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2016 Slough Borough Council elections Liberal Democrats candidates

April 15, 2016 10:28 PM
By Slough Liberal Democrats

Slough Liberal Democrats' team of candidates for the elections to Slough Borough Council in May 2016 includes a former councillor and others with a record of working in their communities.

Robert Plimmer, former Councillor for Foxborough Ward, said, "I am very pleased to be standing in my home ward of Cippenham Meadows where I have lived for the last 19 years. Sadly Cippenham is suffering like many parts of Slough from a Labour-run Council that doesn't listen to local residents. The Council spends large amounts of our money on unwanted traffic schemes all over Slough, including in Langley, Station Road Burnham in Autumn 2015, and Tuns Lane/Copthorne roundabout. Then the same Labour councillors made cuts in the support for buses and youth clubs in Cippenham and across Slough and withdrew the grants from effective local charities such as Age Concern and Citizens Advice Bureau. Labour also massively increased charges for hiring sports pitches."

Robert Plimmer continued, "Slough Lib Dems' manifesto for the local elections highlights the need to elect councillors who will stand up against the refusal of Slough Labour Party to listen to local residents on issues such as traffic and parking. Slough also needs councillors who will challenge the Labour-run Council's waste and their mismanagement of key local services, such as Children's Services, and who will work to get a better deal for Slough residents. Our priorities are to continue campaigning for a healthier, safer, greener Slough, all issues on which we have a strong record."

Finally, Robert said: "I'm pleased Gary Griffin, a campaigner for older people, is again standing in Langley St Mary's, and Josephine Hanney, a long-standing member of various Langley organisations, is standing in Langley Kedermister and continues campaigning on health issues."

Slough Liberal Democrats Candidates for May 2016:

Robert Plimmer standing for Slough Borough Council 2016Cippenham Meadows Ward: Robert Plimmer

Robert Plimmer is married and has lived in the heart of Cippenham Meadows ward for 19 years. He was heavily involved in the former local Lodge Farm tenants and residents association. He was elected to Slough council in 2004 to represent Foxborough ward in Langley and had a record of action and achievements. These included protecting the environment and working together with the community to improve security through the introduction of gates in back alleyways. As Slough's voluntary Fair Trade Champion he successfully led the campaign that resulted in Slough being awarded 'Fair Trade Town' status. He asks why the Labour councillors do not listen more to local residents.

Josephine Hanney standing for Slough Borough Council 2016Langley Kedermister Ward: Josephine Hanney

Josephine Hanney is married and has lived in the Langley Kedermister ward for over 30 years. She is involved in a range of community activities, including helping to run local carnivals and medical charities. She has worked in the community in Slough for the NHS and for leisure services. She welcomes the extra money the Lib Dems have pledged to spend to improve mental health services and meet the needs of groups for whom the provision is not currently adequate. She is highly critical of the Labour council for massively increasing charges for hiring sports pitches which has damaged health and leisure.

Gary Griffin standing for Slough Borough Council 2016Langley St Mary's Ward: Gary Griffin

Gary Griffin is a long time resident of Slough who has been volunteering for a charity protecting the interests of older people. Based on his own experience, and that of the people with whom he works, Gary also knows the importance to local people of good quality, affordable public transport. But public transport in Slough has been damaged by the Labour-run council's mismanagement of the Heart of Slough project and the bus station, and more recently also by their cuts to various bus services in Slough. He asks why Labour can find the money for unwanted traffic schemes but then make cuts to the bus services.