Mirror Mirror ...Who's The Cleanest?
Ealing's street cleaning row..Councillor Bassam Mahfouz responds
I can fully understand why Cllr Stacey is distraught by the fact that this Labour administration have achieved in a few months something he didn't achieve in four years and with numerous portfolio holders supporting him for this area... Over 90% top grade streets across the borough in October, the first time this target has been achieved in what he knows is a difficult month.
Whilst we know that anything under 100% means that there is room for improvement. With 54 extra street cleaners in addition to our regular team of 180 alongside additional mechanical cleaners, we are putting the investment to ensure we achieve the best possible ratings for all of our streets.
The figures he refers to have been made available to him, whilst he held onto them like a closely guarded secret whilst he was in control. No wonder he didn’t publish them last October when he and Cllr Emment were in charge of cleaning our streets. Then only two of the 23 wards across the borough achieved 90% of streets at top grade, with six wards not even achieving 80% (including three in central Ealing: Cleveland on 68%, Northfield on 78% and Walpole on 69%). A miserable result for the borough and one he didn't wish to share with anyone. The borough’s results for this October draw a marked improvement on where we were only a year ago.
The undeniable evidence shows that our streets are becoming cleaner under a Labour administration and whatever fig leaf Cllr Stacey would like to hide behind, I’m afraid to tell him it has fallen off and revealed the sad truth he has been trying to hide.
Cllr Bassam Mahfouz
What do you think? Is your street cleaning good or could it be better?
17th November 2010