Our team is out regardless of whether there is an election or not and when we visited residents in October 2010, we were able to show residents the real difference that Labour Councillors are making in the area.
On Leeland Way and Bermans Way, there was a huge dump that had been left there for years. It was an awful eyesore. We managed to get it boarded up and secured as soon as we were elected.
Residents were shocked to see Councillors actually delivering as they were used to the lack of any contact from Lib Dem Councillors in the ward before 2010.
There are a number of large gas mains below that section of Neasden Lane. The gas board identified a heavy leak to one of them and met with officers here (and the Police and bus operators) to decide what to do.
It was agreed that the leak needed to be repaired urgently and that the most appropriate solution was to install one-way working along a section of Neasden Lane (with traffic in the other direction following a diversion). Any restrictions on roads such as Neasden Lane are disruptive but it was decided that one way working would be safer and less disruptive. In this particular case the leaking mains presented a genuine hazard and there was no choice but to make arrangements to undertake the repair straight-away.
At the time when the arrangements were being made the extent and precise location of the leak was not known and it was envisaged that the repair might take a maximum of 10 days. The forecast repair time was based on limited knowledge about the size, location and condition of the gas mains in the area.
The repair proved easier to identify and repair than anyone envisaged. I am told that the repair will be completed today and that it is likely that the road will be completely open to traffic later today or tomorrow.
Labour plans to abolish the Dumpers’ Charter on 1st October 2010 despite the fact that the Lib Dems are attempting to pettily call-in the decision.
The Labour executive will ignore Lib Dem delaying tactics and we will keep our promise to abolish the £25 charge for bulky refuse collection. The abolition of the charge was our number one pledge in our local Brent Labour manifesto and the Council’s ruling Executive voted to implement the abolition from 1st October 2010.
However, the Liberal Democrat Opposition has now pettily ‘called in’ the Executive’s decision in an attempt to delay implementation.
The Labour Leader of Brent Council, Councillor Ann John, has lambasted the Lib Dems’ delaying tactics and she is determined to abolish the charge. Cllr John said:
“Unlike the Lib Dems who have betrayed every principle they ever had in return for ministerial limousines, we believe in keeping our promises and we will not be deflected by childish delaying tactics.
This was our number one pledge and we have a clear mandate to implement it. The people of Brent have spoken and if the Lib Dems had any respect for the democratic process at all they would accept the electorate’s decision. The fact that they are still trying to overturn the policy shows that they are neither liberal nor democratic”.
The £25 charge was introduced by the previous Liberal Democrat administration. It quickly led to an epidemic of illegal dumping and became widely known as the ‘Dumpers’ Charter’.
In Dudden Hill, the infamous Bermans and Leeland Way dump developed which infuriated residents for over a year. Within a week of being elected, the site was cleared after Lib Dem Councillors neglected and ignored residents LINK
The scrapping of the charge will help make scenes like this a thing of the past and shows commitment from the Brent Labour administration to improve services for our residents despite the wave of cuts that are being dished out by Sarah Teather’s Lib Dem / Tory Coalition Government.
It was regarding this eyesore that had residents angry for years. My predecessors did nothing about it. It was ignored by the people who should by the duty of their role care about issues like this that residents are rightly furious about. I would hate to live with a dump like that on my road.
The Lib Dem introduction of a £25 for bulky item collection had made it easier to dump and unfortunately for residents on Bermans Way and Leeland Way, they had become victims of Lib Dem policy.
A week into my tenure as a Councillor and skips were around to deal with the dump. This is what it looks like now after the clear up.
The scrapping of the £25 bulky items charge will mean that scenes like this will become a thing of the past.