• A landlord has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates after a bedroom fire revealed tenants were living in unsafe housing conditions. Eight people were believed to be living in the four-bedroomed semi-detached house where each room had been turned into a bedroom, after firefighters were dispatched to a blaze at the property. The electrical fire caused serious damage to the box room as well as other areas of the house, and the council’s housing regulation officers were called in to investigate the living conditions. An emergency prohibition order was issued preventing anyone living in the property until the safety issues had been rectified. The investigation revealed there were inadequate fire safety measures in the house including no fire alarms as well as the lack of physical protection like fire doors. There was also the lack of safety features like a handrail leading to the attic room and no safety certification of the gas and electricity systems. It was deemed a House of Multiple Occupation, or HMO, which was not registered with the council and the landlord did not have any of the legally required licences. Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service were called to Uxbridge Road, Wexham, in the early hours of 8 October last year, after a fire in one of the first-floor bedrooms. The investigation revealed six rooms were occupied with a combination of bedding, blankets or sleeping bags as well as suitcases or personal effects. Landlord Nadeem Khan, 40, admitted five offences under the Housing Act 2004 during an appearance at Reading Magistrates’ Court on Friday 25 June. Mr Khan told the two magistrates he had borrowed money to rectify all the issues and had taken on the property as an HMO and was unable to evict non paying tenants due to coronavirus regulations. The council brought in the landlord licences in July 2019 to improve the quality of accommodation in the borough and making properties safer for tenants. Councillor Balvinder Bains, cabinet member for regulation and public protection, said: “This could have had a very different outcome. A fire in the middle of the night with no fire alarms could have resulted in much more serious consequences. “The reason there are landlord licences is to raise the quality of privately rented homes so tenants are in a compliant environment.” Mr Khan, of Warwick Avenue, was fined a total of £900 and ordered to pay £3,000 costs and £90 victim surcharge.
  • The council's Licensing Team is consulting on the statutory three yearly review of the council’s Gambling Act 2005 Statement of Principles. The policy document sets out how the council will carry out its responsibilities for regulating bingo clubs, adult gaming centres, betting premises and gaming machines. The consultation and how to respond is here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/licences-permits/gambling-act-2005-statement-principles
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 2 days ago
    Both carriageways will be closed between junctions 6, Slough, and 8/9, Maidenhead, overnight on Friday 30 and Saturday 31 July and Sunday 1 August. All overnight closures are from from 9pm until 6am the following morning. The eastbound carriageway between junctions 6, Slough, and 5 Langley, will be closed overnight on Monday 25, Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 July. The eastbound carriageway between junction 8/9, Maidenhead, and 6, Slough, overnight on Thursday 29 July. The westbound entry slip road is also closed overnight at junction 6, Slough, on Thursday 29 July.
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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
  • There are a number of roles in schools and at Slough Children First available. Take a look here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 5 days ago
    Highways England has suspended the closure of the M4 this weekend. The motorway between junctions 6, Slough, and 8/9 Maidenhead, will now be OPEN. The planned closure of the eastbound carriageway between junctions 6, Slough, and 5, Langley, between 9pm tonight and 6am the tomorrow morning, remains in place.
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 7 days ago
    Buoys placed at the side of the Jubilee River can save lives - but not if they have been vandalised. Patrols along the riverside yesterday as temperatures soared revealed some of the buoys had been tampered with and some had been removed and thrown into bushes. This includes the buoy placed on the bridge where 20-year-old Michael Scaife died. Next to the buoy is a plaque dedicated to the Langley young man who died of cold water shock on a hot day like this. These simple devices have the ability to keep someone in trouble in the river alive. The weather is set to remain hot this week. The water is freezing and can kill the first time someone jumps in.
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  • Tragically several people have died in waterways across the country during the searing heat over the last few days. The sunshine and high temperatures are set to continue with the Met Office issuing it's first hot weather warning. The Jubilee River is very deep and very cold. Three young men drowned in the Jubilee River in weather just like this. Open water is not the place to cool off. Advice around health and hot weather can be found here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/crime-safety/severe-weather/4
  • Both carriageways of the M4 will be closed between junctions 6, Slough, and 8/9, Maidenhead, from 8pm on Friday 23 July until 6am on Monday 26 July. The eastbound carriageway between junctions 6, Slough, and 5, Langley, is closed between 9pm and 6am the following morning on Monday 19, Tuesday 20, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22.
