The Mayor thanked his predecessor, Councillor Dilbagh Parmar for being the First Citizen of Slough 2022/23 and Mrs Amarjit Parmar as Mayoress.
New and existing Members who were elected at the local elections were welcomed to the meeting.
The Mayor announced that former Leader and Councillor Richard Stokes had passed away on 22nd April 2023. Councillor Stokes was first elected to the council in 1983 and led the the Liberal Group on the council from 1990 and from the early 2000s led the group of Britwellian, Independent, Liberal and Liberal Democrats (BILLD) group.
Following elections in 2004 where the council became No Overall Control, the BILLD group formed a joint administration with the Conservative group and Councillor Stokes became Leader of the council; a position he held until 2008. Councillor Stokes retired from the council in 2012 following 29 years of service.
(A minute silence was observed by the Council)