A dramatic increase in complaints to Broxbourne Council’s environmental services since a major change to waste collection procedures last October has been put down to ‘teething problems’ by the Council.  The figures, revealed by a Freedom of Information request from the Hertfordshire Mercury, suggest that the problems are far greater.  The number of complaints in the four months prior to the change was 921 but for the four months following the change this rose to a staggering 4702.  The Councillor overseeing the change, Tim Hutchings ,has said that he expects the number to reduce substantially in February and March but there is little justification for this in figures which show that the number of complaints has actually risen each month with the highest number, 1638,  being received in January.

Labour Leader Malcolm Aitken has said that he has never received so many calls about this issue as he has over the period since October and dismissed the claim that these are just teething problems. He told the Mercury ‘You always get teething problems when you run something new but I am afraid that this was more than teething problems’.

This is disturbing on a number of levels. Firstly the inconvenience and distress caused to residents by the failure to deliver a core service and secondly the amount of Council staff time taken handling complaints.  With food waste only being collected fortnightly a further problem is likely to emerge in the Spring and Summer and that is the problems caused by food rotting in bins for up to 14 days.  The Council must have their fingers crossed that we don’t have a ‘barbecue summer’.

400% increase in refuse collection complaints are more than just teething problems

A dramatic increase in complaints to Broxbourne Council’s environmental services since a major change to waste collection procedures last October has been put down to ‘teething problems’ by the Council. ...

The text of the letter which was published in full in the Mercury on 18 February is here:

‘As secretary of Broxbourne Constituency Labour Party I am writing in response to the letter from Brent Cheetham in your January 14 edition. Mr Cheetham has clearly not realised what has happened to the Labour Party since we lost the May 2015 election. Even in Broxbourne, supposedly one of the safest Tory seats in the country Labour Party membership has more than doubled since the General Election. Many of the new members joined immediately after the election, but a whole lot more after Jeremy Corbyn became leader of the Labour Party.

This sincere, popular, moderate and respected leader has the potential to become Prime Minister in 2020. Yes, moderate – read what he actually says, not what Rupert Murdoch’s press wants you to believe.  Our meetings are now attended by four times as many members as used to attend, and our new members are of all ages and from all walks of life but they have one thing in common – they are intelligent, active and fed up with the Tory Party, who have now taken off their gloves and are started showing why they are sometimes called the “Nasty Party”. Our members, new and old, are determined to gain votes from the Tories at the council election in May this year, and then in the General Election. Our website is thriving, see  www.broxbournelabour.org.uk.

Have look in the Mercury in which Mr Cheetham’s letter appeared – you will see that Malcolm Aitken, Leader of the Labour Group on Broxbourne Borough Council, is right there speaking up for working people, homeless people, disabled people, people who are threatened with redundancy, all the people that this cynical Government pretends to care about but clearly does not.

Was Cheetham in the council chamber when the mayor rebuked Labour councillor Neil Harvey for “bringing politics into the council chamber”? The Tory council would obviously rather not be reminded that their Government’s policies are having negative effects locally even in this prosperous area. And it’s going to get much worse’

Have no fear, Mr Cheetham, democracy is alive and well in the Broxbourne constituency in the form of the Labour Party’

Kathy, our Party Secretary, has letter published in the Hertfordshire Mercury

The text of the letter which was published in full in the Mercury on 18 February is here: ‘As secretary of Broxbourne Constituency Labour Party I am writing in response...

On 22 February Kathy our Branch Secretary and Nick our EU Referendum Champion attended an East of England Labour meeting in Harlow on ‘Labour In for Britain’ with East Of England MEP Richard Howitt.   Kathy and Richard are in the picture but Nick is out of shot.Howitt_Harlow.jpg

Kathy and Nick attend ’Labour In’ briefing

On 22 February Kathy our Branch Secretary and Nick our EU Referendum Champion attended an East of England Labour meeting in Harlow on ‘Labour In for Britain’ with East Of...

Broxbourne Council’s ‘Broxbourne Plan’ which sets  out  to provide a ‘vision’ for the development of the Borough from 2016 to 2031 has been delayed.  This means that consultation is now expected to take place in July and the plan handed over to the government next year.  The government has said that they will step in if plans have not been submitted by March next year. 

An outline of the plan was produced last year and can be fund here:  https://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Planning/151012LocalPlanDocOct15_NEW.pdf

 

The Broxbourne Local Plan suffers delay

Broxbourne Council’s ‘Broxbourne Plan’ which sets  out  to provide a ‘vision’ for the development of the Borough from 2016 to 2031 has been delayed.  This means that consultation is now...