  • This week's covid vaccination sessions - please leave 8 weeks in between doses. Further updates will be at www.slough.gov.uk/coronavirus/covid-vaccinations
  • A list of planning applications submitted and decided upon in the past week can all be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 12 days ago
    School's out for summer! 🎓 And the weather is getting hotter ☀🌡this weekend. Open bodies of water may appear tempting to cool off. They are not. Jumping into the Jubilee River can lead to cold water shock where gasping for breath can quickly cause someone to drown. There are also fast flowing undercurrents especially near the tranquil looking weir. Don't let this be a last breath ⤵
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 14 days ago
    The Boundary Commission for England is conducting a review of Parliamentary boundaries and are consulting on their initial proposals. This includes moving the Foxborough and Langley Kedermister wards from the Slough parliamentary constituency to the Windsor parliamentary constituency. View more details and have your say on the proposals at https://boundarycommissionforengland.independent.gov.uk/2023-review/ - the deadline for comments is 2 August.
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  • Both carriageways of the M4 between junctions 6, Slough, and 8/9 Maidenhead will be closed from 9pm until 6am the following morning tonight Monday 12 July and on Tuesday 13 July. Both carriageways of the M4 will be closed between junctions 5, Langley, and 6, Slough, from 9pm on Wednesday 14 July until 6am the following morning. The eastbound carriageway will be closed from 9pm on Thursday 15 until 4am the following morning between 6, Slough and 8/9 Maidenhead. The eastbound entry slip road at junction 6, Slough, will be closed from 9pm on Friday 16 July until 6am the following morning. Full weekend closure is a bit further afield between junctions 4b, M25 and 3, Hayes (with incorporated the junction to the Heathrow spur road) from 8pm Friday 16 July and 6am Monday 19 July.
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 14 days ago
    The number of accessible parking spaces is set to increase as improvements are about to begin this week on the northern forecourt of Slough train station. There are currently just two accessible spaces beyond the northern entrance to the town centre station which will be increased to 21 with another 27 larger bays for motorists who need more room to get out of their vehicles. The length of Railway Terrace will be subject to improvements as part of a £2.5 million project. The road will also be improved for train passengers on foot and who arrive at the station by bicycle or taxi. The funding was secured by the council’s major infrastructure projects team and has been granted by Thames Valley Berkshire Local Enterprise Partnership. The particulars of the work has been agreed with partners Network Rail and GWR. Starting this week, the work is set to take place until the New Year. The changes include a number of on street parking spaces and two drop off zones and one for accessible vehicles. Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for sustainable transport and the environment, said: “The improvements to Slough station’s northern forecourt are part of our plans to improve the experience for people using sustainable transport and will also be good for those needing accessible spaces. “There is access straight to the ticket area and the London bound platform. “Immediately next to the station will be a shared space area aimed at making it a more pleasant area for pedestrians and cyclists. “The work will include planting and landscaping, street lighting, a new retaining wall along Railway Terrace, and revisions to the existing surface water drainage network. “This will bring the Station approach on the northern side up to a standard comparable to the southern side and help spread the load to hopefully encourage even more people to use the train.” The accessible spaces will be free to use for blue badge holders and larger spaces will incur parking charges. The council apologises for any inconvenience caused throughout the duration of the works and additional parking is available opposite Railway Terrance at the former TVU site. Parking charges will still apply. Pic shows south side of the station
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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
  • Our electoral services team has sent out emails this week asking people to respond to the annual canvass. Each year we are required by law to ask households if there are any changes to who is eligible to be registered to vote at their address. Forms will be sent to households in August. The email displayed below is genuine. More details about the canvass are available at www.slough.gov.uk/electoral-register/register-vote/4
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 20 days ago
    Due to the England football team reaching the final of the UEFA EURO 2020 final to be played at Wembley Stadium on Sunday evening, Highways England is changing the timing of the weekend closures. Both carriageways of the M4 between junctions 7, Slough west, and 6, Slough, will now be closed from 8pm on Friday 9 July and reopen at 6am on Sunday 11 July.
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  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 18 days ago
    Summer Citizen - the edition is now online at https://citizen.slough.gov.uk - see our councillor gallery, info on the Urban Forest project, what's on in the community, info for carers, parents and children, and much more.
