• SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 3 days ago
    A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by a judge for illegally letting out an outbuilding for more than three years. Paul Vig admitted failing to comply with a Planning Enforcement Notice which prohibited the outbuilding being used as a self-contained residence which he was letting out. The structure in the garden of a house in Reddington Drive, Langley, had a shower room, a washing machine and white goods which allowed it to be a self-contained property – also known as a ‘bed in a shed’. A planning enforcement notice was issued for the property in 2015. However, when the 58-year-old applied for a compulsory licence for a house in multiple occupation, or HMO, it was discovered although some of the white goods had been removed, it contained everything needed to be an independent self-contained unit. Mr Vig and his wife, Maria Vig, appeared at Reading Crown Court on Wednesday 6 October, for a Proceeds of Crime Act hearing, as they benefitted from letting out the property at £160 per week. Each had admitted a single charge of being in contravention of an enforcement notice contrary to section 179 Town and County Planning Act 1990, between 21 September 2016 and 24 July 2019. Mr Vig, of Scotlands Drive, Farnham Common, was fined £5,000 for flouting the enforcement notice. The fine was ordered to be paid within six months or he would face a three-month prison sentence. He was also ordered to pay £8,161.67 towards the council’s costs. Mrs Vig, 40, of Fawsley Close, Colnbrook, was given a six-month conditional discharge with Judge Emma Nott stating she was just a landlord by name on documentation and all responsibilities were undertaken by her then husband. She was ordered to pay the remaining council costs of £4,000. In her judgement, Judge Nott said: “I am satisfied that Mr Vig knew full well that the continued commercial use of the outbuilding was in breach of the enforcement notice. “Photographs dated 24 July 2019 show a kitchenette – washing machine, microwave, fridge freezer, washing facilities, cupboards with food and glassware. With or without the kitchen equipment, this is a self-contained unit of accommodation and the tenancy agreements show that this is how it was let. “As a commercial landlord he has a clear duty to understand and comply with all rules, regulations and notices pertaining to the properties he rents out. “The offending is aggravated by the length of time over which it was committed, the fact that it was committed for financial gain, the poverty of amenity provided by the property to the tenant of the outbuilding and the adverse effect on the tenant of the main property.” Councillor Beni Bains, cabinet member for regulation and public protection, said: “Beds in sheds will not be tolerated in the borough. “They are not suitable accommodation for the resident and they are just designed to make money out of the most vulnerable. “Planning enforcement will continue to seek out landlords who act in this unlawful way.”
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 4 days ago
    Green bin collections are to be adjusted to when they are used the most. The service will be paused throughout the winter when less gardening waste is created. Currently green bins are collected fortnightly all year round except for a short break over the festive period. Green bins have become a popular additional opt-in service for residents with 28,000 households the recipient of the garden waste bin. This service, which is limited to one green bin per household, does not incur an additional cost to residents unlike many of the neighbouring local authorities, which also have a hiatus over the winter months. Green bin collection will stop for the winter from Monday 22 November. Collections will begin again on Monday 21 March, 2022. Green waste is waste produced from a resident’s garden including grass cuttings, hedge and shrub trimmings, small branches and twigs, flowers, small plants and weeds. The green waste is taken to the Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre where it is transferred to composting facilities in Bracknell, to produce high quality compost products. See what can be put in the green bins, and to apply for a green bin, here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/household-waste-collection/what-goes-in-bins/3. Green waste can be taken to Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre at any time of the year. For more information about what goes into waste, recycling and green bins visit - https://www.slough.gov.uk/household-waste-collection/what-goes-in-bins.
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  • The simplest of measures can prevent a car becoming the target for thieves. Locking car doors and closing windows is the first line of defence from car thieves. Make sure car keys are nowhere near the front door where thieves can extract them through the letter box, which is called fishing. Keep keys on a hook away from windows and doors. For more car prevention advice visit - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/preventing-car-vehicle-theft/
  • Residents are invited to have their say in a consultation about future services in Britwell and Northborough. The survey, which is live now until 5pm on Tuesday 30 November, is part of the council’s plans to develop strong, healthy and attractive neighbourhoods. The redeveloped Britwell Community Centre and library is scheduled to be completed early next year. The proposed redevelopment will look to house a new GP and Health Surgery in the new centre allowing a range of services to be delivered from one location. Some of the topics in the survey include Covid-19 Impact, the health and wellbeing of residents and the local area. The results will identify key issues, concerns and areas for opportunity and improvement. Councillor Sabia Akram, lead member for leisure, culture and communities, said: “The people living in these areas day to day know what is most important to them and what services they value. Housing health services alongside our community centre and library makes best use of our building and means residents can do more in one visit. “I would encourage Britwell and Northborough residents to fill in the short survey to make their views known.” The council is working in partnership with Britwell Parish Council, Public Health Slough, East Berkshire NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) health partners and One Slough to create strong neighbourhoods. The survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Britwell Paper copies can be collected and returned to the following locations. Britwell Library, Wentworth Avenue, SL2 2DH Children’s Centre, Monksfield Way, SL21QX For help filling in the survey, please call 07523 935995 from Monday to Friday between 9.30am-4pm. For more information on the Creating Stronger Neighbourhoods initiative, please email community.development@slough.gov.uk or call Aqeel Akram (Community Development Officer) on the number above.
