Keeping our town centre clean, safe and vibrant
In the autumn of 2018, the future of Slough Town Centre became a key strategic focus for the council and its partners with the launch of the clean, safe, vibrant initiative.
Since then work has been underway to deliver a ‘meanwhile’ strategy which focuses on tackling antisocial behaviour, keeping the town centre clean and free from litter and developing initiatives to encourage residents and visitors to keep visiting Slough while we await large scale regeneration plans.
This has included putting in place a monthly market, keeping the town vibrant through vinyl wraps on empty shop units, winning funding from the Government for the Open Doors project, a YES vote from the town centre businesses for a Business Improvement District (BID), and a range of community initiatives and events from The Curve and Home Slough.
This is only the beginning, the physical regeneration will bring with it new homes, leisure and retail to make Slough Town Centre a destination of choice. However, this cannot happen overnight, it will take time.
Our aim is to make Slough an attractive place where people choose to live, work and stay. A place which attracts, retains and grows businesses and investment to provide opportunities for our residents.
Councillor Martin Carter, cabinet member for inclusive growth and skills, said: “Slough like many town centres across the UK is facing an increasingly difficult economic climate but we are working hard to keep the High Street clean, safe and vibrant whilst our partners develop large scale regeneration plans.
“Getting a yes vote from businesses for the BID will generate around £2million for High Street improvements over the next five years, including security and keeping the town centre clean.
“And there are lots of events happening in the town centre, thanks to Arts Council funding for HOME Slough. Our very own Curve has a programme bursting with activities, events and shows, so why not have a look at their programmes and get involved.”
For more information on events in the town centre, visit The Curve website, HOME Slough, and the council's town centre events page.