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View from the chamber: Families need to live in a safe area

PUBLISHED: 08:00 04 August 2018

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Crime is sweeping through the whole of Brent. Houses are being burgled daily, violent crime is striking in all wards leaving people scared to come out.

Our council tax will no doubt rise again – rumoured by six per cent, bringing hardship to poor people and the elderly who are finding it harder to support themselves. There are rising costs on gas and electricity and now the council tax. When will the Labour group start fixing our potholes? Rubbish is being dumped all over Brent.

Then look at our parks and streets - a mess. Just to save more money. My motion was put forward in the last council meeting to mow the grass. Labour councillors voted against the motion.

After all the negativity in the borough there is one thing the council has got right, that is house building. Brent has built homes for people to live in, although I would have liked to see more houses with gardens so that young families can grow up safely within their own back yard. Still no sign of assisted housing to encourage more teachers, doctors and nurses to come and live in the borough. It is all very well building houses for the residents but what about their everyday needs. We owe it to the young people on our estates to protect them and make their lives safer and reduce the rising knife and gun attacks.

We need to invest more in the police, so they are not spread so thinly across the borough and are able to do their job successfully.

We must be more alert to what is happening in our parks and take heed of what is happening on the continent with all their grass. Long grass is inflammable and dangerous in these hot temperatures.

Act now!

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