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 5 days ago
    There is no full M4 weekend closure this weekend. Both carriageways between junctions 5, Langley, and 4b, the M25, will be closed overnight between 9pm and 6am, on Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October. The eastbound exit slip road is closed at junction 6, Slough, overnight between 9pm an 6am, on Monday 18, Tuesday 19. Wednesday 20, Thursday 21 October.
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  • The latest planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon in the past week, are all listed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • The rise in popularity of video doorbells can make homeowners feel safer. However, such recording devices are great after a crime has been committed. Burglars be can be put off by alarms and prevent a resident becoming a victim in the first place. More Thames Valley Police crime prevention advice here - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/keep-burglars-out-property/
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 7 days ago
    Violence against women and girls in the borough will be tackled after more than half a million pounds was secured from the government. The Safer Street Fund of £23.5 million was set up in the wake of the murder of Sarah Everard in London, with the aim to make public spaces safer for women and girls. The successful joint application was made by the council, the Thames Valley office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Aik Saath and Lime, a specialist youth engagement organisation. Several projects will be made possible by the £513,940 award. It will lead to a ‘whole system’ approach by the partnership which will begin immediately and run until April 2022. The initiatives will centre on Chalvey, where statistically there is a more of a need to make women and girls safer. Working closely with the Chalvey Community Partnership the work will address issues and themes identified by residents in the area. Local information reveals violence against women and girls is committed by men of all ages and was due to a range of factors including cultural attitudes as well as physical factors such as location and environment. This insight is at the centre of the projects to tackle the safety issues women and girls face. The whole system approach will be made up of six parts. • A Street Guardianship team to improve safety through daily street patrols. • A Design Out Crime project to change streets making them safer, from physical changes like street layout to lighting and surveillance. • Specialist intervention and community work with members of the Roma community. • A specialist Youth and Community Worker to work with young people when in or out of school, to challenge signs of sexual harassment and adopt more positive and respectful attitudes towards women and girls. • Develop a communications campaign with young people to educate peers. • Create an enhanced Choices programme working with Year 12 students, practitioners, young people and parents. The Choices programme already supports young people to understand themselves and make better choices using interactive, story-driven resources which were co-created by Slough students. Councillor Beni Bains, cabinet member for regulation and public protection, said: “This money will start to make a big difference in attitudes towards all types of violence towards women from verbal, emotional, intimidation or physical. “Working with information residents have provided, and knowledgeable partners, means the money will be used in the most effective areas in the most effective way.” For more information about the national Safer Street Fund visit https://www.gov.uk/government/news/police-local-authoritiesgiven-extra-235m-for-safer-streets
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 7 days ago
    In a record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award, as the scheme marks its Silver Jubilee, Herschel, Salt Hill, and Pippins Parks are three of 2,127 celebrating success today. The award is the international quality mark for parks and green spaces. Salt Hill Park and Pippins Park have held Green Flag Awards for the past 11 years and for Herschel Park, this year’s flag marks a decade of being in receipt of the award. After 18 months that have seen our parks and green spaces play a vital role for people through lockdowns as a place to relax, exercise and meet friends and family safely, the news that Herschel, Salt Hill and Pippins Parks have achieved the Green Flag Award is testament to the hard work and dedication of the team that make Slough’s green spaces, great spaces that everyone can enjoy. Herschel, Salt Hill, and Pippins Parks join parks and green spaces as diverse as the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Woodhouse Park in Peterlee, and Chiswick Old Cemetery in London. Sophia Norfolk, principal environment officer & interim parks manager, said: “I am delighted that we have won Green Flag Awards again this year, our parks team work so hard to maintain the amazing green spaces we have around our town, and they continue to be a source of great enjoyment and relaxation for residents young and old. We have such a wide variety of spaces for people to enjoy from the new wetland at Salt Hill Park to the beautiful landscaping at Herschel Park. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.” Commenting on the news that Herschel, Salt Hill and Pippins Parks have achieved the Green Flag Award standard, Green Flag Award Scheme Manager Paul Todd said: “I would like to congratulate everyone involved in making these three Slough Borough Council parks worthy of Green Flag Awards. “To meet the requirements demanded by the scheme is testament to the hard work of the staff and volunteers who do so much to ensure that Herschel, Salt Hill and Pippins Parks have high standards of horticulture, safety and environmental management and is a place that supports people to live healthy lives.” The Green Flag Award scheme, managed by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy under licence from the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, recognises and rewards well-managed parks and green spaces, setting the benchmark standard for the management of green spaces across the United Kingdom and around the world.
