Latest version of ‘Citizen’ keeps it positive
Following on the heels of statistics that reveal Slough to be an unhappy and anxious place, the latest edition of the town’s quarterly newsletter Citizen, published yesterday, appears to be determined to talk things up.
The e-magazine highlights the “much anticipated” opening of The Curve, Slough’s new learning and cultural centre, in December. The new £150,000 bike storage hub at Slough station is featured, along with the success of the borough-wide bike hire scheme which now has 386 members. The investment in the Chalvey Community Centre, new facilities in Slough Libraries, and a new road improvement scheme for Burnham Station are all covered.
The Council, for some reason, stubbornly refuses to use its main communication platform to tell residents about key developments in the town. The SIFE public inquiry which has tied up council staff for over three weeks did not get a mention. That it ignores the looming decision on a Third Runway is somewhat understandable, given its stance, but SBC has also chosen not to inform residents about the impacts of the M4 or M25 changes, the Western Rail Link to Heathrow, or its hard fought resistance to the Heathrow Express depot in Langley.
Colnbrook, as usual, barely gets a mention in the newsletter, which remains very town centre oriented. Bar a brief mention of the new bike dock at Sutton Lane and a photograph of Cllr Peter Hood re-hoisting the Green Flag at Pippins Park, there is no mention of the eastern most province of the town or all that it faces.
Forget the current consultation into the new flood alleviation plan, or the air quality measures demanded by the Supreme Court, consideration of the Council’s new waste strategy, or its aspirations to build badly needed housing – all of which could definitely benefit from a little local influence. These are apparently not things we should be talking about.
But don’t worry, the newsletter does reveal dates for the annual Bonfire & Fireworks Spectacular (on November 7) and the Christmas Lights Switch-on (November 26) – so there’s something to look forward to.
You can read the October edition of Citizen here.