Brentwood Lib Dems - action as part of The Brentwood Accord

July 20, 2014 9:49 PM
Accord

Cllr Barry Aspinell with deputy leader and fellow Accordant, Cllr William Lloyd

Just over five weeks ago, the Liberal Democrats on Brentwood took power at Brentwood council with Brentwood First, Labour and an independent councillor as part of the Accord with Cllr Barry Aspinell as Leader of the Council.

Since then, it's been pretty hectic so please accept our apologies for the radio silence....this is what we've been doing since:

  • Started a plan of action on potholes that begins with meeting with the Tory leadership at Essex County Council.
  • Started the process to give food waste bags to all residents for FREE and for a textile waste collection.
  • Discovered that the Tory administration refurbished the Hutton Community Centre despite £100,000 worth of repair work is needed to the roof...and have now ordered an emergency safety investigation...
  • Preserved heritage buildings such as Old House with the intention of refurbishing them
  • Re-couped £16,000 of public money that the Conservatives failed to claim on billboard advertising revenue
  • Made sensible decisions on managing public assets to put tax payers' money back in the bank
  • Taken a fresh approach to the proposed William Hunter Way scheme with a full resident consultation leading the way, not a developer
  • Opened up council workings in a properly transparent way removing the need for Freedom of Information requests
  • Introduced a "complaints amnesty" for staff to present current complaints for proper investigation, allowing the council to learn from mistakes made without the fear of retribution for staff
  • Restored democracy and focused decision making to the council chamber
  • Advanced the Town Hall transformation project
  • Identified multiple affordable and social housing schemes
  • Introduced a new parking scheme that is better value for residents and shoppers
  • Introduced a three month night time car parking charge to balance the night and day parking charges
  • Launched investigations into monies that have been mis-spent by the previous administration
  • Begun an entrepreneurial approach to council resources to provide much needed funds for front line services
  • Informed all the staff to call Accord members by the first names rather than their official titles and opened up the door of the Leader & Deputy Leader's office for an open and transparent way of working
  • Introduced a six-monthly staff satisfaction survey to inform the leadership of how the staff feel their contribution is recognised and how they are delivering for the people of Brentwood
  • Introduced committees that are focused on specific areas of the council meaning you get the right people making the right decisions
  • Appointed appropriate councillors (usually ward councillors) to working groups on William Hunter Way, Crossrail, Member/Officer Communications/ Members Casework, the Local Council Tax Support Scheme, IT Resilience and Business Continuity, Budget Scrutiny and the Community Safety Partnership Annual Review
  • Re-structured the senior management team to provide Brentwood with a Chief Executive once again
  • Introduced a cross-party front bench of councillors, giving you the best of everyone and the worst of no one.

...and that is just five weeks work!

You can read more on www.brentwoodaccord.co.uk.