Review of the Year: September

Beryl and Peter Cursons

New leader of Harrow Council Susan Hall

Royal Mail strike

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In September the wife of a man with terminal cancer who was given a parking ticket as she helped him into a shop said she was ‘disgusted’ by her treatment.

Beryl Cursons, 74, of North Harrow received the ticket while dropping off her husband Peter, who has bone cancer and a shattered spine, at an opticians in Harrow town centre.

Despite a recommendation from the traffic appeals service for Harrow Borough Council to cancel the fine, the authority refused to waive the ticket, but decided to withdrawn the fine after the Harrow Times got in contact.

September was also the month the Conservative group took control of the council at an extraordinary meeting.

Councillors voted for Cllr Susan Hall to become the leader of the council following the removal of Cllr Thaya Idaikkadar.

In the leadership vote, Cllr Idaikkadar’s own Independent Labour group voted for Cllr Hall, giving her 31 votes to Labour leader David Perry’s 24.

Labour and Conservatives said the meeting was necessary and was for the best of the borough.

Members of staff at a the Royal Mail sorting office went on strike in a row over working conditions at the Parr Road depot, off Honeypot Lane.

Up to 50 members of the Communications Workers’ Union took action amid accusations of unfair workloads and bullying and harassment from senior managers.

Royal Mail said they were disappointed at the strike and brought in cover staff to deliverer as many special delivery and tracked items.

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1:17pm Tue 31 Dec 13

Husain Akhtar says...

You have been modest, otherwise 2013 was most disturbing year as far as the local government is concerned:

• The breakaway tiny ‘Independent Labour Group’ snatched the
council administration from Labour with the support of the Tory group
• Few months later the Tories grabbed the council administration with
the support of the ‘Independent Labour Group’ in a highly
controversial process
• Three different council administrations/ cabinets within a short period
and the chief executive of the council resigned

Could it be any worst?
You have been modest, otherwise 2013 was most disturbing year as far as the local government is concerned: • The breakaway tiny ‘Independent Labour Group’ snatched the council administration from Labour with the support of the Tory group • Few months later the Tories grabbed the council administration with the support of the ‘Independent Labour Group’ in a highly controversial process • Three different council administrations/ cabinets within a short period and the chief executive of the council resigned Could it be any worst? Husain Akhtar
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