Dexter loses motion for forced sale of Arbour Vale site as petition hits 1,300
Colnbrook ward and parish councillor Dexter Smith’s motion to force Slough Borough Council to sell land to a Government-backed Sikh Secondary Academy was overwhelmingly defeated on Tuesday.
Dexter put himself on collision course with Ruth Bagley, Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council, after supporting Government proposals to build a Sikh school on the former Arbour Vale school site.
Slough Borough Council has earmarked the site for Slough Town Football Club and new housing.
The “Arbour Park” development is planned to include:
- a new football stadium intended to be run and used by Slough Town Football Club
- two extra football pitches
- multi use games area
- club house and accommodation block
- athletics track
- facilities for the dance academy
- 89 new homes
- and a new sports hall
A public consultation took place in March 2012 with people showing overwhelming support for the redevelopment of the site.
Just three councillors voted in favour of the motion.
In calling for the motion Cllr Smith said:
“That site has been standing there since 2008 waiting for an offer to come from Slough Town football club and a housing development which has not materialised and there is now increasing pressure on school places.
There is no obvious site for this school which is wanted in the area so it makes great sense for that site to be released.”
The e-petition set up by supporters of the Arbour Park scheme has now gained 1,314 votes.