Redbridge Labour have published their budget proposals, welcomed by Wes Streeting as "a greal deal for Ilford North".
Their amendments to the Redbridge budget, which will be discussed at this Thursday’s budget meeting of Full Council, will reduce the number of council committees and reform the planning system, generating savings that can be ploughed into services for residents.
If agreed, Labour’s budget proposals – which include a freeze on Council Tax - will deliver: free bulky waste collection, a return to weekly street cleansing, 30 minutes free parking on high streets to support local businesses and targeted police powers for enforcement officers to clamp down on litter, fly-tipping and dog fouling.
These proposals, which cost a total of £716k, will be funded by:
- Abolishing area committees
- Abolishing Regional Planning Committees and transferring their responsibilities to a more powerful Regulatory Committee to improve the quality of planning decisions
- Saving £100k per year wasted by the Tories on their temporary pool plans
Labour Group Leader Cllr Jas Athwal (pictured above) said: “Because of the cost of living crisis we’re experiencing, Labour is committed to keeping Council Tax frozen, so we’re proposing the biggest shake-up of the Council’s bureaucracy in living memory to fund services that residents value. Our proposal will cut 72 committee meetings saving £705K including cutting £40K of councillor allowance.
“The Tories have been in power for too long and are making wrong-headed decisions. We’ll reverse their cuts to street cleansing, introduce free bulky waste collection, give our enforcement officers targeted police powers to clamp down on litter and fly-tipping and we’ll support our local high streets by introducing 30 minute free parking. I want residents to know that if the Tories vote against our plans, a Labour-run Redbridge Council will introduce them after the elections in May.”
Ilford North's Parliamentary Candidate and Labour Group Deputy Leader, Cllr Wes Streeting, said: "I'm delighted that the Labour Group has come up with ideas that are affordable and will make a real difference to the public. I particularly welcome the package of proposals that will deliver a higher uniformed presence on our streets to tackle fly-tipping and I think that Labour's plans for 30 minutes' free parking on every pay-and-display meter across the borough will help local businesses.
"We know that these are difficult times for residents, so we're proposing to maintain the Council Tax freeze. These proposals that Labour can be trusted to make tough, but fairer, choices about spending in Redbridge."
The Labour Group's proposals, which also include a permanent swimming pool, will be voted on by councillors at Full Council on Thursday.