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  • A brand new project which will work with 30 lucky residents of East Berkshire to help them launch their dream businesses, is being launched in November. The project, StriveLive, is being delivered by Enterprise CUBE, an experienced team, who have worked to support new businesses across the Berkshire since 2010. Jenna Moody, building better opportunities compliance officer, Slough Borough Council said: “This is an amazing chance to get fully funded training, support, win prizes and join a group of other start-ups who are all striving to start a business.” “If you are a resident who is currently unemployed or economically inactive and looking for a chance to make your business dream a reality then this course is for you.” StriveLive aims to provide the complete start-up incubator experience online, creating the ideal environment for a resident to start a new business. It is run by a small team who have all started and run their own businesses. Connecting 30 resident entrepreneurs, StriveLive offers a start-up community. It combines weekly live video training sessions with an easy-to-use online learning tool that residents can use in their own time. Residents are also offered lots of one-to one sessions with experienced entrepreneurs, who can offer mentoring and tailored advice to help them launch their businesses. If that wasn’t enough, thanks to Housing Solutions, there is also the opportunity for residents to win £1,500 of cash prizes to help them launch their businesses at the end of the project! StriveLive launches on 2 November and will run for 7 weeks. Interested residents should contact Enterprise CUBE or Slough Borough Council for more details. To find out if you are eligible for a free place, get in touch with Jenna Moody at Slough Borough Council email: Jenna.Moody@slough.gov.uk, phone: 07526200906. Or fill out this form on Enterprise CUBE’s website https://www.enterprisecube.org/signupfree/
  • There are a number of roles available at local schools, Slough Children First and other partners. For more visit -https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • It takes burglars just a few seconds to silently break in via a front door which have not been secured properly. Protect your home by pulling the handle up on a uPVC front door. Simply shutting the door won’t prevent burglars. Double-lock the door every single time you leave the house and pull the handle up when going to bed and remove the key. Modern multi-locking and uPVC doors use a system of hooks and latches which only work if you lift up the handle. For more crime prevention advice visit - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/door-window-lock-advice/
  • Who keeps their jewellery, money and other precious items in their bedroom - where you feel it's safest? 🙋 Burglars know where these valuable items are too. They go straight to the bedroom to rifle through clothes drawers and bedside tables. Large amounts of valuable jewellery and money should be kept in a safe bolted to the floor or a safety deposit box. For more crime prevention advice visit - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/protect-home-crime/
  • Think you know what a burglar looks like? These days some professional burglars who target the borough drive high performance cars and can be working in teams. Operating in the day and under the cover of the darker early evenings, they look like anyone else. They are unlikely to be carrying bags of swag or carrying TVs. Expensive, small items like jewellery and money are targeted as it's easy to transport. If something doesn't look right, or someone is behaving suspiciously, report it to Thames Valley Police on 101 or via their online service https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/.
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 11 days ago
    In the run up to the clocks going back an hour at the end of the month the council will be sharing crime prevention tips in partnership with Thames Valley Police. These are intended to assist with protecting yourself, elderly friends, relatives and property as the nights get darker. On average this year, there has been a burglary every other day in the borough. When the clocks go back the number increases dramatically. Each day the council will post some simple and quick tips and reminders which could prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. With many workers starting to return to the workplace after over a year working from home, remember to close and lock windows and doors. Opportunistic thieves love an open invitation - and an empty property - especially in the dark before residents even get home from work.
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  • Slough M4 closures (Edited)
    Both carriageways of the the M4 motorway will be closed between junctions 6, Slough, and 8/9, Maidenhead, from 9pm until 6am the following morning on Monday 11, Tuesday 12 and Thursday 14 October. The westbound carriageway between the same junctions is closed from 9pm on Wednesday 13 October until 6am the following morning. The full weekend closure is between 4b, M25, and 3, Hayes, from 4am on Saturday 16 until 6am Monday 18 October. All work is for Highways England smart motorway project.
