Anamul's Blog

  • I am concerned about three things to do with this contract. One is the budget. The conservative Borough Council is proposing to spend £6 million pounds more in the first year of the contract. This is £12 million pounds! On a revenue budget of £28 million! This is likely to bankrupt the authority and divert funds from other essential services. The authority is proposing to spend £3.4 million pounds more, year on year. This is £10.34 million a year plus inflation. This is over a third of our revenue budget.  Over 10 years the cost to the public purse will be in excess of £116 million pounds. This is not sustainable and is not value for money.
  • My second concern is the chosen bidder. Veolia does not have a good reputation in the town for its commercial waste collection. But also – it is a French based company which means profits will be taken out of the town.
  • In my book a good contract is value for money. A good contract has good outcomes- a clean and tidy town. A good contract should contribute to the regeneration of the town by paying good wages to local staff and keeping profits in the town.

The Veolia Contract

I am concerned about three things to do with this contract. One is the budget. The conservative Borough Council is proposing to spend £6 million pounds more in the first...

I represent one of the most deprived wards. People in my ward will be badly affected by this proposal.

They are already struggling with stagnant wages, zero hour contracts, struggling to pay their bills and put food on the table.

They will be caught by a double whammy. An increase in Council tax for all and an additional increase for those on benefit. This hits working families really badly. The increase for them amounts overall to 21%. This is grossly unfair. I urge the portfolio for finance to reconsider his position and come up with a better plan.

Castle residents hit by 21% hike in Council Tax

I represent one of the most deprived wards. People in my ward will be badly affected by this proposal. They are already struggling with stagnant wages, zero hour contracts, struggling...

My speech to the Overview and Scrutiny committee

Thank You Chair,

It won’t surprise you that the Labour Group has some big concerns about pursuing contracting out of environmental services. Northampton Borough Council’s experiment with environmental services has failed since it began almost 7 years ago. As Councillors we all get regular complaints about the state of the town and the piles of rubbish and fly tipping in local communities. Residents have come to Council meetings in recent times to discuss environmental problems in their neighbourhood.  

Can you can remember when the present environmental services contract started? In the first week there was confusion and chaos with missed bin collections everywhere. When the present contract started we were told that there would be a huge leap in performance but the reality is that there has been a huge leap backwards.

What the Borough Council needs to do is set up an in house bid team made up of officers. A bid team could work up proposals to make an in house service become efficient, effective and provide value for money. We should not pursue privatisation for the sake of privatisation. The Labour Group believes the mistakes of the present contract have not been properly learnt. We have learnt the hard way when a company tries to maximise profits by squeezing the workforce.  

Has the cabinet considered running a joint in house service with our neighbours? Such as with south Northants, Daventry and Wellingborough. We need to explore in more detail the option of an arm’s length company set up by the Borough Council.

Please don’t make previous mistakes.  We would like environmental services returned and run efficiently and cost effectively in house. 7 years ago the then Cabinet ignored Labour concerns about the present contract and so please don’t make the same mistake.

Environmental Services

My speech to the Overview and Scrutiny committee Thank You Chair, It won’t surprise you that the Labour Group has some big concerns about pursuing contracting out of environmental services....

It was brought to our attention, by our fantastic PCSO, about the problem of overgrown trees in Spring Boroughs Pocket Park.  Previously it was maintained by the residents but for a variety of reasons this was no longer possible and the Pocket Park was handed back to the Borough Council. This happened some time ago.

Overgrown trees are problem in our town and Spring Boroughs Pocket Park clearly shows this. After much persuasion over a period of six weeks we have got one tree cut back and now there are three more trees to scale back in the near future.  Overgrown trees are a bit of a hazard as people can trip over long branches, slip on wet leafs and they block day light. Our Labour colleague Cllr Julie Davenport has been regularly highlighting the problem of overgrown trees at Council meetings.

We need to have better CCTV in the Spring Boroughs Pocket Park to act as a deterrent against anti-social behaviour but this is not possible for the time being because the overgrown trees are blocking the view of the camera. We don’t want it to be a magnet for fly tipping and low level anti-social behaviour at night time.  

Spring Borough Pocket Park is a fantastic asset for the local community and when it first opened it was well maintained. Couples and families always went there. People still use it and take pride it’s on their doorstep but unfortunately litter and overgrown trees make it a less welcoming place. Pocket parks, like the one we have in Spring Boroughs, are hidden gems in our town. They just need to be maintained properly by us all. 

