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20 February 2009
What did 13,000 People Vote For ?

Is ex-Tory now Labour Cllr Balvinder Bains pulling the wool over the public's eyes when he claims in Readers' Forum, February 20 that Slough Labour is delivering what 13,000 local people voted for?

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote for Labour to demolish Slough's historic Town Hall which has featured in many television dramas, films and in real-life court trials - earning valuable income for our borough.

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote for Labour to secretly spend £25,000 of council tax money employing expensive consultants to attack English Heritage's wish to save and protect our unique and irreplaceable Town Hall from Labour's bulldozers.

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote to build thousands of private houses and flats on Slough's rapidly vanishing and diminishing green spaces. Where will Slough's children play? In the middle of busy roads?

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote to demolish Slough's 'new' central library in the High Street.

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote for Labour to cut public services.

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote for Labour to export Slough jobs to people in Cambridgeshire and Essex.

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote for Labour to sack local residents and put them and their families on the dole.

I am sure 13,000 people did not vote for Labour to make this year's council tax rise one of the highest in the whole country.

Come on Cllr Bains. Please don't be shy. Was this really in Slough Labour's 2008 election manifesto? Tell us please, how many local people voted for any of the above?

Paul Janik
Slough Party.