After costing £7.4 million to build - an amazing amount of public cash - on top of £4.4 million spent on consultants and designers to create Slough's Slug (or maggot, if you prefer), Labour has just discovered their new mini-bus station is incapable of keeping bus passengers warm or dry.
Labour forgot to mention the Slug's designer created a very similar 'bus station' design for an airport terminal in the Arabian desert. Cllr James Swindlehurst and his bunch of council officials obviously overlooked the fact that in the Arabian desert it never rains and the temperatures there are significantly higher than in Slough's winter chill.
Ever anxious to waste even more scarce public money, bus passengers will be glad to know Slough's loony Labour council is ready to spend millions more on building a roof over the bus station to keep-out the rain. That is the easy part. The hard part is Labour run Slough Council do not own enough adjoining land to build their cantilever roof.
Once again Cllr James Swindlehurst's projects are burden with confusion, indecision and deficient planning. Can James truly believe this sub-standard shambles is another Swindlehurst triumph ? His dilemma is whether to buy more land, costing millions of scarce public money, or to admit defeat and install cheaper glass boxes by every bus bay for passengers to huddle together in. Whatever remedial action he chooses Cllr James Swindlehurst and his bunch of unimpressive council 'experts' have again failed the noble citizens of Slough. I hope Cllr Swindlehurst will include sufficient seats for all the elderly bus passengers.
Meanwhile junior council staff continue to be sacked because Labour has no money left to employ them. Yet money is always found for expensive council consultants. Another Slough disaster being funded by the overtaxed citizens of Slough - what next ?