Published: Friday, October 12th 2012

Arbour Park to be part of the Slough Regeneration Partnership

Written by Gary Thomas

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Arbour Park Included in Regeneration Project

Slough Borough Council has today (Friday 12 October) announced its plan to place the Arbour Park development into the Slough Regeneration Partnership.

Arbour Park, the site of the old Arbour Vale School, Stoke Road, is planned for a development including:

* a new football ground including clubhouse and ancillary community facilities to be run and used by Slough Town Football Club * two extra football pitches * multi use games area * facilities for the creative academy * 89 new homes,

and potentially a new sports hall.

Two weeks ago the council announced a multi-million pound partnership with Morgan Sindall Investments to bring new developments to the Borough.

Now Arbour Park is to be added to the sites planned.

John Rice, assistant director, Regeneration and Estates, said: “Adding Arbour Park to the Slough Regeneration Partnership will help ensure the development can continue and the future of Slough Town Football club, in the Borough, can be assured.

“We still have a couple of hurdles to jump before it can be officially added as a site and a planning application put in, but we are confident this is the best way forward for the council, the club and the numerous communities who will be benefit from the fantastic facilities planned.

“We want to bring this massive project to fruition and we are working hard with Slough Town Football Club, Paradigm Housing and our partners Morgan Sindall to move it forward.”

He added: “One hurdle which we hope to overcome soon, is the application to the secretary of state for education for the removal and reprovision of the school playing fields.”

“We are just waiting for St Joseph’s to formally say they are happy with the development and the application will be on its way to the government.”

A public consultation took place in March 2012 with people showing overwhelming support for the redevelopment of the site.

Councillor James Swindlehurst, commissioner for neighbourhoods and renewal, said: “We promised we would do everything we can to bring Slough Town Football Club back to the Borough and that is still our aim.

“We believe Slough’s football club should be in Slough and we are grateful to Steve Easterbrook and the club and supporters for their patience and understanding whilst we have been finding the best way to meet our shared aims.”

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