Slough council receives £240k to help improve active travel

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Slough Borough Council (SBC) says that it could make streets around schools safer and increase cycling in the town with the help of some new Government funding.

The authority received £240,996 through a ‘Capability Fund’ on July 30, which helps local councils champion active travel in their areas.

When asked what the new funding would be used for, a SBC spokeswoman outlined how it could be used to encourage more people on to two wheels and deter traffic from around schools through the implementation of school streets.

“The new tranche of funding will be used for a range of projects,” she said. “This could include community cycling grants, and the rollout of school streets to more schools.

“Combined, such projects will move us closer to our target of doubling cycling levels in the borough, which aligns to national targets.

“We will be asking for residents for their opinions and ideas through surveys in the coming months.”

The Capability Fund grant enables local authorities to promote cycling and walking in their areas through such things as the development of infrastructure plans, and carrying out behaviour change activities, such as training and promotion.

The Government has asked for 'more assurances' from the Windsor and Maidenhead council before it receives money from the fund. Read more on that here

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  • SpeakasIfind

    11:40, 11 August 2021

    Where are the investigative journalists? Slough Council has fritted away nearly £100MILLION of residents money with nothing to show for it. Why isnt the local press hounding the council for answers? Why has there been no resignations or sackings? They're clearly not up to the job, yet sheer through arrogance, they're still there! Are we to receive a review on where our taxpayers money has gone? Absolutely disgusted the lack of control and responsibility.

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  • Paludian

    15:24, 05 August 2021

    When asked what the new funding would be used for, a SBC spokeswoman replied, "I cannot tell a lie. It will probably go the same way as our £96 million deficit, which ended up in the pockets of councillors' property developing friends and relatives.

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