I’ve just come back from talking to people in the Church End area with the Labour Action Team and Dawn Butler MP and the level of neglect from the Liberal Democrats is atrocious.
The Lib Dems scrapped the Council provision that offered to take five big items a year from residents free of charge. The Labour Party opposed at the time and still continue to argue strongly on this scrappage and are fighting to bring this service back in.
As feared, dumping of household furniture such as sofa and mattresses has become a common feature on our streets. In the long run, cutting the service has actually increased the costs incurred by the Council in collecting and cleaning up large items.
Parking charges under the Lib Dems have soared through the roof and are due to rise further, despite their election manifesto promises in 2005 not to increase Council Taxes and Parking Charges. Another broken promise from the Lib Dems.
Consequently, the Council is collecting from parking charges. However, where is this money going? the state of the roads in Church End suggests that it definitely is not going back into maintaining and upkeeping the roads.
These are common examples of the Liberal Democrats increasing taxes but cutting these services and are visible everyday across the whole of Brent and another reason to Bring Labour Back to Brent.