  • The planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon in the past week, can all be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • The council is set to discuss a consultation into how Slough library services will look in the future. The council prides itself on its fantastic libraries across the borough where more than 600,000 visits are made by residents in a typical year, to borrow more than half a million books. However, changes need to be made to the provision to ensure that library services are affordable and deliver value for money, are accessible and meet local needs and support and promote good use of technology. The consultation will last for 12 weeks and will launch on 28 October, if Cabinet give the go-ahead. During the consultation residents will be asked to give their views on the key issues the council should consider when designing the borough’s future library service. There are five proposed options, listed below, which residents will be invited to comment on. Reduce the money available to spend on buying publications (both hard copy and eResources). Keep all the main library buildings open but reduce the opening and staffed hours at Langley and Cippenham and reduce the staffed hours at The Curve and Britwell libraries. Keep all library buildings but reduce the hours they are open, the hours they are staffed, and the space dedicated to the library. Attract other users to rent space in the building (co-location). Move all library services out of the current main library buildings and re-locate services to be delivered from a range of other locations across the borough. Close both Langley and Cippenham library buildings but maintain the staffing and opening hours at The Curve library and at Britwell library. Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “With work underway to address our immediate financial issues, Cabinet is now looking at the council’s medium term financial strategy to make sure all services can operate within a tighter financial envelope, ensuring the council’s sustainability going forward. “We’re really proud to have provided a generous library offer over the years in Slough, which has seen us invest in new buildings like The Curve, and the council Cabinet’s preferred model for future library services is to retain our library buildings – but we want to know your views and priorities as we weigh up various options against each other. “Therefore, we really want residents to engage with this consultation and let us know what you want from our library service so we can draw on your views as we shape these services for the future.” When the consultation launches, there will be an online survey, drop-in sessions at libraries and online sessions for residents to share their views. The Cabinet meeting is on Monday 18 October. More information on the consultation can be found in the Cabinet papers at https://democracy.slough.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=109&MId=6746 and www.slough.gov.uk/libraryconsultation
  • There are teaching assistant roles available, roles at Slough Children First and Osborne Property Services Ltd. Take a look here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • There are several Slough specific resources for residents who would like more information about mental health this World Mental Health Day. This year the focus on World Mental Health Day, on Sunday 10 October, is mental health in an unequal world on a local and global level. One of the key reasons for inequality is the stigma and discrimination towards those with mental health issues which can create a barrier to accessing help. Such stigma has led to 9 out of ten people with mental health problems stating it has negatively impacted either their education, work, or personal lives, or all of them. In Slough there is work happening and resources available to prompt and make conversations around mental health normal, like people would ask about someone’s physical health. Cllr Pantelic, lead member for Social Care and Public Health, said: “There are excellent resources here to support people who feel their mental health is suffering. “The challenges of the pandemic continue to affect us all this year, so it’s important for everyone to seek help and advice when they need it and not suffer in silence.” Slough Public Health has partnered with Slough CVS and Wellbeing Prescribing to create information designed to support and help residents who are facing issues. They are available at www.publichealthslough.co.uk/campaigns/health-at-home Slough CVS also provides support and activities to build people’s confidence. This is through face-to-face activities and meeting other people to break down the fear of reintroducing social situations back into their lives and therefore helps with the feelings of loneliness. For more information of what activities are out there visit https://sloughcvs.org/wellbeing-prescribing/ The new “Thriving Community Project” has activities to participate in, in person or online to improve mental health and wellbeing, visit here - https://sloughcvs.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/07/Thriving-Communities-Project.jpg For more Mental Health information visit Mental Health Foundation here - https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/campaigns/world-mental-health-day Every Mind Matters offers a range of resources to help spot the signs of common mental health concerns, offers practical self-care tips, guidance and, importantly, explains when to seek further support. It also has a free NHS-approved online tool the Every Mind Matters Your Mind Plan. http://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/
  • Both carriageways will be closed between junctions 5, Langley, and 4b, the M25, overnight from9pm on Monday 4, Tuesday 5, Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 October until 6am the following morning The full weekend closure from 8pm on Friday 8 until 6am on Monday 11 October, is further afield between junctions 4b, M25, and 3, Hayes.
