Big things are happening over in Slough
The town might have a reputation for being a dump , with tired cliches about old poems about bombs featuring heavily.
However, a lot of money is being spent and there are a number of impressive projects which have been finished.
Some really massive housing developments are still on the way, and the town is set for a transformation over the next 10 years.
Here are six reasons Reading is jealous of Slough.
- There’s space for family houses
“Not more flats” say the people of Reading.
“There’s hardly anywhere to put houses” says Reading Borough Council .
“Build thousands of homes” says the government.
See the problem?
Slough doesn’t have this issue, and has already been able to regenerate run down areas into family homes.
One example is an interesting development by the Grand Union Canal.
- It’s got an award winning ice rink – and a bowling alley
One of the other gripes of people in Reading is that there is no ice rink, and no bowling alley.
Slough has both.
Not only does it have an ice rink, the ice rink has been totally revamped, and has since won awards.
The bowling alley is at the Salt Hill Activity Centre where you can take part in high ropes, rock climbing and even indoor caving.
There’s nowhere to do that in Reading either.
- It’s closer to London and Heathrow
Reading commuters have to spend half an hour on packed trains to London at peak times.
Slough commuters have to get the same trains but are on them for slightly less time, which we guess is a bonus.
Tickets are also cheaper.
It’s also closer to Heathrow Airport, which eases the stress come holiday time.
- It’s got some of the country’s best schools
There are plenty of good schools in and around Reading, but Slough has some of the country’s best.
In the Berkshire Live Real Schools Guide , Langley Grammar School was deemed to be the best in Berkshire, and one of the best in the country.
- It’s got a new swimming pool
As plans for new pools in Reading plod on , Slough has already got one.
The Centre offers an eight-lane, 25 metre pool, as well a 115-station gym and a sports hall.
If the campaign for a top-class 50m pool in Reading turns out to be a success then maybe things will change, but Reading swimmers, who have seen two pools close and none yet built to replace them, will be envious of what’s on offer down the M4.
- It’s got a sparkling new cultural centre
An impressive and determined campaign is being carried out in Reading to convert the long-empty Reading Prison into what could well be a fantastic facility for culture in the town.
However, that has not happened yet and as it stands, the government is not playing ball and has put the Grade II listed building on the market , with the hopes of selling to the highest bidder.
Slough has The Curve.
The spectacular building contains a new library and cultural centre right in the middle of the town.
It has a cafe, Slough Museum, community learning spaces, an exhibition space and also hosts weddings.
Just to be clear, Reading Museum is also brilliant, and it’s housed in the completely different but equally splendid Reading Town Hall.
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