Labour spent £1 million on Acton’s roads – the Conservatives spent £4.2 million

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Acton road spending comparison

In preparation for CCA’s Acton hustings this Wednesday I thought I would check on the amount of road spending in Acton whilst the Conservatives were in power. See spreadsheet.

I already knew how much Labour has put in during the 2011-2015 period when they have been in charge: £975,618. They only managed to resurface 14 sections of road and pavement. Less than £1 million for three wards over four years. If Labour had spread its £17.5 million of road spending equally across all wards Acton would have got £2.3 million – so Acton has lost of £1.3 million compared to the average ward under Labour.

I went through the old cabinet papers relating to £25 million of Conservative road spending in the previous four year cycle 2007-2011. The Conservatives tackled 91 sections of road and pavement in Acton to a value of £4.2 million. By this measure Acton has lost £3.2 million compared to what was actually spent when the Conservatives were in power.

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Labour’s South Acton councillors misleading on roads

Bollo Lane

The South Acton councillors were either very poorly informed or just plain not telling the truth about road re-surfacing at the South Acton ward forum last Wednesday.

First off Mik Sabiers tried to suggest that the Labour council has spent more on the roads than the previous Conservative administration. Plain wrong. And with his experience of the finances of Ealing Council he should know better. Between 2006-2010 the Conservative administration allocated £25.5 million to roads. The current Labour administration has allocated £17.5 million, a 30% cut.

The councillors also implied, contrary to the official line taken by the council, that they have influenced road spending decisions. These are meant to be taken in an entirely objective way by officers on the basis of an annual condition survey of the roads (with some tweaking to come up with a cost-effective overall programme). Looking at the distribution I have my doubts. Five Labour dominated wards have had more than a £1 million spent on them in the last three years.

The councillors asserted that South Acton had done quite well on road resurfacing. Whilst South Acton may have done better than the other Acton wards it has done really very badly with only three roads having been tackled in 3 years.

The list of Acton roads and footpaths resurfaced under Labour is here:

Acton road resurfacing

Only £503K has been spent in Acton so far. This is £2.8 million less than a fair share of the Conservative roads spend and £1.8 million less than a fair share of Labour’s reduced road spend.

The last chance for Acton to get some road spending before the local elections will be the cabinet meeting on 25th March at which the Labour cabinet will agree the list of roads to share the last tranche of £3.5 million they are planning to spend. Just for Acton to get its fair share of Labour’s reduced road spending they will have to allocate £1.8 million to Acton. Although it is much needed I fear Acton won’t get it.

Labour’s South Acton councillors haven’t got a clue.

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Acton residents not impressed with Hanson’s plans


Some 30 or so residents turned out to protest about the Hanson Concrete Batching Plant off Horn Lane this morning. There has been a plant here since the 1960s but Hanson replaced it without planning permission in 2011. They are now seeking retrospective planning permission. There is a huge problem in the area with PM10 particulate pollution which the council has been tardy in addressing.

The planning application will be heard at 7pm on Wednesday 12th March at Ealing Town Hall. The papers are here.

The planning conditions proposed by the Ealing council planners are disappointing for residents. Although there is a requirement to add additional monitoring of particulates (which Hanson has objected to) there are no maximum pollution limits proposed.

There is a sensible list of noise attenuation measures although it is not clear why Hanson has not simply implemented these already.

The council is considering give the plant ridiculously long operating hours my view: 07:00 to 18:30 hours Monday to Friday, 07:00 to 17:30 hours on Saturday and not at any time on Sundays or Bank or Public Holidays. These should be knocked back to 08:00 to 18:00 hours Monday to Friday and 08:00 to 13:00 on Saturday.

Many residents would like to see this plant go and are extremely angry that it was allowed to be re-built without planning permission in the first place. Hanson really should have known better. The planning committee must at the very least insist that the pollution monitoring and noise control measures are included and furthermore they should restrict the hours of operation of the plant which are currently too long. The plant really shouldn’t be running on Saturday afternoon.

The Horn Lane goods yard is a blight on this corner of Acton and with the arrival of Crossrail we should be thinking of moving this area on, not allowing it to be held back by industrial blight. In the meantime the council needs to do a much better job of policing these businesses.

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