Slough and the Royal Borough councils are set to link up with other authorities in the county to seek investment opportunities collectively.

The six councils in the county are seeking to create the Berkshire Prosperity Board to help drive forward and deliver future economic success.

The board aims to drive and deliver economic prosperity across Berkshire to secure more funding, create more jobs and enable more affordable housing for residents.

Its power would be used to promote Berkshire to investors, businesses and the central Government.

The board would work to build on current successes in attracting enterprise to the area, seen with the burgeoning film industry in Berkshire, including at Bray Studios.

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The proposed Prosperity Board will be discussed at the cabinet meetings at Slough and RBWM councils, as well as other meetings held at the remaining four Berkshire councils before being formalised.

Supporting the creation of the board, councillor Dexter Smith (Conservative, Colnbrook & Poyle), leader of Slough Borough Council, said: “I am pleased that the six council leaders have worked together to establish the Berkshire Prosperity Board, and if agreed by the councils, it represents an important step in our collective efforts to work collaboratively in expanding economic opportunities in our local area, and to drive growth.

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“It will be an important platform for the authorities to tackle the challenges which we face, and to lobby for wider investment in the area.

“I am sure that the Berkshire Prosperity Board will provide economic benefits to our residents in Slough, and the wider Berkshire area, and enable us to capitalise on the strengths of the local Berkshire economy. ”

Meanwhile, cllr Simon Werner (Liberal Democrats, Pinkneys Green), leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead, said: “We see the establishment of the Berkshire Prosperity Board as a valuable opportunity for the Royal Borough and the wider county.

“We welcome the transfer of powers from the Local Enterprise Partnership to local government.

Slough Observer: Councillor Simon Werner (Liberal Democrats, Pinkneys Green) the leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council. Credit: RBWMCouncillor Simon Werner (Liberal Democrats, Pinkneys Green) the leader of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead council. Credit: RBWM

“I have always been passionate about partnership.

“In our interconnected world it is vital that we take every opportunity to work closely with our neighbours. Together we have a stronger voice, and can better support our local economies for the benefit our residents and businesses.

“I look forward to working in closer partnership, once arrangements have been discussed and agreed by our Cabinet and Full Council.”

If plans for the board go ahead, it will see the highest level of collaboration between the councils since the six authorities were united within Berkshire County Council at Shire Hall in Shinfield Park.

The council was abolished in 1998, creating the six unitary authorities which have existed since then.