 

Cllr Anamul Haque (Enam) & Cllr Muna Cali Labour, Castle Ward

Overgrown Tree in Spring Boroughs Pocket Park

It was brought to our attention, by our fantastic PCSO, about the problem of overgrown trees in Spring Boroughs Pocket Park.  Previously it was maintained by the residents but for...

This is the speech I made last night about Hate Crime.

 

Thank Your Mayor,

I am happy to second this motion. Since the referendum there has been much speculation about the future of EU nationals living in this country and British nationals living abroad. Nationally it has been reported that there has been an increase in reported Hate Crime. Various local authorities across the country have taken the step to condemn the reported increase in racism and xenophobia. This Council also needs to take a stance and say people of all nationalities and faiths are welcome in our town.  

We I live I have a few neighbours where from the European Union and they have suffered some racial abuse at work. This was unacceptable. This referendum has given them these people a tool to shout this abuse. This Council needs to do what it can to take a hardline on this.

My Speech on Hate Crime

This is the speech I made last night about Hate Crime.   Thank Your Mayor, I am happy to second this motion. Since the referendum there has been much speculation...

Over the next year or so the Borough Council will be giving serious thought as to what to do about Environmental Services. In 2011 Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District Council signed a seven year deal with Enterprise to run Environmental Services, which includes bin collections. Back in 2011 Labour opposed this privatisation saying it would not deliver a cleaner or greener town. I will let readers make up their own minds whether it has or not.

 

A cleaner and greener environment is better for public health and quality of life. Litter attracts all sorts of vermin. People in the area I represent are fed up to the back teeth of seeing fly tipping on their streets. People want to be proud of the area in which they live but when they continuous see piles of rubbish on the pavement and in parks they find this very difficult. As a borough councillor I spend good amount of my time reporting rubbish and fly tipping, as do my ward colleagues Muna Cali and Danielle Stone.  

 

My Labour Group colleague, Rufia Ashraf has come up with the interesting idea of making a "Litter Free Zone" in St. James.  It is based on the idea everyone working together can make a real difference.  I would like to see every community eventually become a ‘Litter Free Zone’ including those in Castle Ward. The cuts in public spending haven't helped matters. For instance, there is no longer a universal free pest control service, bulky waste collection only a few years ago was free but now you have to pay and opening hours at our waste collection sites have been reduced.

 

So the Borough Council is now wondering what to do with Environmental Services when the present contract comes to an end.  Now is the time to start thinking how we can all make our communities cleaner and greener.

Lets get a better environment

Over the next year or so the Borough Council will be giving serious thought as to what to do about Environmental Services. In 2011 Northampton Borough Council and Daventry District...

Dear Editor,

 It is very good news that the Borough Council are going to be putting more resources into the enforcement of law around littering and dog fouling.

Both issues are huge environmental issues for the town. Ward Councillors spend a great deal of time chasing up services to clear our streets. Now we need the borough to take a stronger line on fly tipping and all the sacks of rubbish that are left out all week. Can the council now look at how to tackle fly tipping issues more seriously, and take appropriate action to repeated offenders? You never know.  In time we might stop being the dirty town of the county and become a clean, safe and green town where the signs Welcome to Northampton mean what they say.

A Cleaner Northampton

Dear Editor,  It is very good news that the Borough Council are going to be putting more resources into the enforcement of law around littering and dog fouling. Both issues...

Supporting our Junior Doctors at the Guildhall

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Leafleting with Cllr Cali in our ward.(Castle Ward). Give us a shout if you see us out and about

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A day in the life of Cllr. Haque

Supporting our Junior Doctors at the Guildhall     Leafleting with Cllr Cali in our ward.(Castle Ward). Give us a shout if you see us out and about    ...

Reported damp issues to NBC for a house in Shakespeare Rd and had it sorted out.

Number of fly tipping incidences  reported in October/November was 15

Attended a lobby of Parliament 1/12/15 organised by the City of Sanctuary movement

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Anamul says

Reported damp issues to NBC for a house in Shakespeare Rd and had it sorted out. Number of fly tipping incidences  reported in October/November was 15 Attended a lobby of...

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