In his speech on the corporate plan the Conservative group leader, Jason Stacey, pulled up the new administration on their performance on street cleaning.
The council’s benchmark for street cleaning is that at least 90% of roads inspected in a ward should be rated A – this is means that effectively you cannot really see any rubbish or detritus. In the four months before the local election the previous administration managed to get every ward in the borough over this hurdle. It was important to us. It was what we set out to do. Cllr Stacey shared figures with the council showing that 12 wards (Cleveland, Ealing Broadway, Ealing Common, Elthorne, Greenford Broadway, Greenford Green, Hobbayne, Lady Margaret, North Greenford, Northfield, Northolt Mandeville and Perivale) failed to meet the standard in June.
The new man responsible, Cllr Mahfouz, pronounced himself “livid”. Quite right. The Tories did manage to clean up the borough but I can’t tell you how much effort it took. Anyone who thinks that you just draw up a contract and sit back seriously underestimates the task. You have to keep endlessly hassling to get what you want and it is only by prioritising the hassling, which to their great credit Cllrs Stacey and Emment did, that you get the result. Maybe it shouldn’t be this way, but it simply is. Cllr Mahfouz needs to keep up the pressure. Tedious but necessary.