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  • Covid vaccination drop-in sessions this week. You must live or work in Slough and leave 8 weeks between doses, or risk being turned away. Further updates at www.slough.gov.uk/coronavirus/surge-testing/3
  • ***Date for the diary*** Job Fairs Ltd is holding a public event on Wednesday 18 August from 10am to 1pm at The Copthorne Hotel., Cippenham Lane. Book a stall or plan to look for another role. For further details about the event click here: https://www.thejobfairs.co.uk/network/jobseeker/event-guides/slough
  • Both carriageways of the M4 will be closed between junctions 7, Slough west, and 6, Slough, from 8pm on Friday 9 July until 6am on Monday 12 July. Both carriageways of the M4 will be closed between junctions 6, Slough, and 5, Langley, between 9pm until 6am the following morning on Monday 5, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8. The eastbound entry slip road will also be closed on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 from 9pm until 6am the following mornings. Closures are for Highways England Smart motorway project.
  • The planning applications which have been decided upon and submitted in the past week - can all be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 23 days ago
    Today (2 July), Slough Borough Council has announced it will be pausing non-essential spending, in response to a report by the Director of Finance into the state of the council’s finances, known as a Section 114 Notice. In addition, the council has formally notified the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) of the Section 114 Notice and will be seeking financial support from the Ministry. The move follows months of action by the council to gain a full understanding of, and begin to tackle, the financial challenges it is facing, and detailed discussions on moves to match council resources with demand for services. Josie Wragg, chief executive said: “Residents should be reassured this notice does not mean any immediate change to services; we will still be collecting your bins next week, safeguarding the most vulnerable in our town, maintaining the roads and supporting schools, to list just some of the services we know are important to you. “Slough’s financial problems result from a range of challenging financial issues that have grown in scale over a number of years, and as a new team we are committed to changing the way the council operates to match our resources. “The section 114 notice is one step in what has been, and will continue to be, an on-going programme of improvement to our financial footing, which began with our new financial and executive management team.” Over the past year, Slough Borough Council has dedicated substantial resources, including management time, to mitigating the worst effects of the COVID-19 pandemic including a compassionate approach to council tax and business rate collection. Over the coming months the council will be taking action to improve the current financial situation including reviewing land and other assets – including those outside the borough – and changes to internal structures and staffing levels. The council is also looking closely at senior grades and how services can be more efficient and provide better value for money. Josie Wragg added: “There is no quick fix. This will be a long process. We were on the wrong path financially, but we are committed to making the changes needed and as officers, working with the political leadership and government to reduce disruption as much as is possible.” The Director of Finance, Steven Mair – who is responsible for the council’s finances – today wrote to all councillors advising them of the Section 114 notice and the formal steps now required. The formal steps outlined in the procedure are: • a letter from the Section 151 officer (the Director of Finance) to all councillors advising them of the Section 114 notice • a response from the Chief Executive • a council meeting to be held within three weeks (July 22) to discuss the notice, response and actions being taken to meet the financial challenges. Councillor James Swindlehurst, leader of the council, said: “The process of repairing council finances continues and our commitment to the provision of essential services remains unchanged: bins will still be collected, potholes still filled, care still provided to our most vulnerable. “We have had a team forensically scouring our financial statements and processes. To back up the commitment to better financial management, at the May council meeting, I took on the portfolio as part of cabinet and involved all the lead members in discussions to secure our financial future. “Some of the issues being found go back several years, but this cabinet, appointed in May, will make the decisions required and put the council on a sustainable footing. “The journey we have been undertaking with the transformation and restructure has helped us identify priorities for our communities and concentrate on what is required for Slough residents, businesses and the town as a whole. “We will continue to engage all residents and other stakeholders in the ongoing improvements to our council finances.”
