Residents are angry about Harrow Borough Council's plans to cut street cleaning budget

Residents are angry at proposals to cut the street cleaning budget because “streets are already grim”.

Harrow Borough Council is planning a £116,000 reduction in non-town centre sweepers and is cutting £82,000 from the budget to clean residential streets.

The budget, which is set to be approved later this month, will reduce the residential cleaning cycle from once every four weeks to once every six weeks.

Dhiraglal Chauhan, of Argyle Road, North Harrow, said: “The council is trying to cut something every day while putting the rates up which is not fair.

“They don’t care and I’m not happy at all.”

Many people have complained the streets are already a mess and fear the situation will only get worse.

Anna Kotlicka, of Twyford Road, West Harrow, said: “The streets are already really grim. I’m disgusted to walk in certain areas.”

Helen Eaton, of West Street, Harrow-on-the-Hill, said she had noticed a lot more rubbish on the streets recently.

She said: “What’s it going to be like in the summer when it’s hot?

“It will attract rats and foxes.

“And when it is snowing you will get all this stuff mixing up with it.”
However, some residents feel the saving are necessary and agree with the council’s budget.

Car mechanic, Mark Long, who lives on Argyle Road, said: “There is no money and it has to be done.

“The cleaning is one of the least important areas in this financial climate we have to take our punishment and make cut backs.”

Harrow Council’s portfolio holder for environment and community safety, Councillor Phillip O’Dell, said the cuts will make the council leaner, fitter and increase efficiency.

He added: “The council is facing an unprecedented financial situation not of our making.

“We are constantly looking at ways to modernise and transform the council during this very difficult financial climate so we not only improve services but deliver savings.”

However, Cllr Susan Hall, leader of Harrow’s Conservative group, claims that the council is keeping residents in the dark about the cuts for as long as possible.

She said: “The budget gives no details on what specific public realm services would be cut, and portfolio holder Cllr Phillip O’Dell refused to tell me when I asked him at cabinet in December.

Cllr Hall added: “In their manifesto they said ‘look around Harrow… shabby streets, not swept properly… neglect everywhere’, and they said this when our street cleaning had never been better – when many streets were cleaned every three weeks.

“Now they’re going to slash and burn at the budget which funds the very cleaning they claim to value so much.”
 

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5:58pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Elliegirl says...

I must say the borough is looking more and more dirtier every month you only have to look at South Harrow and Rayners Lane on a Sunday as they no longer clean it on that day. It is digusting, the amount of rubbish being dumped is appaling yet we are having our council tax put up this year and they want to cut cleaning the streets i used to be proud to live here !! Not no more most people that used to live here say they are glad they moved away fom here after coming back to visit saying how dirty the borough looks. Sort it out Harrow Council makes us proud to say we live here not ashamed
I must say the borough is looking more and more dirtier every month you only have to look at South Harrow and Rayners Lane on a Sunday as they no longer clean it on that day. It is digusting, the amount of rubbish being dumped is appaling yet we are having our council tax put up this year and they want to cut cleaning the streets i used to be proud to live here !! Not no more most people that used to live here say they are glad they moved away fom here after coming back to visit saying how dirty the borough looks. Sort it out Harrow Council makes us proud to say we live here not ashamed Elliegirl
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1:37pm Thu 7 Feb 13

rabbitz says...

Remember it takes people to make a place dirty! Dirty people make a dirty place you cannot rely on the council to do anything it takes the residents to change things if you see litter set up a group get out there and get involved, Take on the council!
Remember it takes people to make a place dirty! Dirty people make a dirty place you cannot rely on the council to do anything it takes the residents to change things if you see litter set up a group get out there and get involved, Take on the council! rabbitz
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8:29pm Mon 11 Feb 13

Methodman says...

Shopping streets could use CCTV pictures to gather evidence of litter bugs and fine them.
Many of the bins in my local high street are being filled by local traders,quite often it is those same traders that like to use the pavement to display their wares.
Time to crack down on the mickey takers.
Shopping streets could use CCTV pictures to gather evidence of litter bugs and fine them. Many of the bins in my local high street are being filled by local traders,quite often it is those same traders that like to use the pavement to display their wares. Time to crack down on the mickey takers. Methodman
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8:54am Tue 12 Feb 13

jackdaw says...

Why not employ a litter warden and name and shame the people who drop litter in the Harrow Times. If there is belly aching about human rights the reply is "the majority have the right to walk clean streets" The fines would soon start reaping dividends.

The fines should be set high enough to pay the warden and the money left over could go in the Council coffers. The litterers could be given a choice a fine or sessions of litter picking that equals the fine.

Anyone on low income who is fined could pay in installments, volunteer to do a litter pick or should stop dropping litter.

Rabbitz - I am sure the council would welcome resident volunteers doing a clean-up in the streets.

Will we see all of the Borough's Councillors out with litter grabbers, high visibility vests,pink rubber gloves and black plastic sacks because after all they must lead by example and not expect residents to do what they are not prepared to do.

I look forward to pictures of the Councillors' clean up in the Harrow Times. Would they scrub hard at the orange splodges that deface our pavements as this will help motivate the residents.

I await this evemt with eager anticipation Yes, councillors let us make this the year of the broom in Harrow.
Why not employ a litter warden and name and shame the people who drop litter in the Harrow Times. If there is belly aching about human rights the reply is "the majority have the right to walk clean streets" The fines would soon start reaping dividends. The fines should be set high enough to pay the warden and the money left over could go in the Council coffers. The litterers could be given a choice a fine or sessions of litter picking that equals the fine. Anyone on low income who is fined could pay in installments, volunteer to do a litter pick or should stop dropping litter. Rabbitz - I am sure the council would welcome resident volunteers doing a clean-up in the streets. Will we see all of the Borough's Councillors out with litter grabbers, high visibility vests,pink rubber gloves and black plastic sacks because after all they must lead by example and not expect residents to do what they are not prepared to do. I look forward to pictures of the Councillors' clean up in the Harrow Times. Would they scrub hard at the orange splodges that deface our pavements as this will help motivate the residents. I await this evemt with eager anticipation Yes, councillors let us make this the year of the broom in Harrow. jackdaw
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9:10am Tue 12 Feb 13

jackdaw says...

Residents of Harrow West I suggest when the prospective councillors come calling at your doors asking for your vote I suggest you ask them what they will do to deal with the litter.

Will they be out with a broom and a litter picker cleaning the streets of Harrow West?

Instead of pushing campaign litererature through the doors which show pictures of themselves with their various party leaders we expect a picture of the candidate holding a broom.
Residents of Harrow West I suggest when the prospective councillors come calling at your doors asking for your vote I suggest you ask them what they will do to deal with the litter. Will they be out with a broom and a litter picker cleaning the streets of Harrow West? Instead of pushing campaign litererature through the doors which show pictures of themselves with their various party leaders we expect a picture of the candidate holding a broom. jackdaw
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9:13am Tue 12 Feb 13

jackdaw says...

Apologies for spelling literature incorrectly but I am incensed bythe rubbish situation.
Apologies for spelling literature incorrectly but I am incensed bythe rubbish situation. jackdaw
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11:13am Tue 12 Feb 13

DimSum says...

IMHO, its time for Harrow council to speak directly to the residents. Stop them flytipping in the back of everyones gardens. Lets be honest, we know who to blame, they do it in the countries of origin.
IMHO, its time for Harrow council to speak directly to the residents. Stop them flytipping in the back of everyones gardens. Lets be honest, we know who to blame, they do it in the countries of origin. DimSum
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