Cabinet 7th December

This Cabinet lasted longer than any I can remember. It was considering some important issues. Shockingly, Cabinet agreed to continue on the path to outsourcing Environmental Services. Albeit with more consultation and more scrutiny. This is shocking because there is no clear evidence to suggest this is the best alternative. Our experience of an outsourced service is that it delivers a terrible service, that it is inflexible, it can't respond to changing needs, that to make a profit it has to squeeze the work force. The result is we have a dirty town. We don't even have a service design! Yet there has been an agreement that it goes out to private tender. This is the wrong way round. Environmental Services covers waste collection, parks, tree maintenance, grounds maintenance. They could all be delivered in different ways-some very locally. I believe NPH should control its own grounds maintenance. Not in the plan was the Living (Foundation) Wage. Yet this was agreed by the Borough sometime ago. Is this going to be yet another broken promise?

Yet another item that caused concern was the news that the Dallington Heath development has been delayed yet again meaning the much wanted and much promised 100 Social homes are not going to be delivered there either. the new proposal identifies a site for 13 new social homes. But what about the promised other 87?

We are desperate for new homes and new council homes. Just look at the increasing number of people sleeping on the streets. Our waiting lists are getting longer and we have dreadful experience of tenants in the private sector being moved on every 6 months! This is a crisis.

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