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  • Current vacancies, including in the borough's schools and with Slough Children First , can be viewed here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/general-vacancies
  • Chalvey families are invited to join in with our Chalvey Can programme. There are still some slots available for our summer timetable, so get in touch to book soon. The sessions available are: Monday - Tennis 3.30-4.40pm ( 2 spaces left) & 4.30-5.30pm (1 space left) Strength & Stretch 5.30-6.00pm (3 spaces left) Tuesday – Football 5.00-6.00pm (2 spaces) & 6.00-7.00pm (1 spaces left) Wednesday – Tennis 6.00-7.00pm (Full) & 7.00-8.00pm (2 spaces left) Thursday – Pilates 09.30-10.30 (15 spaces available) Friday – Bootcamp 4.30-5.30pm (3 spaces left) Saturday – Football 10.00-11.00am (2 spaces left) & 11.00am-12.00 noon (2 spaces left). Have a look at https://www.slough.gov.uk/chalveycan
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 27 days ago
    Yoyo the sniffer dog found hundreds of packets of illegal, smuggled or counterfeit tobacco hidden in the ceiling of a shop toilet during a visit to Slough shops. The spaniel was part of the team which was commissioned by the council’s trading standards and licensing teams to investigate six stores in the borough. Each had been highlighted as a possible store of concern for selling the illegal tobacco. Yoyo, who works with BWY Canine, was employed with a handler to sniff around six shops, finding illegal hauls in two. In one, 1,000 packets were found in a secret compartment discovered in a toilet ceiling and in the other shop 400 hidden packets were discovered. The tobacco included illegal cigarettes, hand rolling and smokeless tobacco. No duty would have been paid on any of the packets, which would be sold cheaply at the shops. Offences committed when selling illegal tobacco products falls under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 and Standardised Packaging of Tobacco Regulations 2015. This is due to the lack of plain packaging with non-English or non-statutory health warnings, or the lack of pictorial statutory warnings. In addition, counterfeit tobacco products can be illegal under the Trade Marks Act 1994. Dean Cooke, the council’s principal trading standards officer, said: “It was vitally important to carry out this enforcement work, after many months of restrictions due to the pandemic. “We thank the traders which are still complying with tobacco control legislation and we continue to support them by working to eliminate any unfair competition from businesses that are flouting the law. “Any intelligence available about non-compliant businesses is very gratefully appreciated by Trading Standards, and please continue to report these contraventions.” Councillor Balvinder Bains, cabinet member for regulation and public protection, said: “Selling cheap and potentially dangerous tobacco products is wrong. “Not only can they cause more problems for those using the tobacco, but such shops are not competing in a level market in the borough, putting other law-abiding shops at a disadvantage.” Cases are in the process of being prepared for appropriate enforcement action against the two premises.
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  • Last chance! The Colnbrook with Poyle survey asking what you would like to see in the area closes tomorrow (Friday). Gives us your thoughts at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Colnbrook
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 27 days ago
    Here are some details on this week's drop-in vaccination sessions for people who live and work in Slough. Please leave 8 weeks between first and second doses. Further sessions will be added to https://www.slough.gov.uk/coronavirus/surge-testing/3 when they become available.
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  • Apply now! Businesses need to get their funding applications in by tomorrow. Visit https://slough.gov.uk/business-rates/coronavirus-and-business-rates/3 to see the full eligibility criteria and an application form.
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    Both carriageways of the M4 will be closed between junction 5, Langley, and 4b, the M25, from 8pm on Friday 2 July until 6am on Monday 5 July. The westbound carriageway between junctions 5, Langley, and 6 Slough, and the eastbound carriageway between 5, Langley, and 4b, the M25, will be closed from 9pm on Monday 28 and Tuesday 29 June until 6am the following mornings. The eastbound entry slip road at junction 6, Slough, will be closed from 9pm on Wednesday 30 June, Thursday 1 July and Friday 2 July until 6am the following mornings. All work for Highways England Smart motorway project.
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  • 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
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    Thank you to the four volunteers from the Slough Anti-Litter Society and to Cllr Grewal and Cllr Bains for taking part in a clean up at Lascelles park yesterday. They collected 16 bags of rubbish, making the park nicer for everyone. We appreciate your efforts!
