Who will get Colnbrook’s vote today?
Colnbrook goes to the polls this morning with both seats on Slough Borough Council up for grabs. But in a surprisingly low profile campaign have the candidates managed to get their message across, and who will get your vote?
In a year that has seen terrible flooding, shocking air quality, and a two-pronged threat of a Third Runway into Colnbrook who is fighting Colnbrook’s corner locally ? The fate of the village may be sealed by who you vote for at next year’s General Election, but the next 12 months will be pivotal in making Colnbrook’s case.
Will UKIP’s high showing in the polls be reflected locally or will high council tax and poorly executed roadworks drive you to the Conservatives? Or will austerity and the ‘cost of living crisis’ bring you to vote Labour?
Or, are you interested to know which candidates are really promising to do something for Colnbrook? Here’s what we know:
|Party||Candidates||Policies for Colnbrook|
|Conservatives||Julia Thomson LONGDexter Jerome SMITH||Cut Council Tax; tackle anti-social behaviour; fewer roadworks; reduced spend on highways; better bus services; more GPs; convert empty offices to housing; support for Free Schools; tackle OFSTED’s ‘inadequate’ rating for child safeguarding; more tennis courts; better libraries and protection of Green Belt.No mention of Heathrow but Dexter Smith is known to be against a Third Runway, in contrast to his party nationally.
|Labour||Avtar KAUR CHEEMAJosiah Njore KIMANI||Protect local services from Conservative cuts and keep the council properly managed; a freeze on energy bills and no increase in Council Tax; keep Slough’s parks improving, and upgrade the last round of local play areas needing renewal; tackle Slough’s housing problems – allocating Council homes to local people and take action against rogue landlords; ensure Slough’s community facilities are modernised, not closed down by the Tories.No mention of Heathrow but Slough’s ruling Labour group supports growth of the airport.
Josiah Njore is keen to secure environmental improvements for Colnbrook village, and tougher action to combat fly-tipping and anti-social behaviour, while Avtar Kaur Cheema is keen to tackle litter and tatty infrastructure in the Westfield estate, and improving drains and street-lighting in eastern Colnbrook.
|Independent||Aarti JOSHIRakesh PABBI||Lobby First Buses to get at least one blue airport bus service to run through Colnbrook to Heathrow; CCTV to keep the wider neighbourhood safe for residents and to deter and identify fly-tippers; have Slough Council adopt and maintain the few potholed Colnbrook roads classified as “private”.Associated with The Slough Party which aims to help residents with their council related problems, such as parking, council tax, housing and similar issues.
|UKIP||Keith FRANKLIN||A generic manifesto for all local councils, including: binding local planning referendums on major decisions, such as incinerators, and transport schemes like HS2; reduce tax and business costs to stimulate the local economy; reduce the pressure on housing by ending open-door immigration; direct new housing to brown-field sites; stop preferential treatment to travellers; improve access to quality local education and create more grammar; schools and technical skills colleges; give parents the right to choose where their children go to school; oppose cuts to front-line doctors, surgeons, dentists and nurses; improve road maintenance as a priority; upgrade public transport; increase provision; of free parking in town centres; weekly bin collections; preserve our public libraries; zero tolerance approach to anti-social behavior; energise the voluntary sector.Read more|