Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Council £8m Overspend

Many residents are rightly worried about the eyewatering £175 billion budget deficit for 2009 created by the Labour Government, saddling the UK with huge debts for years to come. Worryingly for Bow Residents, this financial mismanagement is mirrored by the Labour run Tower Hamlets Council with a needless overspend.

Tower Hamlets Conservatives have regularly exposed Council waste, while this Labour Council is busy spending taxpayers’ money on even more advertising campaigns. Council officers have now told the Labour Party that the Borough is in a serious financial position and presented an urgent report showing that the Council is forecast for an £8m overspend.
* Council propaganda rag: Eastend Life's shortfall in advertising revenue accounts for £280,000.
* The rent on the council offices in Mulberry Place is an £800,000 overspend.

This is equivalent to a 12% increase in Council Tax, unlike the Conservative budget presented by Cllr Tim Archer last year, which was fully costed and would have seen more police on the streets with a freeze in council tax.

With a Council that wants to be involved in everything, it’s no wonder.

Wednesday, 20 January 2010

Police public meetings

Come along and have your say on policing locally. Public meetings are being held across Tower Hamlets to let residents raise any issues with the Safer Neighbourhood Team.

Bow East's meeting is at 6pm at St Pauls Church, St Stephens Road on Tuesday 26th January.
Bow West is the following day (27th January) at 7pm at St Margarets House.

Please do contact me if you can't find details in relation to any other ward.

Saturday, 9 January 2010

Backing Bow Police

Labour’s Justice Secretary, Jack Straw, started the year attacking our police
officers and claiming that the Police are moaning when they complain of too
much paperwork! That is not what residents tell me – they want to see police
patrolling the streets and not stuck in an office filling in forms.

Meanwhile Bow Conservatives continue with their campaign calling for a cut
in paperwork to enable police to get out on the streets and get on with their
jobs.

I chair the Bow East Safer Neighbourhood Team Ward Panel, and see first hand what they have to face. Bow police do a fantastic job, but face bureaucracy and
targets that stop them from getting out on the streets. I support the
Conservative pledge to cut police paperwork, and help get police out on the
streets to keep us safe.

Friday, 1 January 2010

Happy New Year

Wishing everyone a very happy, healthy, prosperous, and successful new year.

And while it's technically not, a very happy decade!

Obviously I hope that it is the year that we get a change of Government, and also some more Conservative coucnillors in Tower Hamlets.

2010 - Happy New Year!