Lib Dem leader Gary Malcolm on tree pruning inaction in Ealing

By Hannah Davenport

8th Nov 2021 | Opinion

Ealing Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Gary Malcolm
Ealing Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Gary Malcolm

In the last few weeks, Ealing Liberal Democrat councillors and other colleagues have been speaking to residents in our neighbourhood, and the lack of tree pruning has been repeatedly reflected on the doorstep.

Shockingly there are many examples of where the Council's approved contractors have marked the work as being 'complete' and it clearly was not.

I and other Liberal Democrats have raised many of these examples with the Council including trees of Woodstock Road, St Albans Avenue, Agnes Road, Beaumont Road and Fielding Road.

Ealing Labour has always claimed that funding cuts from the central Tory government have adversely affected council services. But surely these contractors who have lied, do not deserve to receive their payments?

In reality, this is just basic incompetence of governance. Ealing Labour only seems to blame other people.

They need to take responsibility for their contractors' inaction or lies.

There are many trees that have now had a works order on them since March 2020 which is shambolic.

Since we uncovered this, Liberal Democrats have campaigned to get the contractor removed. And recently the Council confirmed that they were removing the contractor!

Other management failings by Ealing Labour include dirty streets, missed collections of recycling and household waste, missing graffiti targets, closing recycling centres, and the recycling rates are falling and not increasing.

This lack of managing its contractors effectively means the Council are willfully allowing for a poor service to be given for residents whilst Ealing Council does not know either what their contractors are actually doing or contractors making false claims.

Given Labour's shambolic track record in Ealing, isn't it time to give another party a chance next May in the local elections.


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