“The heart is being ripped out of Slough”: Council Leader criticises Boundary Commission recommendations

The Boundary Commission’s recommendation to transfer Chalvey to Windsor feels like “the heart is being ripped out of Slough”, says the leader of Slough Borough Council, while the town’s MP has labelled it “a careless ‘fix’ to a Windsor problem”.

Cllr Sohail Munawar

Cllr Sohail Munawar, Slough’s commissioner for social and economic inclusion.

The leader of Slough Borough Council has criticised yesterday’s recommendation of the Boundary Commission to transfer Chalvey to Windsor.

Councillor Sohail Munawar’s statement said:

“At first glance, this appears to be a Windsor issue, as it’s currently too small for the new 600 seat parliament and it needs to be made bigger, whereas the current Slough constituency, including Chalvey, fits the Boundary Commission’s objectives.

“On a personal level this feels like the heart is being ripped out of Slough.

“I will be working with our MP, the Labour Group and the council to oppose these proposals – Slough needs to remain Slough.”

Cllr Munawar was supported by Fiona Mactaggart, MP for Slough, who described the proposal as disrespectful and unnecessary.  She said:

“This is an offensive plan which is an assault on the town I am proud to represent.

“This proposal is a careless ‘fix’ for a Windsor problem that damages the integrity of Slough and will almost certainly leave Chalvey residents with a parliamentary representative lacking a clear understanding of their needs and local issues.

“I say to the commission let Slough be Slough and don’t force a centre of town ward which includes our town hall and part of Slough high street to be represented by a Windsor MP

“There are other ways to increase the size of Windsor constituency that do not take a bite out of central Slough and remove one of the oldest parts of the settlement of Slough to group it with a neighbouring town.

“Slough constituency is already the correct size proposed for a 600-seat parliament on its existing boundaries, and this proposal disrespects our town’s integrity to solve a problem in Windsor.

“I will be writing to the Boundary Commission to object to this proposal and suggest workable alternative plans. I would urge Chalvey residents to make representations to the commission expressing their concern as well.”

The publication of the Boundary Commission’s recommendations yesterday started a 12-week consultation.

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