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  • @BerkshireGrowthHub is running a second #PeerNetworks programme for #buiness #leaders in #Berkshire. If you missed the first programme, this is your chance to join other #businesses to discuss challenges & build a support network. Find out more & register your interest: https://bit.ly/3gJd2QX
  • There are roles at Slough Children's First and local schools which can be viewed here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/council-jobs
  • School holidays can be particularly difficult for some families because of increased costs, such as food and childcare, and reduced incomes. The length of the summer holidays can cause more complexities for some families. This summer, free holiday clubs will be available to help with this issue. Evidence suggests they can have a positive impact on children and young people, and they work best when they provide consistent and easily accessible activities, for more than just breakfast or lunch, and when they involve children (and parents) in food preparation. The theme for the holiday clubs is Summer 4-4-4, eligible children across the borough can access four-hour sessions, four days a week, for four weeks at no cost to parents/guardians (children are eligible if they receive a free school meal). This programme is funded by the Department for Education. The holiday clubs are also available to any children not eligible for free school meals, who can pay to attend. Slough Borough Council is working with a range of providers (private, voluntary, independent, and charities) to offer places where children will be able to eat more healthily over the school holidays; be more active and be safe and have fun. Our providers for the summer programme are: Get Active, Art Classes, Slough Music Service, Antz Kidz, Kidz Enterprise Ltd, Arc Pre holiday programme, TreeTops Holiday Clubs team, Sports Collective, Aik Saath, and Fit for Sports. See our webpage for activities offered by each provider as this information is being updated daily: https://www.slough.gov.uk/HAF Michael Jarrett, Associate Director, Children and Families, said: “The past year has been difficult for families, with many people’s employment affected by the pandemic. Slough children have not been able to participate in as full a range of fun activities outside of their homes. The council and voluntary organisation partners are organising a variety of sessions, including healthy food and activities over the summer through the Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) Programme. Summer 4-4-4 is free for children who receive benefits-related free school meals. Eligible children can choose to attend a range of activities in different venues across the town and places are also available for paying parents too!” Councillor Christine Hulme, lead member for children’s services, lifelong learning and skills, said: “There are some great activities available across lots of different holiday clubs this summer depending on your child’s interests, with Summer 4-4-4 which is free for children who receive benefits-related free school meals. There is something for everyone from Aik Saath who will be teaching young people how to cook with their friends to Fit for Sports, all providing a healthy meal and lots of fun for children. “The past year and throughout the pandemic have been a challenge for a lot of families in the borough and we hope that through the Summer Holiday Activities and Food programme cost will stop being a barrier to eating well and having fun. Of course, children who aren’t entitled to free school meals can pay to attend and join in the exciting activities offered.” For more information visit: https://www.slough.gov.uk/HAF or please call Slough Family Information Service on 01753 476589.
  • A famous face will help launch this year’s Summer Reading Challenge in Slough’s libraries. Author and presenter Konnie Huq will be part of a ‘Save the Planet Party’ at The Curve on Saturday 3 July, to launch this year’s challenge. The theme this year is Wild World Heroes, celebrating nature, wildlife and taking care of the environment in partnership with World Wildlife Fund (WWF) Slough libraries are calling for children aged 4-11 to sign up to borrow and read any six library books over the summer as part of the Summer Reading Challenge. Children will explore Wilderville, an exciting town which is suffering from some serious environmental problems. With the help of the Wild World Heroes, there’s plenty of ways to make the town better for the people and animals that live there. Young readers will help Wilderville fix their environmental problems while having lots of fun and exploring nature along the way as they progress through the Summer Reading Challenge. Participating children will receive lots of fantastic prizes such as a bookmark, Frisbee, colouring pencils, joke book, and lots of stickers, including some special smelly stickers. Children who complete all six books will also receive their very own medal and certificate to celebrate their achievements. Councillor Christine Hulme, lead member for children’s services, lifelong learning and skills, said: “Reading opens up a whole world of imagination and exploration. This challenge is a wonderful opportunity for children to read different styles of books and complete activities along the way. “The whole family can get involved and enjoy some quiet reading time together and hopefully fuel a lifelong love of reading. Our libraries staff look forward to welcoming eager readers into our libraries this summer and beyond.” To take part in Wild World Heroes, all children need to do is sign up at their local library in Britwell, Cippenham, Langley or The Curve, where they will be given a collector folder to keep a record of their Summer Reading Challenge journey. Non-members can sign up for a library membership at the same time to get access to a fantastic collection of books in our physical and digital libraries. The challenge, created by The Reading Agency, will be running throughout the summer until Saturday 17 September. There’s a whole programme of events and activities planned at Slough libraries for families over the summer to celebrate the Summer Reading Challenge. Starting with the ‘Save the Planet Party’ with Konnie Huq, there will be a reading from her “Cookie” series, live draw-along, brain-busting quiz and lots of eco-friendly top tips. This will be followed by online author events with our Summer Reading Challenge Ambassadors Saleha Latif, Fiona Barker and Tina Stubbs, for a fun mixture of reading, writing and activities celebrating nature and our beautiful planet. There will also be a Wild World Heroes Club, Gardening Club, Reading Crew and craft sessions alongside our regular programme of events, themed around nature and the environment. Pick up the special Summer Reading Challenge leaflet, contact your local library or go to www.slough.gov.uk/libraries to find out how to take part.
