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Every Cabinet member had been asked to find deep cuts - and they were struggling. The Labour Group will meet to discuss the recommended cuts on Saturday November 29th.
Butt told the meeting that he would ensure that new housing in Park Royal will have 50% affordable housing. However members were disappointed that his definition of affordable rent was 80% of market rent - far too expensive for most ordinary Brent families. He was asked to go back to officers and challenge this.
I understand that the issue of Stonebridge Adventure Playground was raised by members unhappy about recent developments over its proposed closure. LINK Muhammed Butt told them that a decision would be made in January.
Other sources suggest that the problem regarding the possible barring of three councillors under the 6 month non-attendance rule may be resolved next week. LINK Cllr John Duffy is due to attend Alcohol and Licensing Committee on Monday afternoon and Cllr Zaffar Van Kalwala Audit in the evening.
Cllr Ahmad Shahzad has been unwell so may be exempted on those grounds.
The problem was caused by the sudden movement of the Full Council Meeting from 17th November to December 8th. This was explained as necessary in order to discuss the Brent Plan which is currently being consulted on. Many feel this an indequate excuse as the Council calendar, including consultations, is set up months in advance.
Apparently last night Cllr Janice Long mystified many Labour Party members by asking Muhammed Butt, rather cryptically, if he was planning to set off the Civic Centre fire alarm.