Slough Borough Council

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Slough Borough Council
Slough Borough Council logo
Type
Type
Leadership
Mayor
Dilbagh Parmar, Labour
since 19 May 2022
Leader
James Swindlehurst, Labour
since 28 November 2017
Structure
Seats42 councillors
Political groups
Administration (35)
  Labour (35)
Other parties (7)
  Conservative (6)
  Independent (1)
Length of term
Third of council elected three years out of four
Elections
Plurality-at-large
Last election
5 May 2022
Meeting place
Observatory House, 25 Windsor Road, Slough.jpg
Observatory House, 25 Winsdor Road, Slough, SL1 2EL
Website
slough.gov.uk

Slough Borough Council is the local authority for the Borough of Slough, in Berkshire, England. Slough is a unitary authority, having the powers of a county and district council combined. Berkshire is purely a ceremonial county, with no administrative responsibilities.

History[edit]

Slough's first local authority was the Slough Local Board, established in 1863. This became Slough Urban District Council in 1894. In 1938 the town was granted a charter of incorporation as a municipal borough, with the council then taking the name Slough Corporation. The municipal borough was abolished under the Local Government Act 1972 on 1 April 1974, and replaced by Slough Borough Council, when the town was also transferred from Buckinghamshire to Berkshire.[1] On 1 April 1998, Slough Borough Council became a unitary authority when Berkshire County Council was abolished, taking over the county council's former functions.[2]

Governance[edit]

The council has adopted the leader and cabinet form of governance. Labour has held a majority of the seats on the council since 2008, and the leader of the council since 2017 has been Labour's James Swindlehurst. The post of mayor is largely ceremonial in Slough and tends to be held by a different councillor each year. The mayor for 2022-2023 is Dilbagh Parmar, a Labour councillor.[3]

Premises[edit]

Slough Town Hall at 19 Bath Road was built in 1937 and served as the council's headquarters until 2011. The council was then temporarily based at St Martin's Place at 51 Bath Road from 2011 to 2019, holding meetings at various venues in the town whilst looking for a new home closer to the town centre. In July 2018 the council bought Observatory House at 25 Windsor Road for a reported £41.3 million and converted it to become the council's main offices and meeting place, with the first council meetings in the building being held in September 2019.[4][5]

Bankruptcy (2021)[edit]

On 2 July 2021, Slough Borough Council issued a notice under Section 114 of the Local Government Finance Act 1988, having the effect of preventing any new expenditure on non-statutory services, following serious financial problems being identified.[6] In October 2021, the government announced plans to appoint external commissioners to help run the council after a series of reports highlighted major problems at the local authority.[7][8][9]

Wards of Slough[edit]

The borough is divided into fifteen wards. Most wards elect three councillors, with the exceptions being Colnbrook with Poyle, which elects two councillors, and Foxborough, which elects one councillor. There are 42 councillors in total. The current set of wards came into force for the 2014 election, and are:[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The English Non-Metropolitan Districts (Definition) Order 1972 (S.I. 1972 No. 2039). London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1972. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  2. ^ The Berkshire (Structural Change) Order 1996 (Statutory Instrument 1996 No. 1879). London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. 1996. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  3. ^ "Council minutes". Slough Borough Council. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  4. ^ Hockaday, James (2 November 2018). "More than £41m spent on new Slough Borough Council headquarters". Maidenhead Advetiser. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  5. ^ "Health Scrutiny Panel, 10 September 2019". Slough Borough Council. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 28 March 2022.
  6. ^ Bottomley, Shay (2 July 2021). "Slough Borough Council bans new spending after Section 114 notice". Slough Express. Retrieved 7 June 2022.
  7. ^ "'Dysfunctional' Slough council placed under government supervision". BBC News. 26 October 2021.
  8. ^ Rees, Tom (26 October 2021). "Labour-controlled council taken over after property bets leave £100m black hole". The Telegraph.
  9. ^ "LocalGov.co.uk - Your authority on UK local government - Commissioners to monitor Slough improvement plan". 26 October 2021.
  10. ^ The Slough (Electoral Changes) Order 2012 (Statutory Instrument 2012 No. 2769) (PDF). London: His Majesty's Stationery Office. 2012. Retrieved 7 June 2022.