  • The planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon in the last week, are all listed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • A number of roles are available with partners Slough Children First, Osborne Property Services and in local schools. Take a look here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 23 days ago
    January saw the launch of the Early Years health and wellbeing accreditation. It was created by the children and families team, in partnership with Public Health. The aim of the initiative is to help improve the health and wellbeing of children and their families. Early years settings across the borough have been invited to sign up for the accreditation, which supports them to promote and establish the health improvement messages and practices that should form the foundation of their childcare provision. The rollout was a positive one, despite the challenges of being in the midst of a pandemic, with settings realising the need for such an initiative in Slough. So far, 34 settings have signed up for the accreditation and have begun work that requires assessments in the four areas of: health and wellbeing, nutrition and oral health, physical activity, and emotional and mental wellbeing. Settings are required to provide evidence that shows how they are helping to tackle health inequalities and enabling families to have a better health outcome. A panel of health professionals evaluate submitted evidence, and the setting is graded with their achieved level of accreditation. Levels of accreditation range from bronze to platinum, with the setting receiving a framed certificate of award, and finally an engraved plaque for achieving platinum. The accreditation not only highlights areas for improvement but allows providers to showcase the great work they are doing in the local area. Three of our settings have now reached the stage of accreditation and were recently presented with their certificates by Cllr Natasa Pantelic and Cllr Christine Hulme. Debbie Haden, local childminder and owner of Debbies Dinkies, said: “We've thoroughly enjoyed making progress through the kitemark accreditation, it has made us more aware of how important and beneficial health and wellbeing is for Early Years children. Which also enables the children to make the best possible start in life.” Aakanksha H Gushani, nursery manager at Bright World Nursery, said: “At Bright World Nursery, we are committed to contributing towards healthy outcomes for young children. We are excited to have achieved our gold award, and to be able to showcase the quality of our provision. This initiative has helped us to promote and establish the best health improvement messages and practices for our children and families.” Lin Meade, Early Years Professional, Monksfield Way Children’s Centre, said: “Taking part in the kitemark has been a rewarding experience for the whole team. It has helped us to recognise the support we as Children’s Centres already give to the families that use our services, as well as identifying areas we can further develop. We look forward to continuing to improve the health and wellbeing outcomes of each child and family that we come into contact with.” Councillor Natasa Pantelic, cabinet member for social care and public health, said: “We're delighted to be presenting these awards today, and would like to thank all the providers for their continued hard work. It’s been a pleasure meeting the children and staff of these three wonderful settings. We hope other settings will continue to sign up for this accreditation.” Councillor Christine Hulme, cabinet member for children’s services, lifelong learning & skills, said: “We are so proud of our early year’s workforce in Slough and these kitemark awards continue to allow our practitioners, childminders, nursery staff and teachers to give the best start to our youngest residents.”
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 26 days ago
    There is no weekend closure. The eastbound entry slip road at junction 5, Langley, is closed overnight between 9pm and 6am the following morning tonight Monday, 27 September, Tuesday 28, Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September. Both carriageways are closed from 9pm on Thursday 30 September between junctions 5, Langley, and 4b, the M25, until 6am the following morning. All closures for Highways England smart motorway project.
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 26 days ago
    The opening hours at Chalvey HWRC will change to the winter times from Friday 1 October. Opening times will be from 9am to 5pm each day and closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day. Last entry is 15 minutes before closing time. For more information, what items can be accepted, and opening times and guidance on commercial waste, visit - https://www.slough.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/household-waste-recycling-centres
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  • The list of planning applications submitted and decided upon in the last week, can all be found here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 29 days ago
    Day 5 of #RecycleWeek 2021. Shops are now accepting more and more product packaging not commonly accepted in red recycling bins, for it to be recycled. Tesco and Co-op stores are able to accept soft plastics such as those which cover bread and rolls, frozen food bags, crisps and salad packaging. Boots UK and Superdrug accept plastic empty make-up containers. Batteries and small electronic items can also be recycled at specific electronic stores. To look up which shops and stores accept certain recyclable materials, as well as on street recycling units, visit - https://www.recyclenow.com/local-recycling
