Slough and Windsor’s top stories of the week

The Observer has rounded up some of the most important stories from the last week.

Here are a few of the most significant stories readers should be aware of.


1. ‘Getting out of hand’: Neighbours slam ‘hideous’ late-night drivers in supermarket car park

Slough Observer:

NEIGHBOURS who live near to a Sainsbury’s car park have said the late-night noise is “getting out of hand” as drivers are spotted ‘racing’.

Preetika Verma, of Dolphin Road in Slough, backs on to the Sainsbury’s Uxbridge Road car park and said the drivers “rev their engines” and chase each other.

She explained the issue has been going on since 2014 and nothing has been done about it.

And on Sunday, June 6, at around 12.45am Ms Verma was woken up again by the noise.

Read the full story here.

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2. Daughter’s heartbreaking message after search for missing father enters sixth month

Slough Observer:

“I REALLY worry about him because such a disappearance is out of character for him.”

That’s the heartbreaking message from the daughter of a man who has been missing from Slough for several months.

Andrzej Mucha, who has lived around the Farnham Road area for the past seven years, last made contact with his family on November 29, 2021.

He was reported missing by his family on December 30 2021 and five months on, his daughter has launched a desperate appeal for information about her father’s whereabouts.

Read the full story here.


3. Cash-strapped council spent £15m on temporary staff, report states

Slough Observer:

A REPORT states Slough Borough Council has spent less money on temporary staff – but still splashed out £15m.

Councillors sitting on the employment and appeals committee are due to hear a report on the council’s spend and usage of agency staff during the 2021/22 municipal year.

Like other local authorities, temporary workers are used to filling posts that the council is struggling to find a permanent person for, however, it has pledged to reduce spending on agency staff and prioritise hiring permanent employees.

Despite this, the paper revealed the council has spent £15m during the 2021/22 municipal year on agency staff from its contractor Matrix SCM.

Read the full story here.

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4. Travellers urged to ‘check carefully’ when booking airport Meet and Greet companies

Slough Observer:

HEATHROW Airport has warned travellers to “be aware” when booking their cars with Meet and Greet companies.

On June 8, Aviation Policing Heathrow issued a statement to warn travellers to check the Meet and Greet companies ‘carefully’.

Crime Prevention Officer Mike Smooker from Aviation Policing said: “I have been liaising with ‘meet and greet’ companies at Heathrow for some time.

“Many are reputable and offer a good level of service that deliver to customer expectations.

“However customers are sometimes disappointed with the service received by some meet and greet companies.”

Read the full story here.


5. ‘Inadequate’ school where pupils were racially abused could see funding pulled

Slough Observer:

A SCHOOL where some pupils felt ‘unsafe’ and were subject to racial abuse has been warned it could have its funding pulled by government.

The Grove Academy, which is run by SASH Education Trust, could be transferred to an alternative academy trust if it does not improve failures highlighted in a damning report.

Last month, the Local Democracy Reporting Service reported the education watchdog Ofsted rated the Slough school as ‘inadequate’ during its first inspection since it opened in 2017.

Inspectors found some students’ behaviour at the Ladbrooke Road school can be ‘chaotic and dangerous,’ while others find it ‘intimidating and unsettling’.

Read the full story here.

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