Thursday, 19 September 2013

Are we over the "Hill" and going to get a more efficient council and cleaner Pinner and roads fixed now?

In the Harrow Observer it is reported that Susan Hall of the Conservatives has taken over the lead in Harrow Council.  How extremely un-professional both Labour and Conservative allowing political wars to take over the council.

Let's hope that Susan Hall gets the birds mess under our bridges cleaned up, and roads like Ashridge Gardens resurfaced. That road has a concrete surface which is cracking up - it looks a real mess!

Also let's hope she sorts out the extremely silly Public Realm Department who merely use the internet reporting forms to pass information on the "their back office".

The Harrow Observer article from their site:

Political coup sees Tories take the reins of Harrow Council

susan hall neighbourhood champion
A CONSERVATIVE-orchestrated political coup has given Harrow Council its first female leader - Councillor Susan Hall.
The Labour and Tory groups combined to vote out leader Councillor Thaya Idaikkadar, and with him his minority Independent Labour administration, at tonight's extraordinary full council meeting at which the two rivals similarly joined forces to suspend several key constitutional powers such as the Mayor of Harrow's ability to adjourn the meeting.
Ms Hall then won the subsequent new vote to take the reigns of power against Labour group leader Councillor David Perry by 31 votes to 24, with five abstentions.  
She told the Observer afterwards: "First female leader of the council? I'm absolutely delighted.
"There's gaps in the budget we'll be looking at. The residents are complaining that the roads are filthy and the parks unkempt.  
"The reality is I want the Conservative vision: a cleaner, safer and fairer Harrow."  
Ms Hall will announce her new cabinet and deputy council leader tomorrow but told the meeting she would honour the arrangement of having opposition non-voting members of the cabinet to stimulate debate and "keep portfolio holders on their toes".  
She and deputy group leader Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane were the two non-voting members on Mr Idaikkadar's cabinet committee of six, and used their position to regularly query and question the minority administration's executive decisions.  
"It's not going to be so funny when we're on the other side," she said after her victory.  
The people of Harrow voted Labour into power in the 2010 local elections with 34 councillors to the Conservatives' 27 before this May incumbent council leader Mr Idaikkadar led a splinter Independent Labour breakaway group who ruled as a minority.  
The electorate now, following tonight's unprecedented mid-term shake-up, have a Tory-run council although both the Conservatives and Labour have 25 members each, with eight for Independent Labour, three Independents, one Liberal Democrat and one UK Independence Party member.
Labour activist Uma Kumran, of Pinner, took to Twitter in wake of the decision and said: "Tories didn't win 2010 election in Harrow. Tonight they're in power in Harrow. #NoMandate."  
Chief reporter Ian Proctor filmed key portions of the meeting, and will be uploaded throughout the day along with all the latest reaction including the announcement of a new Conservative cabinet.


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