Few other places in London can match our borough’s culture, cosmopolitan, vibrant, and forward-looking character. The opportunities that Crossrail brings will be a springboard to a new phase in Ealing’s prosperity but this needs to be balanced with so many other competing interests. For all our borough’s great opportunities, Ealing faces serious challenges that it needs strong local councillors to confront.
The Labour-run council has stopped listening to residents – it thinks it has all the answers and all the solutions – and this has meant that its forgotten who it serves – namely you, the residents of Ealing.
This has manifested itself in two ways – the practical and the ideological. Practically, it means you can no longer speak to human being at the council; you no longer get notifications of neighbours’ planning applications; your complaints about poor service go unanswered. And ideologically, it means that the simple things – sweeping the streets, collecting the rubbish, mending the potholes – are ignored in favour of vanity projects and increased councillor salaries funded by hikes in Council Tax.
If the Council can’t get these simple things right, how can you have confidence that it’ll make the right choices on the bigger issues.
On 3rd May, you may choose to vote out of lifelong loyalty to a particular party. You may choose to cast a protest vote on national issues. But when the votes are counted and your local councillors elected, your vote will decide one thing: the Council and all the services it provides, such as bin collections, housing, school places, planning, and parking, as well as Council Tax.
So the choice for local residents is clear, if you vote for Conservative candidates we will:
- Reinstate weekly street cleaning & free garden waste collection
The waste and recycling changes have been a disaster. Many Ealing streets are now being fully cleaned as little as once every twelve weeks. Illegal rubbish dumping has increased by over 200%, one of the worst situations in the UK. We will sweep every street at least once a week and we will promote recycling by collecting garden waste for free and by reducing the cost of collecting bulky items.
- Stop ugly overdevelopment that has caused skyscrapers to spring up locally
Resident satisfaction with the Labour Council planning department is at rock bottom. Residents aren’t given notice allowing them to object and the regeneration department works too closely with planning. We will stop monster tower blocks springing up across the Borough, separate the planning and regeneration departments and ensure that planning notifications are posted once again to local residents.
We will build homes that are sympathetic to their surroundings. We will deliver 3,000 genuinely affordable homes that local people can buy with a share of the Conservative Government's £9bn housing fund.
- Fix our broken roads and pavements
Our roads and pavements are in a dreadful state. 1000s of potholes and trip hazards make life dangerous for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. We will identify and repair all dangerous pavements and resurface damaged roads.
4. Stop Labour’s waste and freeze core council tax and properly fund social care
If we win control on 3rd May, we will put in place an emergency budget which will stop the Labour profligacy and waste and restore weekly street sweeping and free garden waste collection, and will sort out our roads and pavements.
Residents deserve better – residents come first!
So on 3rd May, we ask you to give us your support, so that together we can clean up Ealing.
Councillor Gregory Stafford (Conservative)
Leader of the Opposition
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