Today the Ealing Conservative Group (of councillors) issued a press release saying:
Ealing’s streets continued to get even cleaner in March, with the best figures yet from inspectors being released today. The monitoring figures reveal that in March 2008, 94% of the Borough’s streets were cleaned to ‘Grade A’ standard. This is up from 81% in the same time last year, and just 58% when monitoring began in October 2006. The figures also show that every part of the Borough is very much cleaner than it was under Labour. Not a single ward falls below 90% ‘Grade A’ standard.
The previous Labour administration did not bother to independently monitor street cleaning performance of the contractor, so there are no comparable figures available in months before October 2006. However inspections undertaken by the Audit Commission four years ago revealed that Ealing officially had the dirtiest streets of all London’s 33 Boroughs under Labour.
Cabinet Member for Environment and Street Services, Cllr Will Brooks said the spectacular improvement in street cleaning was a result of the Conservative administration’s extra investment and emphasis of performance management. He said:
“Ealing is a much more pleasant place to live now we have gone from having the dirtiest streets in London under Labour to some of the cleanest. It is especially pleasing that every part of the Borough has benefited from the increased investment and improved management. The challenge is now to keep the streets clean and ensure that no part of Ealing is again left in the state of filth and disregard that Labour left us with.”
The town does seem to be cleaner. Yeah! The formula is quite simple. If you are paying a contractor then insist they do the job properly. People wonder what London would be like under a Boris mayoralty. Like Ealing!