Antreev Dhillon (Labour)

Vote Antreev Dhillon for Colnbrook with Poyle

View Antreev’s election leaflet here: Page 1 and Page 2

In These Difficult Times, Colnbrook Needs A Fresh Face!

Antreev Dhillon lives in Slough and has just finished her final exams in International Business Management at university. A community activist, she helped set up a London-based dance group which she hopes to bring to Slough to bring fun and fitness to the town.

She has spoken to hundreds of Colnbrook residents during the past few months and, if elected, will work with fellow Labour councillor James Walsh to continue to make the village’s voice heard in Slough Town Hall.

Since 2008, the Labour-run council has introduced the red bin recycling scheme – which has seen a huge increase in recycling across Slough and in Colnbrook – and community wardens, including Linda Corcoran in Colnbrook.

In addition, Cllr Walsh led the way in getting a Children’s Centre and library in Colnbrook, both of which will open this summer. If elected on May 5, Antreev will join Cllr Walsh in making sure that Colnbrook continues to receive services neglected by the previous Lib Dem/Conservative-run council.

Antreev has a strong interest in fitness and will work to ensure that pensioners and children can continue to swim for free at Langley Leisure Cenre, despite the £25million cuts imposed on the council by the Conservative/Lib Dem coalition.

She also believes that, at a time when the Coalition is imposing severe austerity measures from Westminster, local Conservatives and Liberals do not wreck Slough’s finances again. During their period running the Town Hall (2004-08), the coalition’s slipshod and uncosted actions meant that the borough’s reserves were raided, programmes such as the refurbishment of flats in nearby Langley massively overspent by millions and council tax increase by 5% EVERY YEAR.

If elected Antreev will:

  • Ensure that front-line services for Colnbrook residents are protected from Conservative cuts
  • Ensure that new services, like the library and Sure Start Centre in Vicarage Way, are introduced in the village
  • Ensure that all policies are costed and manifesto pledges made to Colnbrook residents are kept
  • Ensure that the playground at the Westfield Hall in Severn Crescent is refurbished and brought up to standard
  • Ensure that residents’ opposition to the SIFE freight exchange is heard in the Town Hall – and that action is taken before irreparable environmental damage is caused

Labour’s Antreev Dhillon says NO to SIFE!

Labour campaigner Antreev Dhillon and your Labour Cllr James Walsh are fighting a developer proposal to build a freight exchange by J5 of the M4 at Colnbrook.

These plans would give Colnbrook a lorry terminus with no local benefit from freight moving onto the railway.

Nonetheless the Tories seem determined to force these plans on Colnbrook. Their Secretary of State Eric Pickles said in a written report:
“If an application were to be made … at Colnbrook of about the size indicated … then harm to the green belt might be significantly less than by [the other] proposals”.

Labour: protecting your services – renewing our neighbourhoods

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  1. Dexter Smith
    Dexter Smith 1 May, 2011 at 1:34 pm · Reply

    The Labour candidate’s latest leaflet includes the statement: “Labour offers new local libraries – Tory councils shut theirs down”. My first reaction to this was to think: wait a minute, Slough’s Labour-run council closed down the mobile library service that served Colnbrook last year, and when the Tory/BILLD coalition ran the Town Hall between 2004 and 2008, this Joint Administration that I was part of increased the opening hours for Slough’s libraries, we refurbished the Cippenham Library and built a completely new library at Langley, (we also planned to move the central Slough library into the so-called “learning curve” building and to build a replacement library as part of the Britwell regeneration; we did not plan to close the mobile library service, having bought a new vehicle in 2005).

    I suppose it is entirely possible that at least one Tory Council somewhere in the country has decided to close a library, and there could of course be dozens of reasons for doing so – some good and some bad. But knowing something about the current state of the Slough library service, I feel I have to respond to a statement that to my mind is so obviously meant to deceive. I know Conservative South Bucks District Council have had problems with the viability of the library at Burnham, which is under-used. Conversely, Conservative-run Windsor and Maidenhead opened a new and additional library in Datchet in 2008, and my councillor friends there tell me they currently plan to extend opening hours by working with voluntary organisations.

    Obviously, what’s really behind this Slough Labour election statement about libraries is that they now plan to put a library into the vacant and recently derelict Colnbrook Youth and Community Centre building in Vicarage Way. I don’t have anything against that in principle, but I do wonder if we are going to get the best use from this building with Labour’s plans for it, especially as these plans have been formulated with local groups, users or general public consultation.

    When I was SBC’s Commissioner for Planning and Transportation, 2004-8, every major public works project in Slough was subject to a public consultation. I introduced that policy. I remember axing Council proposals for building homes on Farnham Lane, under the Britwell Regeneration Project, and abandoning plans for yellow-line parking restrictions on and around Langley High Street (actually responding to calls for action) because of strong local opposition. This is not just about making the Council behave more democratically; it is about making sure that taxpayers’ money is spent on delivering what taxpayers actually want.

