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Residents tell me they are fed up with the council getting its priorities wrong

April 11, 2014 4:50 PM
By Councillor Jack Cohen in Barnet Press

Councillor Jack CohenTHIS is my last column before the local elections next month.

The first thing the Conservatives did four years ago when they were returned to power was to award themselves a 54 per cent increase in allowances.

The last thing they have done is cut the funding to Mapledown Special School, in Cricklewood. This means the school has had its budget for vital after-school clubs and half-term playschemes slashed by 25 per cent.

It sums up the way this administration has run the borough for the past four years.

Yes, it is cutting council tax by 21p per week per household, but, as I warned before, this gimmick will prove costly.

And is it a coincidence that the school is in Cricklewood? This council has shown a complete disregard for the people of Cricklewood.

Look at its record - voting to take away green and open spaces, voting through inappropriate development and hitting residents with massive hikes in car parking charges before having them reversed by the High Court.

Residents I speak to are fed up. They say the council is not listening and is out of touch, and they complain that the council has got its priorities wrong.

In my ward of Childs Hill, which Liberal Democrats have represented since 1986, voters recognise the vital role local politicians can play working in partnership with the community.

I believe our record is second to none. That is why we keep getting elected.

And that is our commitment for these local elections. We will be listening, we will give more say to local people and we will ensure our services are protected.