"It is never our fault" is the rallying cry of Slough's Labour Councillors.
"It is the governments fault" is the moan coming from their benches whenever challenged on local or national issues.
Problems such as the overcrowding in Cippenham Green are always blamed on the Conservative/BILLD administration. Oddly, whilst people like Cllr Swindlehurst and his colleagues claim to object to the high density housing in Cippenham they have been cheerfully creating extra housing such as the Kings Park.
The messages coming from Cippenham Labour councillors are confused. They say one thing and do another. Labour have been in control of the council for the past three years and for a good number of years before 2004, so to keep blaming the Conservative/BILLD administration is ludicrous.
I have walked the streets of Cippenham Green, seen and spoken to the residents for myself and agree with Mike Rafter; Cippenham Green is turning into a third world country. The overwhelming concern is the lack of communication between residents and councillors over what happens in their area.
It does not matter what objections residents have raised about their environment. Labour will do exactly what they want, when they want.
I, personally, know people who are very upset about the Kings Park estate; they asked to see Cllr Swindlehurst but never received so much as a phone call from him. Cllr Swindlehurst has been on the planning committee for a number of years so should know what was going on.
Over the year 2009/10
It is time for a change and time to stop the rot. Local action and engagement is what's required. We must stand-up for our communities, local democracy and local determinism.