Fat Cats avoid the cuts

Press ReleaseThis morning saw the release of a report by The Taxpayers Alliance highlighting the amounts paid to council executives across the country.

Our council here in Hillingdon were shown to have 19 executives paid over £100k per year, ranking number 17 on the list for the highest paying boroughs across the country.

 

Commenting on this, UKIP Hillingdon Chairman Cliff Dixon (Pictured) said –

“Once again, our council are exposed as using taxpayers money in an inappropriate way.

Large numbers of staff on council maintenance teams have been laid off over the last few years leading to crumbling roads, overgrown verges and rubbish problems that have made Hillingdon the rat capital of London.

Meanwhile, senior officers are enjoying levels of pay and generous pension arrangements paid for by the people of Hillingdon who are seeing cuts to services dressed up as ‘efficiency savings’.

How can Council Leader Ray Puddifoot justify such largesse whilst children’s centres are cut, the disabled are hit with withdrawal of council tax benefit and his administration continue to ship our money to projects such as the Lee Valley Park outside of our borough? “

 

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Source material  –

http://www.taxpayersalliance.com/town_hall_rich_list

http://www.getwestlondon.co.uk/news/west-london-news/revealed-west-london-borough-largest-12431255

Cuts to Children’s Services whilst your money goes to the TOWIE set

UKIP Hillingdon Press release – Friday 10th March

 

For immediate release

Cuts to Children’s services whilst your money goes to the TOWIE set

Much has been written recently about cuts to services that our Conservative Council brand as ‘efficiency savings’

Amongst those ‘savings’ are the closure of two childrens centres and cuts to transport for youngsters  with learning disabilities.

Yet last year, Hillingdon Council paid £273,625.08 for the upkeep of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in Essex, with a further £255,316.32 budgeted for this year. *
Commenting on this spending, UKIP Hillingdon Chairman Cliff Dixon stated –

“It beggars belief that whilst cutting services to local residents, Hillingdon Council are sending taxpayers money to one of the most wealthy parts of the East of England, made famous by the reality TV show ‘The Only Way is Essex’.

Whilst I am in favour of upkeep of green spaces for the public good, why are Hillingdon taxpayers doing so for areas away from our borough and perfectly capable of funding such incentives for themselves?

I understand that the money has been mandated by an old Act of Parliament, but why have Hillingdon Council not brought this up and why are the three Hillingdon MP’s who can overturn this legislation in the House saying nothing? “

Once again, Hillingdon taxpayers are not getting value for money whilst our Council sit on their hands and wave such spending through

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Source *  – http://www.leevalleypark.org.uk/en/content/cms/corporate/business-finance/funding/

Hillingdon Council – style over substance?

in-touch-charville-oct-2016I was pleasantly surprised on my most recent walk around Charville Ward in Hayes End to see communication from one of our local ward councillors on the doormats of the residents. This is the first time I have seen this outside of election times – obviously the Conservative polls are telling them that they might have a problem from UKIP at the next local elections as we are visible and helping people!

But let us have a look at what they are actually communicating –

 

 

Road safety improvements for schools

The leaflet trumpets that the Council are spending £1.7 million installing cameras outside schools to keep yellow lines clear. We are all for anything that improves safety for schoolchildren but if they are so worried then why have they rejected out of hand residents petitions for traffic calming near the school in Swan Road in West Drayton? Indeed, in Charville ward where these leaflets were put out we are still waiting to hear about the traffic calming petition heard in January for Langdale Drive, although we recently thanked them for putting up a camera there under the scheme – it would appear it is for yellow lines and not speeding cars though, hence their reticence in engagement.

The more sceptical might conclude that they are more interested in traffic fines than slowing the traffic down.

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Powerday – a resident raises pertinent questions

Regular visitors to this site will be aware of the ongoing issue in Yiewsley and West Drayton regarding Powerday looking to expand their waste processing plant at The Old Coal Yard.

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Residents Associations and local Labour Councillor Jan Sweeting have submitted petitions and organised demonstrations to protest against the possibility with UKIP Hillingdon in full agreement and helping out with the campaign.

Local resident Vladimir Matveev recently submitted a Freedom of Information request after seeing a number of vehicles rolling in to the existing facility, the reply is posted below

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Rumours of our demise have been widely exaggerated

With the media whipping up a frenzy about alleged rifts in UKIP (they have advertising space/newspapers to sell after all), it is business as usual here in Hillingdon.

Residents have again been getting in touch with issues in the area and to this end our teams have been out following up on the streets and trying to improve the local environment.

