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4m art revamp for maligned town
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Residents of what may be Britain's most maligned town are to get their say on a multi-million pound regeneration.

Slough in Berkshire has been mocked by BBC comedy The Office and Poet Laureate John Betjeman, who urged "friendly bombs" to fall on the town.

Now the town centre is to get a 4m facelift, with works by 11 contemporary artists to adorn the High Street.

The public is also being asked to judge from three plans, chosen in a national contest, to redesign the street.

'Vibrant and exciting'

Residents are also getting the chance to choose if funding to revitalise the town centre should be spent building a 750-seat performance space or a hi-tech library.

Roger Kirkham, who is managing the council's Art at the Centre project, said: "Over the next six weeks, we want as many people as possible to come forward and give their views on the three designs.

"It is then hoped we will be able to achieve a High Street that is vibrant and exciting, and one which the people of Slough will own and be proud of."

The plans will be on show from 15 March at three locations: Slough Estates on Buckingham Avenue, Slough Library and Queensmere Shopping Centre.

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