Dexter leads Tory fight to stop Labour roadworks
Colnbrook’s Cllr Dexter Smith is leading local Tories’ campaign to have Slough Borough Council’s programme of roadworks shut down immediately – and reassessed by councillors.
Councillors will vote on Tuesday whether to pass the Conservative motion to immediately stop all current roadworks until a report be submitted to councillors on whether they are actually making the situation better, and not worse.
The motion has been called for by Colnbrook’s Conservative councillor Dexter Smith and seconded by leader of Slough Conservatives Cllr Anna Wright (Haymill).
The Conservatives lost a bid to force the resignation of Council Leader Rob Anderson two weeks ago over SBC’s second successive ‘inadequate’ OFSTED rating on children’s services, and it lost a vote of no confidence earlier in the year. Both are reported to have cost £3,000 a time.
With 34 Labour Councillors to the Tories’ 5 the motion is, again, expected to fail.
… disruption, congestion, increased carbon emissions and very unhappy commuters …
Cllr Wright attacked “useless experimental traffic measures” that have caused severe disruption.
Ten days ago SBC was forced into a u-turn on new roadworks on the junction of A4 London Road and Langley Road, and published a new online map to inform road users of what works would be happening when. Cllr Wright said the map showed “disruption, congestion, increased carbon emissions and very unhappy commuters”.
You can tell we are only a few weeks away from an election
Labour council leader Cllr Robert Anderson said:
“You can tell we are only a few weeks away from an election, as the Tories have jettisoned the council’s agreed priorities and policies in favour of cheap and shameless populism.”
“If the Tories actually cared about influencing these projects, they would have turned up at the meetings where the highways projects were on the agenda for discussion.”