Road Damage

Cliff canvassing

Last September, our ward rep contacted Hillingdon council about the poor state of the road surface in Goshawk Gardens and Adelphi Crescent, Hayes. The slabs are breaking apart and moving, with the problem exacerbated by the buses that now use the roads – indeed, when buses travel across the slabs the movement can be felt quite violently by anybody standing nearby. This has led to structural damage on a number of houses with plaster cracking and falling off and residents complaining of vibration throughout their houses.

As the road deteriorates, surface noise also increases and many tales of late night disturbance have been relayed.

The Council maintenance team replied in February that a repair had been booked (Ref 4601969/4601978) but no timescale was given. When followed up and the point pressed that a resurface rather than a repair was needed, the maintenance team confirmed that it would only be a repair and no timescale was given.

With the Referendum and GLA elections out of the way, a petition was organised and the team canvassed the area last Sunday (7th August) garnering treble the amount of signatures needed to force the council to address the issue. (Ward rep Cliff Dixon is pictured above with the petition board)

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The spectre of Powerday looms again

The following was distributed this morning by The Garden City Resident’s Association. With thanks to Cllr Jan Sweeting

Powerday

In my last newsletter, I mentioned that Powerday had appealed against the Enforcement Notice issued to the company by Hillingdon Council.This Enforcement Action was required as Powerday was using the Coal Yard site Yiewsley/West Drayton for 24/7 working. This meant that residents living close to this site were continuously being disturbed by noise, pollution and by movements of heavy lorries. Indeed, it is likely that many of you have noticed laden skips and large double trailers going in to the site at all hours of the day and night. It was in order to stop these activities happening at night that Hillingdon Council issued the Enforcement Notice.

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The truth about Hillingdon Council’s ‘Financial Prudence’

Hillingdon council cabinetOur national debt recently exceeded the £1.5 trillion mark – We spend more money in interest payments on the debt annually than we do on defence. Locally, our Conservative Council constantly tell you about their outstanding financial record in much the same way as their national party do at Westminster. ‘Council tax frozen’ is one of their favourite cries, neglecting to mention that Hillingdon levies one of the highest council tax bills in London already.

Their ‘financial prudence’ claims are further tested by the write off of £2.5 million of your money in 2011 in a failed Icelandic Bank, with millions still owing from Landsbanki and Heritable.

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The Housing Crisis – Time to put our community first!

Homes in HayesMuch was made in the recent General Election of the impending shortage of housing in both our area and England as a whole.

In Hillingdon, we have seen an 82% increase in population since 1939 (From 159,000 to 289,000) with the GLA estimating that we will see 316,000 people resident in our borough by 2039. Between 2001 and 2011 alone, the population grew by 30,000, three times the amount that was predicted.

Despite the building of new estates in Ruislip and West Drayton, with another currently underway on the old RAF site in Uxbridge, the shortfall in supply has seen prices to both buy and rent spiral to such a degree that the average age of a first time buyer is now nearly 40 and many of our children are unable to afford to leave home.

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Ray Puddifoot – Strong leader, aloof bureaucrat or poor communicator?

Yesterday I highlighted a number of issues in Charville ward in Hayes surrounding potholes, flytipping and lack of grasscutting on this website. Because of the council website constantly flagging up ‘error’ when reported, I wrote the post and as stated sent a link through to relevant people by email to address the problems.

Romney Rd alleyway H3 dumping 2Those people included the three ward councillors, the local MP, the councillor listed as being responsible for heritage and environment and the council leader, Ray Puddifoot MBE.

Below is the email that I sent

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More Taxpayers money spent on Council self-promotion

hillingdon council noticeA freedom of information request submitted by UKIP Parliamentary candidate Jack Duffin has revealed that Hillingdon Council are spending further taxpayers money on propaganda rather than services.

 

It reveals that £8435.54 was spent in 2013/14 on social media, with spend to date in the current financial year at £6389.07.

 

420237_346537172116972_1380866219_nMr Duffin (Pictured left) said, “ Our previous investigations revealed that Hillingdon Council spent nearly £100,000 on their promotional magazine, Hillingdon People, in 2013 – Now we see that they are topping this up with additional spend in on line advertising. Meanwhile, they have cut front line policing numbers and the maintenance teams who look after our social housing. Is this a proper use of local taxpayer’s money?”

UKIP would axe the Hillingdon People magazine and redirect this cash in to front line services such as extra Police officers, street cleaning and the NHS, whilst encouraging more interaction by local councillors with their constituents and engagement with local media outlets to get information out.