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Street cleaning slips

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.

5 replies on “Street cleaning slips”

Arresting the squalor was a major achievement by the Conservative council not only in residential roads but notably in town centres such as West Ealing which were becoming places to visit less frequently or even to shun. I hope that the new council leader Julian Bell will adopt Jason Stacey`s strategy of unpredictable visiting of local streets and parks to see how maintenance is progressing which helps to keep council officers on their toes, particularly with monitoring of contractors.

Phil

Be interesting to know when a street is a dirty street and not a dirty street. By which I do not mean what I see, but by what the contract says.

Under Street cleansing frequently asked questions all that catches my eye is “All streets are given a deep clean monthly”. Oh yes. What does that mean in contractual terms? And all streets??

So are there some documents on the website which give a full idea of what the contractual terms are and for which you can give the link (because I certainly cannot find it), or is that something which the Coalition will bring about which they mentioned recently?

P.S. Robert Darke is quite right too.

Thanks

Phil

Page 11 of AR for August does not seem to tie up with what you have said.

Frankly I have not seen improvements.

What do you think about this latest claim?

I have been told that there are a lot of people employed in Ealing Council who are meant to run and look after the contracts and the contractors. If there are such problems in controlling the contractors to give us clean streets then surely the problem lies in the permanent staff in Ealing Council and not in the councillors who monitor this process. Why then are there not staffing changes made within the council to ensure that the people running these contracts are running these contracts properly? Surely if these people are not good enough to do these jobs they should be replaced by people that can do them?

What I am trying to say is that with so many directors, a chief executive, and even some people executive directors, should not these people who get a lot of money be responsible for the staff who manage these contracts and take action to make sure that they are implemented. Surely it is time to change some of these people if things are not running right?

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