The truth about Hillingdon Council’s ‘Financial Prudence’

Hillingdon council cabinetOur national debt recently exceeded the £1.5 trillion mark – We spend more money in interest payments on the debt annually than we do on defence. Locally, our Conservative Council constantly tell you about their outstanding financial record in much the same way as their national party do at Westminster. ‘Council tax frozen’ is one of their favourite cries, neglecting to mention that Hillingdon levies one of the highest council tax bills in London already.

Their ‘financial prudence’ claims are further tested by the write off of £2.5 million of your money in 2011 in a failed Icelandic Bank, with millions still owing from Landsbanki and Heritable.

 

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Ray Puddifoot – Strong leader, aloof bureaucrat or poor communicator?

Yesterday I highlighted a number of issues in Charville ward in Hayes surrounding potholes, flytipping and lack of grasscutting on the UKIP Hillingdon website. Because of the council website constantly flagging up ‘error’ when reported, I wrote the post and as stated sent a link through to relevant people by email to address the problems.

Romney Rd alleyway H3 dumping 2Those people included the three ward councillors, the local MP, the councillor listed as being responsible for heritage and environment and the council leader, Ray Puddifoot MBE.

Below is the email that I sent

Good afternoon
As the LB Hillingdon website is once again refusing to allow me to notify issues in Charville ward, please find below a link to said issues that we have highlighted on our website
I would appreciate it if these can be passed on to the relevant departments and email addresses for said departments made available so I can rectify future issues with them directly
A local resident would also like to bring to your attention a skip that has been outside Romney Parade for 6 months and is now a serious rodent hazard. (Pictures attached)
I have copied Cllr Markham in as environment champion at the council
Thanks for your assistance

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Charville Ward by-election result – 27/11/2014

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Labour – John Oswell – 950

Conservative – Mary O’Connor – 929

UKIP – Cliff Dixon – 464

TUSC – Wally Kennedy – 40

LibDem – Paul McKeown – 37

A solid result that confirms UKIP as the third party in Hillingdon. Conservative and Labour flooded the area with activists and councillors, whilst we relied on a small team of volunteers and still took almost 20% of the vote.

It is noticeable that after the count, defeated Tory candidate Mary O’Connor told The Gazette, “It was close enough but no comeback, and that’s life, but I suppose the one thing was that the UKIP vote fell away,”

On the turnout, our vote only declined by a few percentage points in the face of a massive campaign – A sure sign that the local Conservative party are seriously concerned about the rise of UKIP and that they see us as a real challenge to the old establishment two party state in the area