Residential street cleaning and CCTV cameras face the axe in Brent
PUBLISHED: 17:12 14 January 2015 | UPDATED: 17:29 13 February 2015
Brent Council plan to stop clearing residential streets of litter and get rid off the borough’s CCTV cameras as part of swathing cuts across the board, the Times can reveal.
In addition the borough’s young people are set to be the biggest casualties of the cuts as a number of services catering for their needs are either being downgraded or axed altogether.
The town hall has left no stone unturned in its proposals to make £61million worth of savings in the next two years of which £54m will be rubber stamped.
A 320-page dossier details plans to axe all youth services and its funding, close the Welsh Harp Education Centre, draw the brakes on all school crossing patrols and end support for Brent Youth Parliament.
The Youth Offending Service could go, seven children’s centres are earmarked for closure, care packages for the under 14 will come under review, the borough’s PE advisor who helps tackle child obesity is facing redundancy and funding for Stonebridge Adventure Playground will be stopped.
The sick, elderly and disabled are also in the firing line with plans to reduce the amount of time carers spend with them in their home by half to just 15 minutes, and the closure of New Millennium and Kingsbury Day Centres.
Families in Brent face paying to watch the previously free fireworks display at Roundwood Park in Willesden, parking charges may be increased and funding used to help residents make their homes more energy-efficient could be stopped.
Brent Council claim a slash in their funding from central government has left them with no alternative but to make the cuts.
The council are currently holding a number of public consultation events where residents can have their say on what should go however Cllr Muhammed Butt, the leader of Brent Council, told the Times 90 per cent of the proposals will go through.
He added: “The changes we are facing are horrendous. We are not going through the motions by having public consultations.
“I need people to understand what we are facing and the severity of the cuts we are facing.”
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