Manifesto 2021

Slough Labour Party Manifesto for the Local Elections 2021: Support in tough times, building for better times.


HOUSING

  • We will invest £3 million in preparing planning applications to deliver a pipeline of 575 new social/affordable homes around the borough.
  • We will invest £9 million in repairs, modernisation, structural and environmental improvements to Council tenants’ homes.
  • We will ensure that energy-efficiency and building health and safety regulations are at the heart of improvements in our Council housing stock.
  • We will start the major redevelopment of the former Tower and Ashbourne tower blocks site in Chalvey to create 190 new homes for social and affordable rent.
  • We will convert the Council’s former office headquarters at St Martin’s Place into 64 new social and affordable homes.
  • We will work with housing associations and other partners to reduce anti-social behaviour in the communal areas of flatted blocks.
  • We will assist more of the Slough’s elderly residents to continue to live independently; helping them to maintain control of their lives.

YOUNG PEOPLE AND SKILLS

  • We will develop a new dedicated youth hub in Slough town centre to improve the youth offer for our young people. We will add disabled-friendly equipment to local children’s play areas.
  • We will open a new skills, jobs and innovation space to support the town’s economic recovery and help residents access employment opportunities.
  • We will launch new academies in construction and in health and social care, to provide residents with training, qualifications and career pathways in these growing employment sectors.
  • We will maintain out £350,000 local welfare fund- which has helped 3,000 residents with welfare support and 30,000 residents with their Council tax bill in 2020/21. We will bring forward a strategy to tackle food poverty locally.
  • we will establish a new wholly-owned Council company to deliver improved and financially sustainable children’s services.
  • We will secure extra resources, working with the new town centre Business Improvement District, to make immediate improvements to High Street public space and the central shopping area.

HIGHWAYS AND TRANSPORT

  • We will deliver £2 million of major highway improvements and repairs across the town and invest £700,000 in improvements to the northern forecourt of Slough station.
  • We will complete the Langley High Street widening and improvement works, to add more capacity to the local road transport network.
  • We will approve and deliver a Strategic Transport Infrastructure Plan, supporting sustainable transport for residents, workers and visitors.
  • We will deliver the eastern section of the Mass Rapid Transport link from the town centre to Heathrow, and assemble the land for a new “Park and Ride” scheme at M4 junction 5.
  • We will work with bus operators in a new bus partnership; to restore bus services lost or reduced by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • We will build a new separate cycle route for western Slough, running from the Huntercombe Borough boundary to central Slough.
  • We will work to better manage parking problems in residential areas, engaging with residents to find appropriate parking solutions for their streets.

REGENERATION

  • We will submit plans for the complete regeneration of the former Thames Valley University site, to include 300,000 sq. ft. of employment space, 1,350 new homes, leisure and learning space.
  • We will support British Land to prepare their planning submission for the complete redevelopment of the Queensmere shopping centre, with new homes, offices, restaurants, retail space and jobs; to improve Slough town centre.
  • We will transform the former Montem Leisure Centre site into a new community; with over 200 new homes and new, high-quality, open space.
  • We will begin the regeneration of the canal basin through the development of “Stoke Wharf”- delivering more than 300 new homes, commercial space, a food and beverage offer, as well as canal-side and outdoor space improvements.
  • We will develop detailed plans for the former Akzo-Nobel/ICI Paints site in central Slough, to provide more than 850 new homes; of which a minimum of 400 will be social and affordable properties.
  • We will continue to work with Berkeley Homes to support their transformation of the former Horlicks factory into a new residential quarter, including up to 1,350 new homes, with 350 social/affordable.

COMMUNITY FACILITIES AND LOCALITIES

  • We will begin construction of a new Community Hub for Langley on Trelawney Avenue- complete with Council services, meeting rooms, bookable space and an upgraded library.
  • We will open a new health-led community hub in Colnbrook and work with local residents to return community health services to the village.
  • We will submit planning applications for new Community Hubs in Cippenham and North Slough.
  • we will adapt the Britwell Centre to include a GP surgery and community health services on-site and in Chalvey we will work with health partners to begin construction of extra-care housing and a new GP surgery.
  • We will invest £1 million in neighbourhood enhancements this year through our Community Investment Fund, with projects in the hands of local ward Councillors.
  • We will work to reduce fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, including the installation of new CCTV cameras in hot-spot areas. We will use CCTV intelligence to step up enforcement action.

ENVIRONMENT, PARKS AND OPEN SPACES

  • We will plant 12,000 new trees across Slough as part of our ‘urban forest’ project- including planting 500 through the Council’s Community Investment Fund. We will help residents gain environmental skills through a community training programme.
  • We will invest £500,000 in sustainable environment measures- including a Clean Air Plan for Slough.
  • We will work with residents to collect 7,500 tonnes of material through red-bin recycling and other initiatives. We’ll also work to collect 3,500 tonnes of garden waste.
  • We will ensure that Slough is a Council which continues to send zero waste to landfill.
  • We will work with partners to deliver 5 km of improvements to the Slough Canal towpath; enhancing the route for walking and cycling.
  • We will deliver and manage improved open space around Chalvey Brook as part of the complete redevelopment of the Montem site.
  • Through our development partnership, we will invest £500,000 in improvements to Bowyer Recreation Ground, as part of the regeneration of the Canal Basin at Stoke Wharf.