Local MP Tan Dhesi visited the shared premises of Slough Borough Council and service partner Osborne Property Services on Thursday 31 May to learn more about this unique partnership.
Mr Dhesi discovered the many benefits experienced by staff at Hawker House in Langley as part of the council’s co-location approach which provides a positive, collaborative working environment designed to provide residents with the best possible service.
Mr Dhesi was hosted by the council’s service lead for neighbourhood services, John Griffiths and Osborne Communities Managing Director, Carol Bailey.
He toured the building, meeting staff from the council, Osborne, specialist domestic abuse support service Hestia and the Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS), hearing how the partnership works together to understand and invest in the local community, honouring its commitment to providing education, employment and skills.
The tour ended with a presentation from John Griffiths on the council’s asset performance evaluation tool and how it has been used to inform planned maintenance and investment works across the borough. He also shared the council’s plans for developing defunct garage sites to provide council housing and cover the work currently being undertaken to manage fire risks in the town’s fire blocks.
Councillor Mohammed Nazir, lead member for corporate finance and housing, said: “We were delighted to host Mr Dhesi as he discovered more about the way our partnership works.
“We are proud of our co-location approach and the many benefits it brings to the council, its employees and our residents, who are at the heart of everything we do.”
Carol Bailey, Managing Director at Osborne Communities, said: “Thanks to co-location and a positive, collaborative approach our partnership with Slough Borough Council has already become truly embedded in the local area.
“Our newly designed office space enables us to work side-by-side with the council to deliver excellent services and provide opportunities that benefit the wider community.”
Last December the council began a seven year contract with Osborne, who provide a wide range of services to more than 7,000 homes in Slough, including mechanical and electrical, compliance, repair, voids and cleaning.