    I am sure that if Colnbrook residents were asked: “would you like to have a public library in the village”? The answer of the majority would be yes (especially if it cleaned up a derelict building in the Conservation Area at the same time), but a more revealing question would be: “if there were a public library in Colnbrook, how often would you use it”? or how about: “what additional services would you like to see the Council providing locally in Colnbrook”?

    Had there been a consultation in Colnbrook about plans to put a new library into the old Youth and Community Centre building the competing plans of Colnbrook Cof E School to enlarge its library and open this for community use could have been more widely known about and could have been considered objectively as alternatives. In 2008 I supported Colnbrook School’s plans for a Childrens Centre and community facilities. I understand entirely the reasons why those plans are not viable any more, but equally, the School has a new entrance and it already had a library, which probably will be extended and made open to the public outside School hours regardless.

    Equally, in 2008, the Joint Administration of which I was part had a plan to put a satellite office of My Council into the Colnbrook Youth and Community Centre – we had introduced My Council and had satellites in Cippenham, Britwell and Langley but the plans for Colnbrook were on hold because we couldn’t get the internet bandwidth necessary for the job. In the last few months the Council has put infrared antennas on tower block flats in Langley that could provide a line-of-sight link to Vicarage Way that could give the bandwidth needed (and Virgin Media have just cabled-up Vicarage Way). I would suggest that a My Council satellite might now be possible at this site, along with a Childrens Centre; and I’d like to see a new Youth Club there too. This, augmented by a community library at Colnbrook School should, even now at this stage, be considered as an alternative to the current plan – going ahead without a public consultation is a recipe for more wasteful misallocation of public resources.

    Finally, let me pose a few related questions to the Labour candidate: How is Slough’s library service going to be made more responsive to local needs by SBC’s contracting out of the running of the library service to Essex County Council as of 1st March 2011, and why did SBC recently recruit a manager to run that contract stating in the job description that “no previous experience of library service is required”? How can anyone have any faith that Slough’s libraries will survive under Labour?

    Dexter Smith – Conservative Candidate

  2. Cllr James Walsh
    Cllr James Walsh 2 May, 2011 at 8:24 pm · Reply

    I’m sorry to see that the Conservative candidate is trying to make a negative out of a very big positive in Colnbrook. I have spent the past few years leading the way to get more services in Colnbrook and was instrumental in securing the Children’s Centre and library for residents. I won’t be making any apologies for that and have searched very hard to find any similar achievements from his eight years on the council.

    Indeed, the most I could find were the ‘biggies’ advertised on his recent leaflet – a bus route through Colnbrook (surely Transport for London’s doing?) and a cycle entrance to the T5 bus entrance (with T5 being outside Slough Council’s remit). Not an impressive record by any standards.

    When I was elected in 2008, I resolved to get Colnbrook back in the mainstream after years of neglect under its Conservative borough councillors. The village had been passed from pillar to post between different authorities for many years, and it’s no secret to say that it was very much an outpost of Slough by 2008. For example, there were a multitude of dodgy planning issues that hadn’t been dealt with, despite the Conservative candidate being a leading light in the coalition-run council at the time. Several of these have now been addressed, with some illegal structures being pulled down completely, and I remain vigilant wherever the planning rules are flouted. No-one pretends that this is an easy job, but it’s the job of ward councillors to try nonetheless and stand up for law-abiding residents.

    Regarding the new library, you’d be hard-pressed to recall the conservative candidate’s work in preserving the listed Old School building in Vicarage Way. The history of his BILLD coalition council is a notorious one of “talk and no action” – and to allow this fine Victorian building to slip into rack and ruin simply because they “couldn’t get an Internet connection” would be laughable if it wasn’t so tragic. So to complain now about the great family services and library going in there – action taken instead of words spoken – is a different level of rich!

    Instead of celebrating superb new services coming to Colnbrook – where, incidentally, 99% of people Antreev and I have spoken to look forward to using them – the Conservative candidate has sadly tried to use them as a stick in his election campaign. That’s to be expected, I suppose, from a representative of the party that has callously cut public services to the bone and has forced councils across the land to close libraries and slash the services used by the most vulnerable in society.

    There is a real choice on May 5. Colnbrook residents can choose Antreev Dhillon, a candidate who will work to bring new services to the village and fight plans to build a Conservative-backed freight exchange on our greenbelt, or they can choose a Conservative candidate hostile to real improvements and services.

  3. Patrick Brennan
    Patrick Brennan 7 May, 2011 at 1:42 am · Reply

    Just where does Antreev Dhillon live? In Colnbrook, Poyle?

    No. Colnbrook councilors for Colnbrook people.

  4. Colnbrook Resident
    Colnbrook Resident 7 May, 2011 at 5:33 pm · Reply

    LABOUR – YES
    ANTREEV – NO NO NO NO NO

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