Turning political commitments into bricks and mortar

Slough Labour promised to deliver 200 new council homes in the 2 year period following the 2014 local elections and we are proud to say that we have exceed that target by delivering 264 new council homes the Slough residents.

Cllr Swindlehurst at the Milestone site on Ledgers Road

Cllr Swindlehurst at the Milestone site on Ledgers Road

Labour has transformed Slough as a planning authority and a as a house building authority in its own right. This latest development, at our Milestone site on Ledgers Road, will see a further 70 plus units created, including 24 social homes and sits alongside the 264 new council homes we have built and the 1,000 homes of all tenures under construction at sites across Slough.

This Labour Council is committed to building more affordable homes for local people
— Cllr James Swindlehurst

There is huge potential across Slough to build the homes we need for local people who live and work here and through our regeneration partnership we hope to continue to provide the high quality, affordable homes our residents want which will only enhance what Slough already has to offer.

Construction is already well underway on Ledgers Road

Construction is already well underway on Ledgers Road


Cllr James Swindlehurst said "Both as a planning authority and increasingly now as a builder in our own right, the council is committed to providing more affordable homes for local people, despite the challenging lack of space to build in the borough.

"We have built 264 new homes in the past year alone, and 1,000 more are currently under construction - including the new homes at Milestone and at Castleview in Upton.

“We have also launched a 'call for sites' to work with residents to identify land where a change of use could supply new housing.

“The Milestone development at Ledgers Road is significant because it is the first residential development to be built by our regeneration partnership - Slough Urban Renewal.

"It is exciting to finally see our political commitment being turned into real bricks and mortar - and I look forward to seeing the finished homes.”

Delievering new flagship leisure faciltites

Slough's Labour Cabinet have approved ambitious plans to transform the leisure offer for Slough's residents. Labour will deliver a new leisure centre on Farnham Road, improve and upgrade our ice arena and deliver phase 2 of the towns Community Sports Facility at Arbour Park.

The upgraded Ice Arena

The upgraded Ice Arena

It’s no secret that as a town we need to increase the amount of sport and physical exercise we all do to become more active, more often.
— Cllr Martin Carter

These new facilities represent a fundamental transformation of how we view leisure in Slough, the cost of not helping our residents to enjoy more active lifestyles to Slough is around £24 million each year. We will work with our residents and user groups to ensure the facilities we provide our high quality and are what they want to use to enable them to make a step change in their own lives with their daily activity.

The Community Sports Stadium at Arbour Park

The Community Sports Stadium at Arbour Park

We are investing a total of £34 million in providing high quality affordable leisure facilities that are accessible to all in our town. In doing this we are looking to the future, we want people to remain healthy and fit for as long as possible and these brand new facilities give our residents every opportunity and incentive to do just that.

Councillor Martin Carter said "It's no secret that as a town we need to increase the amount of sport and physical exercise we all do to become more active, more often, and adopt exercise as a habit for life. Labour vowed to deliver a leisure strategy that tackled key health inequalities and give all our residents the opportunity to take part in a multitude of sport and exercise."

 

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Major refurbishment of Britwell Flats completed.

Slough Labour has held a long standing commitment to improve and rennovate our Council owned housing stock to ensure residents are housed in good quality, warm and enviromentally efficent homes. This sits alongside our policy of ensuring that our council stock is only available to those who meet our criteria of needing to have lived in Slough for a least 5 years before you can access council homes.

The refurbishments have vastly improved the look of the buildings, making them much nicer places to live.
— Cllr James Swindlehurst

The latest works have seen the Council complete major works to 4 blocks of council owned flats in Britwell. The flats at Eyre Green have had new insulation installed, improved damp proofing and have been fitted out with new extractor fans.

Cllr Anderson with officers and contractors outside one of the newly refurbished blocks

Cllr Anderson with officers and contractors outside one of the newly refurbished blocks

The exteriors of the buildings have also had a major facelift, with improvements to brickwork and rooves, plus new external coloured render, we have also ensured the external environment has been enhanced at the request of tennants. 

These refurbishments are part of a wider project to improve insulation at council properties in the Britwell and Langley areas. We will soon be launching a resident consultation in Langley to seek tenants views before starting similar work.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, deputy leader and commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, said: “These refurbishments sit alongside our 2014 manifesto committement to build 200 council homes, a target which we have exceeded having so far delivered 264 new council homes."

