Thanks for taking the time to respond – it always good to hear from residents who share my passion…
James Swindlehurst
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Sorry – I missed the housing point.

We have developed over 980 affordable homes, including the first council housing in over 30 years and we have 190 more council homes planned in the next years.

We also set up our own housing company so we can provide residents with rental homes linked to local incomes and increase the quality of accommodation.

I know people don’t like it when things get political – but our opposition voted against these plans.

On homelessness, we know its an issue, the ripple effect of welfare policies creating massive issues in central London is causing us problems as those authorities place their homeless here, and can outbid us for properties.

That isn’t to say we aren’t doing anything – we opened our first temporary shelter in over 40 years last month and have ended families with children being placed in B&B accommodation.

And, yes, I want the change now, politicians always want things yesterday – but the honest answer is the issues in Slough were not created overnight and they won’t be solved over night, but we are working to solve them.

Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

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