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  • There are a number of roles available at Slough Children First and the council's housing maintenance and repairs partners, Osborne Property Services, which require candidates. Take a look here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • A homeowner who built a first-floor extension without permission has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates for planning breaches. Terence Hunt had the large extension to the dormer bungalow built and the council’s planning department advised it breached planning control and it was unlikely to receive planning permission. He was also advised the extension should either be completely removed and the property be reverted back to being lawful, or an attempt be made to gain planning permission retrospectively. A planning application for the work in Iona Crescent, Cippenham, was submitted and refused in September 2018. The planning decision report stated: “The proposed development, by reason of the siting, size, design and bulk is considered to be visually intrusive and over dominant, out of keeping with the original dwelling and the immediately adjoining dwellings which would be detrimental to the character and visual amenities of the surrounding area.” A planning enforcement notice under section 171A of The Town and Country Planning Act 1990 was served the following month when no attempt was made to remove the extension. It required Mr Hunt to fully demolish the unauthorised extension, reinstate the house as it was previously and remove all the materials, rubbish and machinery to comply with the planning enforcement notice within three months. However, Mr Hunt appealed against the planning enforcement notice to the Planning Inspectorate which was dismissed and the enforcement notice upheld. The judgement required the enforcement notice to be complied with by May 2020. A visit in September 2020 revealed the notice had not been complied with and legal proceedings began. Mr Hunt appeared before Justices of the Peace at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday 27 August and admitted two counts of failing to comply with the planning enforcement notice contrary to Section 179(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. He was fined £6,000, ordered to pay costs of £1,535 towards the council prosecution, and a victim surcharge of £190. In their sentencing remarks the magistrates said: “The council has spent lots of hours on this case and lots of warnings on an extension that shouldn’t be there. “It’s your fault that this case is here, so you will pay the costs.” Mr Hunt in mitigation said he accepted his failure to adhere to the planning authority’s instructions and advice regarding the first-floor rear extension citing financial constraints. He added he would work with the council to ensure the building is compliant. Cllr Pavitar K. Mann, cabinet member for housing, highways, planning and place, said: “Repeated evasion of planning permissions and enforcement notices does not mean an unlawful development will be allowed to stay. “This has cost the resident dear and council staff will continue to monitor what is being developed in the borough. “The council relies on information on potential planning breaches coming from residents and urges residents to contact us if they suspect a breach has occurred.” The homeowner is still required to comply with the statutory notice to demolish the unauthorised extension and failure to do so could result in further prosecution proceedings.
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    The council provides green bins on an 'opt in' basis where garden waste can be deposited and collected from homes every fortnight. This is turned into high quality compost. Garden excess can also be taken to Chalvey HWRC. For more information and to apply for a green bin, visit - https://www.slough.gov.uk/household-waste-collection/garden-waste Compost can be created at home with a compost bin where some of household waste like vacuum contents, fire ash and paper can be mixed with food waste like tea bags, coffee grounds, fruit and vegetable peelings. For more information about home composting visit - https://www.slough.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/home-composting
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    It's day 3 of #RecycleWeek 2021 Almost a third of textiles end up in the bin in the UK. Reusing older clothes by upcycling them, or turning them into other usable items, as well as buying fewer items or ones which will last longer, are all ways to reduce waste. For more ideas visit -https://www.loveyourclothes.org.uk/ Items which have had their day can be taken to Chalvey HWRC and placed in the recycling containers, or the ones which are located around the borough which can be found here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/bins-waste.../recycle-bring-banks There is also a collect from the doorstep service on a Monday by the council's partner TRAID. Contact TRAID on 0208 733 2580 (select option 1) to book a free collection or visit https://www.traid.org.uk/clothes.../book-a-collection/ More information here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/bins-waste.../clothing-collections
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  • Day two of #RecycleWeek 2021. Some items can be taken to Chalvey HWRC to be recycled even if they do not belong in the household red recycling bins. There are recycling bins at Chalvey HWRC where other items can be placed and will be recycled. This includes batteries, wood, foil and textiles. The cartons bin can also now accept Pringle style containers which have metal ends. The full list of items is here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/bins-waste-recycling/household-waste-recycling-centres/4
  • Each day there will be helpful tips on how and what to recycle in the borough. Recycling begins at home. Each household has a red bin specifically to place specified items in for recycling. They are - *Clean cardboard food boxes and egg cartons, toilet or kitchen rolls *Drink cans and food tins -please rinse *Glass jars and bottles - no lids *Paper, magazines, newspapers, catalogues and phone directories. *Plastic drinks, shampoo, washing up liquid bottles, all clear and colour plastic bottles - remove lids and pump dispensers Each is then separated for recycling. Everything else goes into the black waste bin. Even that is recycled into electricity after being incinerated at Lakeside energy from waste site in Colnbrook. For a more detailed list of what goes into the red recycling and black waste bins bin visit - https://www.slough.gov.uk/household.../what-goes-in-bins/2
  • Both carriageways of the M4 motorway between junctions 6, Slough, and 8/9, Maidenhead, are closed from 8pm on Friday 24 September and 6am Monday 27 September. Both carriageways are closed between junctions 5, Langley, and 6, Slough, tonight Monday 20 September from 9pm and reopens at 6am the following morning. The westbound carriageway between junctions 5, Langley, and 6, Slough, is closed overnight from 9pm on Tuesday 21 September and 6am the next morning. The eastbound entry slip road at junction 5, Langley, is closed overnight on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 September, between 9pm and 6am the next morning. All closures for Highways England smart motorway work.
