Committee chair accuses Slough Council of “sham” consultation into road closure
The head of Slough’s Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Committee has labelled the consultation into the closure of Chequers Bridge “a sham”.
Cllr Ted Plenty, head of the Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Panel and outspoken critic of the road layout changes at Brands Hill dubbed the ‘road of death’, has attacked Council officers for not being honest about the real reason for the closure of Chequers Bridge and Hollow Hill/Mansion Lane.
In a letter to the Slough Observer Cllr Plenty says the real reason for the closure is to avoid a £20 million rebuilding cost forced by HS2’s relocation of the Heathrow Express depot to Langley, prior to the bridge being closed for good by the Western Rail Access to Heathrow.
Cllr Plenty says he understands the real reason is being deliberately withheld from residents.
“Though I do not agree with the ploy above, it is a logical option to consider, along with various other options. What I find unacceptableis the reluctance of council officers to be open and transparent about the reason for the closure”.
“Any consultation that only provides part of the story shows a lack of respect to the residents of Langley and can be little more than a sham”.
The bridge, in Hollow Hill Lane/Mansion Lane/Market Lane, was closed under an experimental traffic order on 2 August, to allow officers to assess the impact on traffic flow in the area ahead of the delivery of major transport infrastructure projects, some of which could potentially see the long-term or permanent closure of the bridge.
Drop-in sessions are being held by the Council at Christ the Worker Church Centre in Parlaunt Road, Langley, on the following dates:
- 29 September 4-8pm
- 27 October 4-8pm
- 22 November 4-8pm
Residents are also being encouraged to submit their views on the closure via an online questionnaire, or via the Transport for Slough Facebook page – where hundreds have already made their views on the closure known.