"The refurbishments have vastly improved the look of the buildings, making them much nicer places to live. But most importantly they’re far more energy efficient, which will save residents money on their energy bills and reduce the council’s carbon footprint. "

 

 

Delivering in Langley - a new community hub

Labour councillors have been progressing plans for a new community and health hub in Langley. The new facility will be located on the site of the old Merrymakers pub on Trelawney Avenue and part of the site will also see new apartments delivered, providing much needed new housing for the area.

Work will begin on the community hub at the Merrymakers site this year

Work will begin on the community hub at the Merrymakers site this year

 

The Hub will be a mixed used facility and is something we have fought hard to deliver despite funding reductions. It will ensure residents in the area also have access to a local health facility and we are delighted to have reached an agreement with Slough Clinical Commissioning Group that will see the Orchard Surgery relocate to the Hub.

We have got the outcome we fought for, a mixed use community facility
— Cllr James Swindlehurst

Following consultation in 2014, local residents supported the development of a health-led hub and we continue to work with residents to ensure that their needs are met - but we are delighted to be bringing this much needed facility to Langley and look forward to announced detailed plans this Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

Investing in our communities

Slough Labour has always had a proud record of investing in all of Slough's communities - this year we have made major progress on our flagship facilities like The Curve and Arbour Park, but this should not leave our other community work unnoticed.

In our 2012 and 2014 local election manifestos we promised to provide more Multi Use Games Arenas (MUGAs) for teens to play sports. We have now opened 8 of these facilities across Slough including our latest MUGA and Skate Park at Monksfield Recreation Ground.

Alongside this we have improved and invested in our parks ensuring Salt Hill,  Herschel Park and Pippins Park all have prestigious Green Flag status and we will continue to invest in our parks over the year ahead.

In the Spring we will bring forward detailed plans for a new community centre at Trelawney Avenue in Langley on the site of the old Merrymakers pub, which fulfils the promise we made to Slough at 2015 local elections.

Cllr Swindlehurst with volunteers and our parks team celebrating our Green Flag award for 2015/16

Cllr Swindlehurst with volunteers and our parks team celebrating our Green Flag award for 2015/16

This year also saw the start of construction of our new Community Sports Stadium at Stoke Road which includes new sports facilities and playing fields for local schools and will see the return of Slough Town to Slough.

Breaking ground for the new community pitches and sports stadium at Arbour Park

Breaking ground for the new community pitches and sports stadium at Arbour Park


Building the Homes we need

Slough Labour is committed to increasing housing of all tenures in Slough. Just over two years ago we built the first council homes Slough had seen in a generation and we have followed that up by building 264 new council homes in the last 2 years, well exceeding our manifesto pledge of 200.

New family houses and a new school being built at Castleview

New family houses and a new school being built at Castleview

Housing continues to be a major issue in Slough. Slough Labour has already delivered a local lettings policy ensuring Slough people get priority for social housing and have reduced the town's housing waiting list.

In the past year we have seen new homes built in Upton and in Britwell & Northborough and we have just started the construction of new family homes at Ledgers Road in Chalvey.

New homes at Wentworth Avenue

New homes at Wentworth Avenue

Councillor James Swindlehurst said: "Slough is an area of high housing need and we have been working to supply more housing across all tenures to tackle this. To build over 260 new council homes is a great example of the difference a Labour council can make to the lives of people living in Slough."

 

 

 

Delivering 150 new trees

In our 2015 manifesto Slough Labour promised to plant 150 new trees across the town. As planting season commenced in December, Councillors Parmar and Pantelic planted the first ten of these trees in Cippenham. The start of this environmental project see a mixture of young oak, pear and cherry trees planted on Cippenham Green

We pledged to plant 150 new trees this year as part of our ongoing commitment to making Slough cleaner and greener
— Cllr Parmar

160 other trees – a mixture of horse chestnut, alder, oak, cherry and lime - will now be planted at various other locations around the borough, including Salt Hill Park. Most are places where residents have specifically asked for new trees

Cllr Parmar and Pantelic had the honour of planting the first of our 150 new trees

Cllr Parmar and Pantelic had the honour of planting the first of our 150 new trees


Councillor Satpal Parmar said: “We pledged to plant 150 new trees this year as part of our ongoing commitment to making Slough cleaner and greener.

