This year sees Slough celebrate 80 years since the town received its charter and became a Borough. In September 1938, we had a quarter of the population we have today. A national traffic census recorded an average of 11 vehicles per hour – 264 a day, whereas today Slough has an average daily flow of more than 7,500 vehicles.
Throughout our history the strength of our communities has remained a constant across various periods of tremendous change.
I became Leader of the Council in November, and as Leader I am determined to ensure the people of Slough are able to access and take up the opportunities that arise from change.
We have ambitious plans for the town. We are investing in our infrastructure from schools, health and leisure, to transport and housing. The arrival of Crossrail and the potential third runway at Heathrow will make us even more attractive as a place for business and investment.
This will regenerate the town and I want to be clear that the benefits of this will be shared out to our neighbourhoods and to all sections of our residential community. Among this growth and change the Council’s leadership is determined to make sure that Slough nurtures an environment that keeps it a desirable place to live, work, rest and stay.
As well as greater local job opportunities we are working to enable further investment in our transport infrastructure – to relieve pressure on our already overloaded roads as well as tackling air quality. This is important for the health and wellbeing of all of us.