  • There are just a few days left to give your views about what you'd like to see in Colnbrook - the survey is open until 25 June. Complete it at http://surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Colnbrook
  • Both carriageways of the M4 motorway will be closed between junctions 6, Slough, and 5, Langley, from 8pm on Friday 25 June until 6am on Monday 28 June. The eastbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 6 Slough and 8/9, Maidenhead, from 9pm on Tuesday 22 June until 6am the following morning. The westbound carriageway will be closed between junctions 5, Langley, and 6, Slough, from 9pm on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 June, until 6am the following mornings. The eastbound entry slip road at junction 6, Slough, will be closed on Monday 21, Tuesday 22, Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 from 9pm until 6am the following mornings. All closures for Highways England Smart Motorway work.
  • The planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon in the last week can be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • Work can offer a lifeline to people experiencing domestic abuse. Would your business know how to handle such a sensitive disclosure? Hestia can give help and advice and are offering a webinar ⤵️
  • SloughBC @SloughBC Slough updated 1 month ago
    A landlord who fly-tipped the contents of a flat so another tenant could move in has been ordered to pay thousands of pounds by magistrates. Navdeep Sira hired a van and an employee to help with the flat clearance. Whilst he took some of the rubbish to Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre and paid to dispose of some of it, he took the rest to a communal bin area and fly-tipped dozens of full black bin bags. A concerned resident discovered the multiple bags and it was reported to the council’s neighbourhood and enforcement team. Nearby CCTV caught the van Mr Sira had hired and the man he employed for the day unloading the bags and leaving them next to the bins intended for resident use. The van hire was then traced back to Mr Sira. Mr Sira, 39, admitted two offences committed on 9 May 2019 under the Environmental Protection Act 1990 that he knowingly allowed the deposit of controlled waste on land that did not have a permit, and being in charge of a motor vehicle whilst controlled waste was deposited from it. Justices of the Peace sitting at Reading Magistrates’ Court on 4 June this year were told Mr Sira is part owner of Letee Ltd which rents out properties and clears up after a tenant leaves to make it ready for the new tenant. He was requested to clear out the property by the co-owner and rented a van in his name with his own credit card which is registered to his home address. Mr Sira had also employed a man on a cash-in-hand basis to help with the job. After clearing the property and paying £27 for some to be legally disposed of, there was still half the rubbish left. He then drove to a communal bin area in Trawlaney Avenue and the rest was dumped. The court was told although he did not get out of the vehicle or move any of the bags, he took full responsibility for instructing his employee. It was added he had learnt a valuable lesson and the situation would never happen again. Magistrates fined Mr Sira, of The Close, Cippenham, £3,500 and ordered him to pay the council’s full costs of £1903.80 and a victim surcharge of £170. Councillor Balvinder Bains, cabinet member for regulation and public protection, said: “The council will pursue residents and businesses who avoid disposing of their waste in a legal way. “There are additional costs to collecting fly-tipping and then disposing of it when it can easily be taken to Chalvey Household Waste and Recycling Centre. “This is great work by the council’s resilience and enforcement team and for recouping all the costs involved from the defendant.”
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  • Officers are requesting help to identify the driver of a van who was seen in an area where fly-tipping was discovered. A man was captured on CCTV at the crack of dawn near to where a mattress was left in Clarendon Court, Wexham, at 4.47am on Friday 4 June. The man was seen to get behind the wheel of a large plain white transit van and drive away. Unfortunately, the CCTV did not capture the registration plate and the council’s resilience and enforcement team are appealing for assistance from anyone who has employed the man pictured for waste clearance. Residents who employ a man with a van should check online if their credentials are current and make sure they have the relevant waste carrier’s licence as residents can also be prosecuted for fly-tipping. The contractor residents choose to take the waste, should leave them with a receipt detailing the waste and including the information of the contractor and where the waste was taken to. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence which can attract a Fixed Penalty Notice of £200. However, there is the option of a formal prosecution which can result with a maximum fine of £50,000 and more serious offences are dealt with at the Crown Court which has powers to issue an unlimited fine and five years in prison. If you have any information, please email ResilienceandEnforcementTeam@slough.gov.uk.
