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17.5m agreed for town's makeover
A 17.5m funding package has been agreed to back a major transformation of an infamous town centre.

National regeneration agency English Partnerships has agreed to provide the money for the major revamp of Slough.

The local council's Heart of Slough project includes plans for more than 1,300 new homes, new office space, a bus station and a revised road layout.

A council spokesman said the funding agreement was a "great milestone" in the regeneration of the Berkshire town.

Slough's revival

The agency and the council are to work with Berkeley Homes and Development Securities in drawing up the scheme, which will see a total of 200m invested in the town.

Councillor Dexter Smith, the local authoritiy's commissioner for planning and transportation, said: "This is a great milestone in the Heart of Slough regeneration project.

"I am proud of the focus achieved on the project over the past two years. We have cut down the high-rise element and dramatically reduced the amount of office space, increasing the number of homes.

"We have listened to residents' views and will be including a brand new state-of-the-art library in the plans."

David Warburton, area director for English Partnerships, said the scheme was "the key to the revival and future prosperity of Slough".




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