Only 18% of solo buyers and 42% of couples in Broxbourne can afford the average property price of 265,000.  These figures are based on a survey by Savills estate agents and are calculated on the basis of buyers having a 20% deposit and securing a mortgage worth four and a half times their salary.

The situation in Broxbourne reflects a wider national crisis as the average property is not affordable to solo buyers in 95% of the country.  

The full story is available from the Hertfordshire Mercury website:  http://bit.ly/1XzfJmc

 

Home ownership is out of the reach of the majority of Broxbourne residents

Only 18% of solo buyers and 42% of couples in Broxbourne can afford the average property price of 265,000.  These figures are based on a survey by Savills estate agents...

With the EU referendum looking very likely to be held in June the East of England Labour Party is holding a series of Referendum Briefings for members across the region.   Members are very welcome to attend.

At the briefings they will go through the message of the Referendum/general politics of the campaign along with Richard Howitt MEP. The dates and locations of the three briefings are as follows:

 Monday 22 February, 7.15pm – East of England Labour Party, Unit 1 Whitehall Estate, Flex Meadow, Harlow, CM19 5TP

Thursday 3 March, 7pm - Bedford Quakers, 5 Lansdowne Road, Bedford, MK40 2BY

Friday 11 March, 6pm - Norwich Labour Party, St Mark's Hall, Hall Road, Norwich, NR1 3HL

East of England Labour Party holding EU Referendum Briefings

With the EU referendum looking very likely to be held in June the East of England Labour Party is holding a series of Referendum Briefings for members across the region....

The meeting is being held at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt at 7.30pm on 25 February.  The guest speaker is Vaughan West who will speak about the implications of the Trade Union Bill.  All members are welcome.

Next Broxbourne Labour Meeting will be on 25 February

The meeting is being held at Wolsey Hall, Cheshunt at 7.30pm on 25 February.  The guest speaker is Vaughan West who will speak about the implications of the Trade Union...

Hoddesdon marked Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January, with a ceremony at the Spotlight Theatre.  Holocaust Memorial day is an international day of remembrance to commemorate the murder of Jews and other groups in during the Second World War as well as other atrocities including Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda. 

A report and pictures of the event can be found here: http://bit.ly/1PCvt1w

Hoddesdon remembers victims of the Holocaust and other atrocities

Hoddesdon marked Holocaust Memorial Day, on 27 January, with a ceremony at the Spotlight Theatre.  Holocaust Memorial day is an international day of remembrance to commemorate the murder of Jews...

The meeting will be held at the Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR from 7.30-9.30 pm. All members are welcome and there is free parking in front of and behind the Hall.    

The agenda can be downloaded here:  http://bit.ly/20h31tW

The minutes of the last meeting on 26 November can be downloaded here: http://bit.ly/23h3YVH

If you need a lift please ring Roy Wareham on 01992 463553. Please leave a message on the answerphone if there’s no reply and Roy will get back to you soon.

We will be discussing the Local Plan, including gaps and faults in the plan and what our attitude should be. Please come and tell us your views, the Plan will affect us all. If you have a chance, please look at this site before the meeting: https://www.broxbourne.gov.uk/sites/default/files/Documents/Planning/151012LocalPlanDocOct15_NEW.pdf     

 We will also vote to nominate Labour’s candidate for Police and Crime Commissioner in our area from a short-list which will be available at the meeting.  If you were not a member before 20 April 2015, we regret that you are not eligible to stand.

 

Next Broxbourne Labour Members meeting is on 28 January

The meeting will be held at the Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR from 7.30-9.30 pm. All members are welcome and there is free parking in front of and...

There is only a week to to go this day and places are still available for Broxbourne members to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear how we can all help  Labour to campaign and win votes and seats at the Council Elections next year, including how to talk to voters on the doorstep.

An experienced adviser from Regional Office will lead the programme.

Venue: The Labour Hall, Rye Road, Hoddesdon EN11 0JR.

Time: 23 December: 10.30 to 3, including lunch. The day and lunch will be FREE, paid for by Broxbourne Labour.

Members who would like to attend should email Selina please at: selinanorgrove@gmail.com letting her know if you have any dietary requirements.

A week to go to the training day

There is only a week to to go this day and places are still available for Broxbourne members to come and have a sociable day, meet like-minded friends, and hear...

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