  • Two hand car washes in Slough have become the first in the country to be accredited in a new government initiative - the Responsible Car Wash Scheme. Waves Car Wash and Pro Touch Valeting applied for accreditation following a visit in May as part of a Home Office funded pilot to test licensing for all hand car washes. Both sites, in Wellington Street, will now display the scheme’s sticker and banner assuring customers they are using a business which has met strict criteria. Businesses have been assessed to make sure its employees receive a fair wage, have the correct planning permissions and insurances, and pay business rates and take environmental precautions. Customers wanting their car cleaned and valeted are being urged to use accredited premises, to have a clear conscience when handing over cash as workers at hand car washes are at risk of exploitation with low wages as well as poor and unhygienic working conditions. Some operate from unsuitable locations which could lead to pollution with discharge ending up in water courses. Twenty hand car washes in the borough were initially visited by staff from the scheme, the council’s trading standards and planning officers and Thames Valley Police in May. Those who applied to be accredited were revisited and officially assessed. Waves Car Wash in the car park of Tesco, Wellington Street, was given the coveted number one accreditation sticker. Akbar Mirza, the director and a franchisee of nationwide company, said: “This scheme is the right thing to be involved in for our workers and our customers.” Joanna Graham, the CEO of the Waves Group, said: “We fully support the scheme and were very keen to gain accreditation as soon as possible. “We are very excited to have the first accredited premises and look forward to it being rolled out nationwide. “We hope this scheme encourages other car washes in the area to ensure they comply with the law and helps customers to make an informed choice about where they get their car cleaned.” Pro Touch Valeting is a purpose-built site where customers sit in their cars and pass along the sections getting their cars cleaned inside and out. Manager Deler Jamal said the site had ensured it had the relevant permissions from the council and had a safe site for customers and staff where a lot of the mechanics of the operation was under the floor. He said: “It shows you can abide by all the rules and have a successful and busy car wash, and we hope more people will be now encouraged to come and use us.” Councillor Balvinder Bains, lead member for regulation and public protection, said: “Slough is the first in the country to have accredited premises which is good and this is set to grow across the country. “Those getting a car wash can now think about where they want to use and take this into consideration. “Slough is leading the way in protecting those who are sometimes in the most vulnerable positions and can be in roles which are exploitative, not a safe workplace and one which can do harm to the environment. “Car washes can now strive to achieve the accreditation and be a beacon of good practice in Slough for the rest of the country.” The council and scheme partnership is offering an initial period of membership for free to encourage those who obey the rules to get on board. In future the cost to the business will be £250. Teresa Sayers, managing director of the Responsible Car Wash Scheme, said: “These accreditations are a landmark in our goal to see car washes across the UK offer a fair wash for all – fair to their workers, their customers and to the environment. “Both of these car washes have proven to be adhering to the code of practice in full and meeting their employment, environmental and premises obligations. Businesses in Slough have been very receptive to the scheme and we have other applications coming through, so I am sure these will be the first of many accreditations.” The hand car wash sector has consistently been identified as an industry where workers are at risk of exploitation ranging from poor working conditions to modern day slavery. Legitimate businesses are often undercut by those breaking the law, creating an unfair competitive landscape. The Responsible Car Wash Scheme is an initiative by the Home Office in conjunction with the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority. Businesses complying with labour, environmental and planning laws will be able to display accreditation indicating they are a trusted provider. The Responsible Car Wash Scheme accreditation requires the operator to meet and abide by the Code of Practice in full. It is • consent to trade and trading standards • financial transparency and corporate governance • providing safe and hygienic working conditions • protecting the environment • compliant and ethical employment practices and prevention of worker exploitation. More information about the scheme is available at – https://rcws.org.uk/ ENDS Pictures show 1 - Waves in the car park of Tesco, Wellington Street, with Slough franchise director Akbar Mirza, Joanna Graham, the CEO of the Waves Group, and Cllr Balvinder Bains 2 – Pro Touch Valeting manager Deler Jamal receiving accreditation by Cllr Balvinder Bains
  • Langley footbridges will be closed to pedestrians from 10pm on Friday 18 June until 4am the following morning. This is for further repair work to be carried out. More information about the work is here - https://www.slough.gov.uk/news/article/80/repairs-to-langley-footbridges-to-begin We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.
