Council leader Susan Hall blames Labour for poor cleanliness of borough

Harrow Borough Council's Conservative administration has attacked the Labour group for having a ‘devastating impact’ on the borough during its time in power.

Harrow Conservatives, who took power three months ago, claim the borough became twice as dirtyt because of cuts by the previous Labour administration.

According to figures from the Conservative group, graffiti increased by 25 per cent in a three-month period from July and September 2013 and recorded litter doubled.

Leader of the council Councillor Susan Hall said: “From the outset, our Conservative administration has pledged to deliver a cleaner, safer and fairer Harrow.

“What this data shows is how appropriate it was for us to invest in the public realm services which keep our borough clean and tidy – as Labour’s cuts were clearly starting to bite.

“Labour’s last budget included major reductions in road sweeping funding, cuts in graffiti removal and less maintenance of grass verges – all of which have had a devastating impact on the cleanliness and appearance of our borough.”

She added people have regularly complained about the increase in litter around Harrow and her administration’s latest budget would include more money to clean up the borough.

In response, leader of the Labour group Cllr David Perry said: “This is a typically gimmicky statement from a Conservative administration that has produced a reckless, irresponsible and unfair budget.

“The Tories are trying to distract the people of Harrow from the £8m increased deficit they are creating in the budget as well as their policy of taking £2m away from supporting the most vulnerable people in Harrow.

“This is electioneering at its highest, and the Tories are maxing out the credit card to pay for it, for which in the long run the ratepayers of Harrow will pick up the bill.”

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6:38pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Harrow Dude says...

I would suppose that the increase in graffiti from July to September is more to do with the school summer holidays than the previous Labour administration...but that doesn't spin as well does it Susie?
I would suppose that the increase in graffiti from July to September is more to do with the school summer holidays than the previous Labour administration...but that doesn't spin as well does it Susie? Harrow Dude

7:21pm Tue 10 Dec 13

Harrow Alan says...

I cannot help noticing that councillor Perry's response is shouting "look over there, something shiny!"

A pretty clear sign that what's been alleged is not without truth, so he'd rather not comment on it at all.
I cannot help noticing that councillor Perry's response is shouting "look over there, something shiny!" A pretty clear sign that what's been alleged is not without truth, so he'd rather not comment on it at all. Harrow Alan

7:47pm Tue 10 Dec 13

pravinshah1 says...

Susan Hall on CLOUD NINE again. Sorry, election is coming..........
Susan Hall on CLOUD NINE again. Sorry, election is coming.......... pravinshah1

11:11pm Thu 12 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

Some may not be able to face up to the truth but our borough looks a lot cleaner again!We citizens don't care who is in charge .We simply want the job done PROPERLY and CONSISTENTLY.
Some may not be able to face up to the truth but our borough looks a lot cleaner again!We citizens don't care who is in charge .We simply want the job done PROPERLY and CONSISTENTLY. Sonoo Malkani

5:38pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Husain Akhtar says...

Data are not always accurate nor the statistical information always reflects the reality, though these can be adopted to develop a negative or positive political argument, especially by those who could influence the data production in the first place.

But looking at the Harrow street environment widely and for the sake of comparison, how many streets have been resurfaced, pavements redone, weeds killed and street lights improved as well as the frequency of litter-picking in all wards, between May 2010 to when Cllr Hall imposed herself as leader of the council through a highly controversial process this year, compared with May 2006 to May 2010 situation!

I have no reasons to defend Labour but truth is truth.
Data are not always accurate nor the statistical information always reflects the reality, though these can be adopted to develop a negative or positive political argument, especially by those who could influence the data production in the first place. But looking at the Harrow street environment widely and for the sake of comparison, how many streets have been resurfaced, pavements redone, weeds killed and street lights improved as well as the frequency of litter-picking in all wards, between May 2010 to when Cllr Hall imposed herself as leader of the council through a highly controversial process this year, compared with May 2006 to May 2010 situation! I have no reasons to defend Labour but truth is truth. Husain Akhtar

1:39am Mon 16 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

As a simple citizen I have no idea about the items listed above nor can I recollect every single thing mentioned,hand on heart!What matters to us ordinary folk is the HERE and NOW.It isrelevant to how it affects our HEALTH and also the ENVIRONMENT.

You know a badly maintained,rundown,n
eglected area attracts thugs and criminals ,in addition to posing health risks not to mention putting people off being there!

As stated before WHICH PARTY is best at delivering this is not foremost in our minds.We just want a CLEAN,WELCOMING ,WELL-MAINTAINED borough.Is that an unreasonable expectation?!
As a simple citizen I have no idea about the items listed above nor can I recollect every single thing mentioned,hand on heart!What matters to us ordinary folk is the HERE and NOW.It isrelevant to how it affects our HEALTH and also the ENVIRONMENT. You know a badly maintained,rundown,n eglected area attracts thugs and criminals ,in addition to posing health risks not to mention putting people off being there! As stated before WHICH PARTY is best at delivering this is not foremost in our minds.We just want a CLEAN,WELCOMING ,WELL-MAINTAINED borough.Is that an unreasonable expectation?! Sonoo Malkani

1:39am Mon 16 Dec 13

Sonoo Malkani says...

As a simple citizen I have no idea about the items listed above nor can I recollect every single thing mentioned,hand on heart!What matters to us ordinary folk is the HERE and NOW.It isrelevant to how it affects our HEALTH and also the ENVIRONMENT.

You know a badly maintained,rundown,n
eglected area attracts thugs and criminals ,in addition to posing health risks not to mention putting people off being there!

As stated before WHICH PARTY is best at delivering this is not foremost in our minds.We just want a CLEAN,WELCOMING ,WELL-MAINTAINED borough.Is that an unreasonable expectation?!
As a simple citizen I have no idea about the items listed above nor can I recollect every single thing mentioned,hand on heart!What matters to us ordinary folk is the HERE and NOW.It isrelevant to how it affects our HEALTH and also the ENVIRONMENT. You know a badly maintained,rundown,n eglected area attracts thugs and criminals ,in addition to posing health risks not to mention putting people off being there! As stated before WHICH PARTY is best at delivering this is not foremost in our minds.We just want a CLEAN,WELCOMING ,WELL-MAINTAINED borough.Is that an unreasonable expectation?! Sonoo Malkani

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