In 2006 the Tidy Britain Group classed Hammersmith and Fulham as having the fourth cleanest streets out of the all of the thirty three London boroughs. There was an election and H&F’s Conservative Administration then cut the budget by £1.5million (which was revised to a £980k cut in 2008). Now, it seems that people from all sides of the political spectrum accept that there is a problem.
H&F’s beleaguered council officials are naturally defensive when asked to address the issue. But, I also cannot see that any effective work is taking place to deter people from dropping litter or allowing their dogs to foul our streets in the first place.
The problem is made worse by the current state of the work-force. I’m told that the moral of front-line staff is at an all-time low, following cuts in their numbers, cuts to their salaries and cut their terms and conditions. They contrast their cuts with the fantastic salary rises those in charge are getting.
Keeping the streets clean is one of the most basic roles that any council must undertake. H&F Council is failing at this. Letting them know this will ultimately help to address the situation.
Please email me here if you are unhappy with the state of your street. I’ll do my best to get H&F Council to sort it out.