the Lib Dems at the launch of the local elections campaign. Other key messages:
This Conservative Government is letting people down badly and taking them for granted. Soaring energy bills, food prices and housing costs are overwhelming millions of families and pensioners. And the Conservatives have made the cost-of-living crisis so much worse - with all their chaos. Crashing the economy and adding hundreds of pounds to people's monthly mortgage payments. Compounding people's pain with unfair tax rises and deep cuts to essential public services, just to pay for the damage the Conservatives themselves caused.
Letting the NHS crisis spiral out of control. Failing to deliver the new hospitals they promised. Breaking their pledge to recruit six-thousand more doctors, and actually cutting GP numbers instead. Making people wait hours for an ambulance or months for urgent cancer treatment.
Allowing water companies to pump filthy sewage straight into our rivers, damaging our precious local environment.
And breaking their promise on policing. The Conservatives have left too many communities plagued by burglaries and anti-social behaviour, and they are letting far too many criminals get away with it.
All that must change. This Conservative Government is out of touch, out of ideas and out of excuses.
So let's send them a message in May: The British people want them out of government.
Everywhere I go, I see the remarkable decency and strength of the British people. Even in the toughest of times, people are working hard, raising families and playing by the rules.
More and more people are turning to the Liberal Democrats. They know we work hard for our communities, we hear your concerns, and we never take you for granted.
Ed launched the campaign in a part of the world where we've enjoyed a lot of success recently .
Sarah Green's historic by-election victory in Chesham and Amersham. Peter Taylor winning re-election as Mayor of Watford. Taking control of St Albans Council, and then winning fifty out of fifty-four seats last year.
But it's not just happening here.
From Stockport to Surrey, from Eastbourne to Esher, from Horsham to Hull, our campaigns are going from strength to strength.
It's why the Liberal Democrats gained more seats than any other party at last year's local elections.
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