Slough’s political leaders pay tribute to town’s community activists

The Slough Express has published contrasting seasonal messages from local leaders on different sides of the political spectrum.  But all express their gratitude to a “generosity of spirit”, community mindedness, and hard working councillors and active residents.

Afriyie, MacTaggart, Bains and Anderson

Afriyie, MacTaggart, Bains and Anderson

Adam Afriyie, Colnbrook’s MP, chooses to celebrate low unemployment levels and the improving business outlook locally. He looks back at “a very busy 12 months” during which he has focused on the fight against the Heathrow expansion and worked “as hard as possible” to give the British people an EU Referendum vote in 2014.

It has certainly been another tough year with continued pressures on household budgets, but I’m delighted that the economic road ahead is looking a little more positive.

Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, asks us to think how anxious Joseph must have felt with nowhere to take his pregnant wife, noting  that, this year, “more of my constituents have faced homelessness than at any time since I was first elected MP for Slough”.

I pledge to do all I can to help the people I have the privilege to represent to cope well with the challenges of life.

Cllr Rob Anderson, leader of Slough Borough Council, reflects on the last year as one of “positive progress and continued success for our town”. He notes the Queen’s visit to Britwell, and finding funds to deliver “much-needed new community centres, school places and housing” – and shortly “The Curve” – in the face of Government cuts.

… it is clear to all that we are not only working to make the year ahead the best possible but are as positive and ambitious about our town’s future as we ever were.

But while our political leaders may have different views, what they find in common is the “great warmth and generosity of spirit” in the town.

Cllr Balvinder Bains, Mayor of Slough, says he has been particularly impressed by the “outstanding work carried out within the community and voluntary sectors and by the statutory bodies”.

I would like to thank the many individuals and groups who work tirelessly to contribute to Slough’s success.

Mr Afriyie says he continues to be overwhelmed by the “generosity and energy of our hard-working councillors and active residents” who get involved with local projects.

Afriyie pledges to “fight tooth and nail” in the coming year in the interest of local residents, particularly in support of the local environment and NHS, while MacTaggart commits to “help local people build a better future for themselves and their children”.

And in a message perhaps particularly apt to Colnbrook’s fight against Heathrow expansion in the coming months, Cllr Anderson urges residents to:

… enjoy the festive season and use this time to come together as families and as a community to celebrate the positives of the last year and reaffirm our collective hopes and ambitions for the future.

Read more in the Slough Express

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