  • The latest planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon, can all be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police and Slough Trading Standards, an estate agent has been jailed for three years for defrauding his clients of more than £182,000 in Slough. Lee Clarke, aged 42, of Park Corner, Windsor, was jailed for three years at Reading Magistrates’ Court today (17/9). Clarke has also been disqualified from being a Director of any company for six years. Principal Trading Standards Officer for Slough Borough Council, Peter Adshead said: “This has been a complex and lengthy investigation where many Slough residents were victims of this man and the agency. “The evidence was meticulously collected by the Trading Standards team and handed over to the police to assist with a successful prosecution. Cooperation with the police continued throughout the investigation. “We hope this sentence will remind business owners that failure to comply with legislation will be investigated and brought before the courts where necessary. Landlords and tenants expect their money to be legally protected and monies handed over promptly.” Visit Thames Valley Police here for more - https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/news/thames-valley/news/2021/september/13-09-2021/estate-agent-jailed-for-defrauding-his-clients-of-more-than-182000---slough/
  • The council is thrilled to be chosen as one of the Arts Council's priority places for the next three years. It will help bring opportunities for local artists and the community - https://www.slough.gov.uk/news/article/120/slough-chosen-as-arts-council-priority-place- You can look at the Arts Council Delivery Plan in more detail at https://www.artscouncil.org.uk/sites/default/files/download-file/Arts%20Council%20England_Delivery%20Plan_21-24.pdf
  • There are a number of roles available at Slough Children First and housing maintenance partners Osborne Property Service. All here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • Everyday digital skills classes are among those available in our adult learning programme. There are classes for job seekers, people learning the basics, skills for Android users and iPad users & much more. Find out more at https://www.slough.gov.uk/community-learning-skills/enrol-course
  • Both carriageways of the M4 will be closed between junctions 5, Langley and 6, Slough, from 8pm on Friday 17 September until 6am Monday 20 September. Both carriageways between junctions 8/9, Maidenhead, and 6, Slough, will be closed from 9pm on Tuesday 14, Wednesday 15 and Thursday 16 September, until 6am the next morning. The eastbound carriageway will be closed between the same junctions and times on Monday 13 September.
  • The weekly list of the planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon, can be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • Work places can be a safe haven for someone suffering domestic abuse. Employers can learn how to spot the signs and help. Free seminar available - sign up here - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/how-domestic-abuse-effects-the-workplace-and-how-businesses-can-help-tickets-170011132875
  • The council is set to discuss the future of some care services at the next Scrutiny Panel on Monday (13 September) with Cabinet making the final decision on 20 September. A public consultation was held with service users and the recommendations include closing the following services currently operated by the council: • Lavender Court • Respond (short-term breaks service) • Priors Day Service • Phoenix Day Service • The Pines Day Service. Instead of the day centres, residential service and respite service, the council will be looking at other ways to meet resident’s needs. These may include accessing activities or services run by other providers including local community groups and charities, using personal assistants, using direct payments, or accessing other support networks. This decision affects 107 residents registered to use the services. This recommendation follows a public consultation which ran from Monday 5 July through to Friday 6 August and asked people with an interest to share their views. Residents were supported in taking part in this consultation with three on-line surveys, and a consultation webpage. Easy read surveys were circulated alongside information about the consultation, to people who use the services. Telephone calls were also made at different stages during the consultation period to all customers and focus groups were established which were supported by advocacy. Currently the council has significant financial challenges. This process has been undertaken to ensure available resources are used in the most efficient and effective way to meet the needs of the most vulnerable people within our community. Alan Sinclair, executive director of people (adults), said: “These recommended changes will allow us to offer a more personalised service based on the individual resident’s needs. We understand that this proposal will bring change for people who use these services and their families. Each person who uses these services will benefit from a re-assessment of their needs and will be supported with their own new individual plan. As well as saving over a million pounds of taxpayer’s money, this will allow more flexible and tailored support for people.”
