Parish accuses Slough of “negligence” over Colnbrook Surgery closure
A veteran Colnbrook parish councillor has accused Slough Borough Council of “having a negligent attitude towards Colnbrook” following the closure of the Colnbrook Surgery.
The Slough Observer yesterday reported that Colnbrook Parish Councillor Peter Hood has hit out at Slough Borough Council for failing to prevent the closure of the last Colnbrook Surgery.
The ‘paper reports that Cllr Hood has accused the Council of “having a negligent attitude towards Colnbrook” and failing to invest some of the income generated from freight companies locally back into the parish.
… a lot of that money comes from the freight business, which is mostly in Colnbrook … we aren’t getting an equitable return on what we’re putting in …
Cllr Hood told the Observer:
“Lots of money is spent on Slough town centre, but a lot of that money comes from the freight business, which is mostly in Colnbrook. That business is booming, but we aren’t getting an equitable return on what we’re putting in.”
Cllr Hood joined a group of residents who, on Friday 10th February, handed over a petition with 300 signatures calling for a rethink in view of the poor bus links to Langley.
“We feel like Slough Borough Council have forgotten about us. We have always had a doctor’s surgery in the village, but now our residents have to travel to Langley. The local bus bypasses the village, leaving us without public transport. We’re still trying to sort out a new place for a surgery in the village, but we’re running out of ideas.”
A Slough Borough Council spokesperson was dismissive:
“The 81 bus goes through the High Street so there is a way to get to the GP surgery in Langley, albeit they will need to travel to Slough Bus Station before taking the no 7 which stops close to the Common Road surgery. We are in the process of seeing what other arrangements can be made.”
Some residents complained that they had not known about the paper-based petition and that organisers should have capitalised on the outpouring of emotion on social media.
Dr Nazaff Adam, Managing Partner at Langley Health Centre, repeated assurances that a good service would be maintained at Langley Heath Centre.