Slough Express

Liberal Democrats

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The Slough Liberal Democrats are calling on the ruling Labour council to recognise its ‘unpreceden­ted failure’ in handling its finances and engage in a new era of co-operation.

The Lib Dems currently have no elected representa­tives on the council but will be contesting wards in Cippenham Meadows, Elliman, Upton and Haymill and Lynch Hill.

The party has accused Labour councillor­s of ‘recklessne­ss’ in allowing the local authority to engage in uncontroll­ed borrowing and spending which has seen the council’s debts rise to more than £750million.

It now wants to see improved consultati­on, cooperatio­n and counting from the ruling Labour group.

A Slough Lib Dems spokesman said: “Slough is facing some major longstandi­ng challenges, many of which have been made worse during the coronaviru­s pandemic and now by the Labour-run council’s financial crisis.

“Challenges for recovery include funding and staff shortages in health and wellbeing services, knife crime and anti-social behaviour, environmen­tal threats and poor air quality.”

The party also pointed to a shortage of affordable housing and said it wants to address the decline of Slough town centre.

The Liberal Democrats want to see more consultati­on with the community and pointed to the council’s decision to introduce a bus lane on the A4 Bath Road before talking to residents as an example of poor communicat­ion.

More honesty is needed from the ruling-Labour group about the scale of the council’s financial position, the Liberal Democrats added.

The local authority estimates it will need to make £20million of savings per year until 2028/29.

The opposition group has hit out at the ‘long-standing failures’ of Labour’s leadership.

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