A common criticism cited on the doorstep is “You only come around when you want our votes”.
In fact I still get it now. I remember speaking to a resident on Denzil Road during the Summer who was taken back when I told her “but I was only elected last year and there’s three years to go until the next Council elections!”
Your Councillors and the Dudden Hill Labour Party is working hard for you all year around and in the last year we’ve spent evenings and weekends knocking on doors on Ilex Road, Waterford Way, Burnley Road, Geary Road, Helena Road, Park Avenue North, Avondale Avenue, North Circular Road, Jeymer Avenue, Kenneth Crescent, Denzil Road, Lancaster Road, Aberdeen Road, Chantry Crescent, Chapel Close, Griffin Close, Gay Close, Clifford Way, Sherrick Green Road, Selbie Avenue, Severn Way in addition to attending meetings with the Cairnfield Residents’ Association, Neasden Neighbourhood Watch, Ashcombe Park Neighbourhood Watch, and Dudden Hill Ward Panel meetings.
I am opening up an exclusive offer for Dudden Hill residents to talk with their neighbours on their street. Anyone that wishes to take me up on this offer will be guaranteed a pre-arranged Saturday to spend knocking on doors with you on your road and asking residents if they have any problems or issues that they would like to raise. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to take up this offer!
Following the riots, we led with the local Police teams to speak to businesses in the Neasden Shopping Centre and Church Road to give them reassurance when they were feeling vulnerable.
Aslam and I provided reassurance to residents on Sonia Gardens after the tragic fire incident on Sonia Gardens and arranged for additional traffic management on behalf of the Crest Academy given the additional interest around the school during this period.
I am dismayed at the lack of kerbside recycling facilities available to residents who live on Selbie Avenue and Severn Way in Dudden Hill Ward. I have written to the Director of Environment and Neighbourhood Services at Brent Council to see what precise facilities will be available for residents once the new waste strategy is in place in October 2011.
Following the problems I uncovered on Denzil Road (LINK), Selbie Avenue and Severn Way (LINK), I wrote to the Transportation team explaining the situation as below:
I have recently been talking to residents from Denzil Road, Severn Way and Selbie Avenue.
These roads are in dire need of resurfacing. Nearly all the slabs on the pavements are cracked. Even more disturbingly, outside xx Severn Way and on various points adjacent to the College of NorthWest London on Selbie Avenue, there are dangerously damaged kerbs in urgent need of repairing.
I have since received the following response:
Dear Mr Hirani
I refer to your recent e-mail regarding the condition of the footway and carriageway at the locations stated below. These locations have been inspected and areas of defective footway and carriageway which meet the councils criteria for repair were identified and marked with white spray paint. These repair works will consist of large areas of footway upgrade in Denzil Road whilst patching works will be undertaken in Severn Way and Selbie Avenue. An order for the repair of these defects will be issued to our contractors for completion within 21 days.
Thank you for bringing these matters to our attention. If we can be of any further assistance please do not hesitate to contact me.
The same questions and issues arise.. Labour have acted and made the Lib Dem Council improve these roads. Where were your elected Lib Dem Councillors to report this issue?
Stay tuned for more blogging on results achieved on Dewsbury Road.
Following on from the problems I reported when out talking to residents of Denzil Road (LINK), I witnessed further neglect and broken curbs on Selbie Avenue and Severn Way. I wrote to the Council to repair the roads and will be blogging the response I receive.
Where are our Lib Dem Councillors to deal with these issues for residents?