  • There are a number of roles available in schools and with partners Slough Children First and Osborne Property Services Ltd which can be viewed here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    The council has published proposals on how to eliminate the borough’s contribution to climate change and how to achieve it over the next 20 years. The Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan is a draft document which sets out how the borough can address sources of carbon emissions. This includes how buildings in the borough can become more energy efficient and how to address car dependency among other issues. The proposals also include how Slough will adapt to the risks of climate change, such as extreme heat and flooding. The strategy and action plan has been developed with the support of the sustainability consultancy, Anthesis Ltd, and as part of its development the council has held a series of workshops engaging with stakeholders from the built environment, transport, waste, natural environments, residents, community groups, youth groups, public services and the private sector. The plans are to tackle five key areas including what the council and other stakeholders in the borough can do and focuses on following: • reducing emissions from our estate and operations • reducing energy consumption and emissions by promoting energy efficiency measures, sustainable construction, renewable energy sources, and behaviour change • reducing emissions from transport by promoting sustainable transport, reducing car travel and traffic congestion, and encouraging behaviour change • reducing consumption of resources, increasing recycling and reducing waste • supporting council services, residents and businesses to adapt to the impacts of climate change. The council has set a target of borough-wide carbon neutrality by 2040, with an ambitious stretch target of 2030. This was outlined in Slough’s Climate Change strategy vision in June 2021. This target complies with the UK’s national target of net zero emissions by 2050 and a reduction of 78% of emissions by 2035 relative to 1990. Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for sustainable transport and the environment, said: “This is the chance for residents to comment on what is a complex analysis of a hugely important issue for us all. “I hope people will take the opportunity to help map out our future direction.” For more information and to comment on the plan before the end of the month, visit https://www.slough.gov.uk/strategies-plans-policies/climate-change/2
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    A closer relationship with bus operators is expected to lead to a better bus network for the borough. The council is developing a bus service improvement plan as part of Slough’s response to the government’s new national bus strategy, which aims to create plans to improve bus services and journeys. The plan will create better relationships with bus providers to enable improvements to the network including those based on resident input. In addition, there is the opportunity to bid for a slice of £3bn in funding from the government for improvements, which could include measures to support lower fares, more priority for buses and better passenger information. To assist in creating the improvement plan the council is looking for the views of passengers who already use the bus network in the borough AND from people who do not, to understand the reasons why. The survey is applicable to all ages and in particular, the council would like to hear from younger people. The council is also consulting with businesses and other stakeholders in the town. Questions for current Slough passengers include how many days buses are used and when, the reason for travel, and whether bus journeys are reliable, clean and affordable. Questions for non-users include what prevents them from using buses such as safety concerns, convenience and cost, and what other forms of transport they prefer. Importantly, the survey aims to understand what would make people use the borough’s buses more often. Cllr Rob Anderson, cabinet member for sustainable transport and the environment, said: “This is a great opportunity to understand the bus transport needs and views of residents in the borough in a bid to make improvements. “As a result, when submitting bids to the government for funds, the council will be prioritising measures based on what residents have requested. “Buses could not only become a more affordable transport choice but one which will also contribute to better air quality in the borough which will be good for everyone.” Any successful funding bid from the government would only be permitted to be spent on specified bus projects. The survey is only about buses in the borough and not for residents who use buses in neighbouring boroughs or London. The survey which is different for bus and non-users, and takes just a few minutes to complete, can be found here - https://slough.citizenspace.com/transport/slough-bus-service-improvement-plan/ The survey is live until midnight on Sunday 26 September 2021. Ends
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  • There have been recent reports of distraction burglaries in the borough and we are reminding residents of some simple tips of how to protect themselves and their property. *If you are not expecting a workman be extremely cautious *Expect ID cards to be presented *Call the organisation stated if an ID is presented. A genuine caller will not mind or hurry a householder *Try and find the number for the organisation independently of any information on the ID card *Close the door when making the call *Organisations like "the water board" or "the gas board" do not exist *Ask for information about specifics like your account number if you are unsure of the caller We are also urging families with vulnerable relatives to talk to them about how to deal with unexpected callers so they are better prepared. Any suspicious callers should be reported to Thames Valley Police on the non-emergency 101 number or via the website https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/ro/report/ocr/af/how-to-report-a-crime/
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    The westbound carriageway of the M4 is closed between junctions 6, Slough, and 8/9, Maidenhead, from 9pm on Monday 6 and Tuesday 7 September, until 6am the following morning. Both carriageways will be closed between the same junctions and times on Wednesday 8 and Thursday 9 September. The full weekend closure is further eastbound between junctions 4b, the M25 and 3 Hayes. All work is part of the Highways England smart motorway project.
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  • The planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon in the past week, can all be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists

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