  • Both carriageways of the M4 motorway will be closed between junctions 6, Slough, and 5, Langley, from 8pm Friday 18 June until 6am Monday 21 June. The westbound carriageway between the same junctions will also be closed between 9pm and 6am the following morning on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 June. Both carriageways between junction 7, Slough west, and 8/9 Maidenhead, are closed from 9pm Tuesday 15 June until 6am the following morning. The eastbound carriageway between the same junctions is closed on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 June. The closure is for Highways England Smart Motorway project work.
  • The list of the planning applications which have been submitted and decided upon in the past week can be viewed here - http://www2.slough.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/Wchweeklylist.displayPlanningLists
  • Slough Borough Council will be launching covid surge testing on 16 June following an increase in cases in the town. The special testing arrangements, approved by government today (11 June), will offer free covid PCR testing to all residents in three main postcode areas of the town: • SL1 3 • SL2 1 • SL2 5 as well as targeting businesses in the areas and all schools and colleges across the town. Residents in the target areas can expect to have special teams knocking on their doors to explain the surge testing from next Wednesday (16 June) and offering a series of ways to do the PCR tests: • at home • at local mobile testing units • with assistance if required Business will also have tests dropped off for them which they can return to mobile testing unit – or, depending on the size of the business a specific mobile testing unit will be arranged. All schools across the town will have tests delivered with secondary schools asked to test all staff and pupils and primary schools asked to test all staff only; with schools with outbreaks offered a specific mobile testing unit. The mobile testing sites are expected to be at: • The Centre, Farnham Road • JMIC, Stoke Poges Lane • Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Sheehy Way • Ramgarhia Sikh Gurdwara, Woodland Avenue. Exact dates and times are still to be confirmed. Residents in the target areas will also get a postcard through their doors informing them of the surge testing and that council teams will be visiting. It also gives advice on the safety of the visits with teams having strong ID, specific lanyards and being in pairs. Sue Foley, Slough Borough Council’s consultant in public health, said: “Residents in the target areas do not need to do anything differently right now – just be aware we will be visiting soon, knocking on the door to have a chat about the testing. “No one in the area needs to order testing kits as we be providing everything they need and offering specific assistance to anyone who needs it. “Slough’s current case rates are not as high as other areas, but we want to make sure it stays that way in the face of this new Delta variant and our residents are well tested, well informed and well protected.” Slough’s current rate per 100,000 of population across all ages is 73.6 but is substantially higher among the school-age population at 182 for 11-16 year olds, 142 for 17 and 18 year olds and 109 in five-10 year olds. The Delta variant is now dominant in the town. Residents across the borough are encouraged to get their vaccinations as soon as possible – booking first doses or bringing forward second doses if possible. Councillor Natasa Pantelic, lead member for social care and public health, said: “Having a vaccine is the best way to protect yourself from the, potentially, serious consequences of catching coronavirus. “It is obvious from what we are seeing in other parts of the country, the vaccine is protecting people from the Delta variant, meaning if they catch the coronavirus, they are far less likely to require hospitalisation. I encourage everyone to get their vaccine as soon as possible and I am delighted our local health colleagues are beginning to provide drop in vaccination sessions where local people don’t need an appointment.” The first drop-in vaccination session is taking place at Salt Hill Park vaccination centre on Saturday 12 June from 9am to 8pm with both AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccines available. As there are no appointment times, residents are advised to bring a drink and be prepared to wait.
  • Tell us your views! The Colnbrook survey has been extended, so please take some time to answer the questions and set out what you'd like to see in Colnbrook. The survey is open until 25 June. Complete it at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/Colnbrook
  • Both carriageways of the M4 between junctions 5, Langley, and 4b, the M25, will be closed from 8pm on Friday 11 June, until 6am on Monday 14 June. The eastbound entry slip road at junction 6, Slough, will be closed on Monday 7 and Tuesday 8 June from 9pm until 6am the following morning. The eastbound carriageway between junctions 5, Langley, and 6 Slough, and the westbound carriageway between 5, Langley and 7, Slough west, will be closed between 9pm and 6am the following morning on Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 June.