Colnbrook ward councillor Dexter Smith has made his third outspoken attack on Slough Borough Council this year, according to this week’s Slough Observer. This time, for for making secret “compromise agreements” that it fails to track.
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 on collision course with SBC over controversial Sikh school on site earmarked for Slough Town FC
Colnbrook ward councillor Dexter Smith has put himself on collision course with Ruth Bagley, Chief Executive of Slough Borough Council, supporting Government proposals to build a Sikh school on the Arbour Vale site earmarked for Slough Town Football Club. “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”, he said.
A heated altercation followed Colnbrook’s Cllr Dexter Smith call for stricter controls for any councillor found in breach of regulations, on Tuesday, to fill a ‘void in standards’. Conservative councillor Wayne Strutton asking deputy leader Cllr James Swindlehurst to ‘come outside’ at the end of the meeting.
Cllr Dexter Smith has said the decision not to re-open the Radlett Inquiry and combine it with the SIFE Inquiry “is good news on two counts”. first, that Colnbrook people will not be asked to go to Inquiry sessions miles away, and second that the strategic importance of our Green Belt has been recognised.
Cllr Dexter Smith strikes an upbeat note in a Christmas message to residents today, with an optimistic reflection on the village, community, and progress on village issues.
The Boundary Commission for England has been labelled ‘barking mad’ as councillors vowed to unite against the proposals, while Cllr James Swindlehurst has claimed: “It’s a dog’s breakfast. We are on top of opposing this in the strongest possible terms.”
An eight week consultation into moving Colnbrook from Adam Afriye’s Windsor constituency to a new cross-county constituency of Spelthorne is entering its final stages, with overwhelming support in favour of a move expressed in submissions to the Boundary Commission so far.
Proposals for a burger van in the car park of the Tantric Blue club, to open from 6 am – 3 pm, and a van serving Indian food in the car park of Gibtel Lodge, from 4 -11 pm – both on the Colnbrook By-Pass – will be debated by the Planning Committee next week.
In a surprise move developer Goodman today demanded an indefinite postponement of the Public Inquiry into SIFE, insisting that the long-awaited appeal decision into the Radlett Aerodrome site by the Government should come first. The Planning Inspectorate will decide by the end of the week.
Ahead of the pre-inquiry meeting into the Slough International Freight Exchange on Monday, Cllrs Dexter Smith and Mike Nye have called on the community ‘to let the inspector know the strength of feeling against it’.
Cllr Mike Nye has successfully forced the Boundary Commission into a rethink on its earlier recommendations to merge the village into a combined Colnbrook & Langley East ward. Cllr Nye, who has been a resident of Colnbrook for 34 years, argued that Colnbrook’s strong community identity, and “passion for protecting our open spaces” was at odds with the densely populated urbanisation of Foxborough. He also urged the LGBCE to consider an electoral registration drive rather than simply redrawing ward boundaries.