'I want stability for the council in the future' - New leader sets out plans for Harrow (From Harrow Times)
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New leader Councillor Susan Hall sets out plans for Harrow Borough Council
The new leader of Harrow Borough Council has set out her three main priorities for her time in office which involve making the borough a cleaner, safer and fairer place.
Councillor Susan Hall now leads a Conservative administration of the council following Monday evening’s leadership vote.
Members voted for Cllr Hall over leader of the Labour group Cllr David Perry at the meeting which removed Independent Labour’s Thaya Idaikkadar.
Speaking to the Harrow Times Cllr Susan Hall said: “I am very excited about the work ahead and there are three main areas I want to address.
“The first one is a cleaner borough and I have mail bags full of letters from residents with concerns about the state of our streets.
“The second is a passion of mine and is making Harrow a safer borough to live in and I will be working with the borough commander with his pledge to make Harrow the safest borough in London.
“Thirdly is to make Harrow a fairer place and we are going to look at how we can reduce or at least freeze council tax.”
Cllr Hall also discussed other areas she would like to look at including increasing the strength of the council’s fraud investigation department.
The Harrow Times was also given a hint of the shape of the new cabinet.
The leader said: “For the first time there will be a business portfolio holder to see how we can help and support businesses in borough.
“I want stability for the council in the future.
“Under out administration we will sort out the finances of the council, because if you look after the finances then and everything else will fall in to place.”
Cllr Hall says she will be talking to members of her group who will make up the cabinet, which will be announced over the coming days.
She also plans to continue the policy, brought in under Independent Labour, to allow members of the opposition in the cabinet in non-voting roles.
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