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Safety fears over parking plans for new council HQ

A Slough Borough Council employee fears their safety will be put at risk by the council’s parking plans for its new multi-million pound headquarters.

SBC is preparing to move into its new home at 25 Windsor Road in May, with hundreds of staff due to transferred there from the council’s current base at St Martin’s Place.

But in a letter sent to the Express, a member of staff, who did not wish to be named, has raised concerns about a lack of parking at the site.

The concerned employee said staff have been given the option of parking at Hatfield Car Park but this would require them to walk through Slough High Street and surrounding streets to and from work.  

“Walking through Slough High Street at the best of times makes me feel vulnerable,” the employee said.

“Making this journey twice a day scares me especially when I finish at night and I have to walk through the High Street and the backstreets to get to my car in a near empty car park.

“I feel this puts my life at risk, it absolutely terrifies me.”

The letter added that staff will be charged £3 a day to use Hatfield Car Park.

Spaces at the council’s new HQ will be allocated to SBC’s electric fleet of pool cars, blue badge holders and people with disabilities.

A council spokeswoman said the council was aware of some concerns about security and was looking at ways to reassure staff.

A statement said: “As part of our move to Windsor Road we are encouraging staff to think of new ways of working, including smart working, working from home, or from other sites across the borough and to consider sustainable modes of transport where appropriate – including our own fleet of electric vehicles.

“To accommodate staff, we have put together a proposal for staff to be able to park at Hatfield Car Park for a substantially reduced rate, which is scaled depending on the grade of the staff – with senior staff paying more than lower grades.”

The proposal is being sent for formal consultation in May and all responses will be considered before any proposal is implemented, the council added.

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  • SpeakasIfind

    10:10, 23 April 2019

    This sums up modern day Slough. Even the council staff wont walk down the High Street! if they wont - why should we? If the council spent more time maintaining the High Street - there would be more shops! They have only themselves to blame !!!

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  • be_ transparent

    11:11, 20 April 2019

    Yes, the councils ‘sustainable transport’ policy continues to unravel as soon as it comes in contact with their own staff. It’s clear this employee has no intention of using the bus or train, or walking and cycling. ‘Sustainable’ transport for ordinary people means being forced onto buses against their will - yet for council employees electric cars are bought at our expense and provided to council staff !!! What’s wrong with either them going on the bus or us being able to use the electric cars too ? Definitely an attitude of us and them rather than we there. Why are council staff being offered cut price parking to Hatfield car park - the website lists all day parking for the public at £5 a day ! If it’s too expensive for their own staff what about the rest of us ? If the council can’t even get their own staff starting at the very top and including all the execs to modal shift to public transport perhaps they shouldn’t be asking Slough to do it if it isn’t even achievable themselves.

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  • steve_c

    21:09, 19 April 2019

    What confidence can we have in the council improving our high street if their workers won't even walk down it? Seriously, what kind of message do they think that gives off? There are people in Slough that care about it being a better place to live, work and socialise, yet we always focus on people who think views and articles like this are in anyway constructive or helpful.

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