“We’re doing what we promised and I look forward to seeing the trees in full flourish by the summer.

“They’re going to make such a big difference to people, making our neighbourhoods nicer places to live for current residents as well as future generations.”



Transforming the centre of Slough

The Labour leadership of Slough Council has started work on a major project to transform the centre of Slough into a vibrant place where people can live, learn, enjoy great nights out in fantastic restaurants and shop till they drop in high quality retailers.

Having already delivered a new award winning bus station, and with The Curve just around the corner (no pun intended), the Council's planning committee approved what has the potential to be a game changing moment for the town with a major upgrade to the town's shopping centre.

Central Slough is changing quite fast at the moment. The way we’re handling the housing need is for a higher density of development in the centre to protect the suburbs.
— Cllr James Swindlehurst

The Queensmere centre will be transformed, providing 600+ new apartments and delivering the high quality retail space the town needs, but most importantly matching this with the footfall to support it.

Labour councillors ensured the height of the towers nearest Mackenzie Square have now been reduced so that they are less visible from the high street. The façade of the shopping centre entrance has also been improved with a large electronic display screen to publicise local events.

This game changing development will result in economic, environmental and social improvements to Slough town centre and the wider area.

The design we have fought for also opens three new routes into the High Street and allows people to walk directly from the train station into the High Street, which should make it easier for shoppers
— Cllr Sohail Munawar

We have been working hard behind the scenes with the developer to ensure their application delivers the improvements to the Town Centre we want in terms of driving more footfall to the high street and delivering a better shopping offer in Slough.

Cllr Sohail Munawar said:

"This development will increase the footprint of the Queensmere allowing us to attract bigger anchor stores and department stores, whole also bringing shop fronts and a retail offer to the A4 facing side of the centre. The design we have fought for also opens three new routes into the High Street and allows people to walk directly from the train station into the High Street, which should make it easier for shoppers."

 

The Curve - Opening Spring 2016

The town's new flagship Arts and Cultural centre, The Curve will now open in early April 2016, a slight delay, but one that ensures these facilities are delivered to the highest possible standard and bring real value to the people of Slough.

Once open it will be a game changer to the town centre, and will contribute to our plans to breath new life into the Heart of Slough and provide residents and visitors alike with a vibrant centre with great places to live, work, rest and play (to borrow a phrase from a local employer).

The Curve is unique and innovative with a dynamic design and it is very important to us it is delivered to residents with the quality we expect.

The Curve will become the central meeting point through its Cafe which will have a defined space along with an associated garden terrace which can be accessed directly from the counter. Café users will also be able to use any part of the building which, over three floors, includes more than 220 seats.

I am incredibly excited by the new opportunities this building will afford to all residents - it will be home to a new performance space, holding up to 280 people, provide access to adult learning and house exhibition space for Slough museum
— Cllr Martin Carter

It will house the town's main library, with brand new state of the art facilities which will eplace the old library across Windsor Road from The Curve, will be a new children's library with new and well-loved activities for kids and families, study areas, wi-fi, computer and internet access as well as thousands of books, audio books, CDs and DVDs.

Cllr Martin Carter said "I am incredibly excited by the new opportunities this building will afford to all residents in terms of leisure, culture and the arts.”

Bringing Slough Town back home - Arbour Park

Slough Labour has delivered on a long held promise to bring Slough Town back to Slough, it what will be a boost for the football and the town as a whole.

Artist impression the new ground

Artist impression the new ground

Slough Town will play their home fixtures from next season at Arbour Park our new £8.5 million Community Sports Facility.  It will hold almost 2,000 fans and be built over 2 phases with phase one already well under way, which will deliver a 3G pitch, covered stand for 250 spectators and a car park, which will be ready in the Autumn of 2016.

I think it’s fantastic. We’re looking at the start of facilities for the next generation
— Cllr Martin Carter

By offering this multi-purpose facility we will be able to provide new and innovative leisure pursuits, whilst also delivering on our promise of bringing Slough Town home. The facility will sit in an area of Slough with high inactivity levels and low levels of participation in sport and physical activity.

The project will also see us deliver much needed playing fields and sports facilities at St Josephs School.

Cllr Martin Carter said:

I think it’s fantastic. We’re looking at the start of facilities for the next generation. It’s exciting, the kids are excited, the school’s excited, the local authority are excited and the football club excited. As we see this progress it’s going to be extraordinary"