Citizen

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A welcome from leader of the council, Councillor James Swindlehurst

Welcome to the summer edition of Citizen – the first edition following the May round of local elections around Slough. On page 10 and 11 is the gallery of SBC’s elected members, including the new councillors who joined this May. I thank the members who retired at the elections for their service to residents and their contribution to the council and welcome my new colleagues. The council’s 42 elected Councillors are all now back at in-person meetings and will be working for you during the year ahead.

As well as administering the local elections, over the last few months the council has been making steady progress in reaching our target of planting 10,000 trees across the borough, as part of the ‘Urban Forest‘ project, jointly funded with the Forestry Commission.

As the warmer weather (hopefully) kicks in for the summer, the number of residents receiving their covid vaccinations continues to increase and restrictions are easing now that we’ve come through the winter ‘wave’ of elevated case numbers. Although we’ve made good progress in vaccine coverage in Slough, it’s important for us all to observe the rules that are in place around social distancing and mask-wearing as there are still adults and young people locally yet to be called for their vaccine doses.

The lifting of restrictions will mean the council can continue to deliver programmes and activities in the heart of our communities - pages 17 and 20 provide information of what’s on in our parks and libraries; and more detailed information about the ‘Chalvey Can’ project.

I wish you all a peaceful and relaxing summer season. If we remain vigilant to the risks still posed by Covid in our community, and the vaccination programme continues apace, it should a summer we can enjoy with our friends and family – after the 18 months we have endured this is something we can all look forward to. I am sure you are as ready as I am to enjoy the returning freedoms and better weather!

With best wishes,

James

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