Revealed: The winners and losers of £54m worth of cuts by Brent Council
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Council bosses have shelved plans to axe some of Brent’s services including street cleaning, CCTV cameras and funding for all youth projects as part of £54million worth of cuts.
But school crossing patrols, Welsh Harp Environmental Centre, Kingsbury Resource Centre, and funding for Stonebridge Playground in Shakespeare Avenue, Stonebridge, will be casualties.
Cuts to respite care will be made but in one rather than the two years proposed.
Other survivors of the cull include The New Millennium Day Centre on Robson Avenue, Willesden, services to rough sleepers, a council-run leisure sports centre and free swimming.
Homecare services will remain unchanged instead of being halved as proposed and the public’s access to Brent Civic Centre’s front line will remain at five day a week instead of the proposed two.
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This includes Wembley Library which is contained within the building in Engineer’s Way, Wembley.
Plans to charge for bulk waste collection have been binned but the number of times it will be collected for free per household each year will be decreased.
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All 10 children’s centres have also been saved but they face being completely or partially privatised depending on the outcome of a public consultation
Speaking exclusively to the Times, Cllr Muhammed Butt, leader of council, said the decision had been made after following “the biggest consultation Brent has ever seen”.
He said: “The services we provide in keeping people safe and keeping them alive and keeping them off the streets is something that people value and it became clear we had a need to keep.
“I want people to be using everything we provide.”
The budget will be finalised at the council’s cabinet meeting on February 23,
A proposal to freeze council tax will be heard at the same meeting.
All plans are expected to be rubberstamped on March 2.