should have been printed in the league match v Egham Town but the game
was postponed thanks to the rain. Thought I should post it now in light
of the EDL marching in Slough.
I am writing to you to
ask what is happening with Slough Town Football Clubs plans for the
old Arbour Park school site.
might seem a bit odd that a Brighton resident for nearly 25 years is
writing to you about Slough Town; but I have been supporting the
football club for so long, am still a season ticket holder and travel
to most games and can't see that stopping anytime soon.
weeks ago there was a big party thrown for one of our most loyal
supporters who is very ill. The Herschel Arms was packed to the
rafters with fans, players, ex players and managers. The next day he
lead the teams out on the pitch. Later his dad tweeted 'Best
thing that ever happened to Dave is Slough Town. His family thank you
all. He is so lucky to have such friends.'
sentiment sums up exactly what is fantastic about this club but also
why I think Slough Town is more than just a football club; more than
22 men kicking a ball around on a Saturday in front of a few hundred
But I not writing to you
just to sing the clubs praises, but to highlight the current impasse
the club finds itself in. We have a fantastic chairman who has worked
incredibly hard with the council and a housing association to deliver
a new sports facilities and homes at Arbour Vale. It will not just be
a place for Slough Town to call home but have modern sports
facilities for the whole town; multi-use games area, athletics track,
facilities for the dance academy and of course delivering much needed
housing. This is on top of the clubs football academy for youngsters at Farnham Park.
Our chairman has spent
nearly seven years working with the council, had political support
from all main parties and in 2012 it was already to be approved.
However for the past couple of years nothing seems to have happened
and the club seem to be being used as a political football with no
one grasping the nettle and making a decision on the Arbour Vale
If this is frustrating
for us fans, I can't imagine how depressing it is for a successful
businessman whose used to getting things done quickly.
Now it seems a freeschool has thrown a spanner in the works. I won't bore you with my
thoughts on religious free schools. All I will say is that growing up
in Slough, my Grammar school was like the United Nations and a
working class one at that. I fear that by parceling up children by
their parents faith we are storing up problems for the future. With
the fascist English Defence League marching in Slough this Saturday
we can see how some people will try and exploit these differences.
This is why a football
ground in Slough at Arbour Park is even more important. If nothing
else it will be one of the few places in Slough that can bind the
diverse communities of Slough together. Football is fantastic in
breaking down barriers – just look at Bradford City last season
when they reached the League Cup final. The football club and the
facilities it offers could be a jewel for the town, without burdening
the taxpayer with extra cost. But the current impasse does no-one any
Please could you
look into this as a matter or urgency to find out just what is