THIS IS A CORRECTED VERSION OF THE ORIGINAL STORY AFTER I SOUGHT CLARIFICATION FROM BRENT COUNCIL. (My original impression from the cuts document was that street sweeping in resiential streets would end completely.)
Under proposals rubber-stamped for consultation by the Brent Cabinet weeklylitter picking of the borough's residential streets would end in 2019. At the same time litter bins would be removed. Sweeping of the streets once a week will continue.
Cuts in 2011 LINK reduced residential street sweeping to once a week and Brent Green Party predicted this would make Brent London's dirtiest borough. Now litter picking of our residential streets would be ended completely.
The proposal is listed in the B category of the budget deemed 'difficult' as it would impact on standards of service and prove unpopular. However it could well be implemented as the categories range to D 'most difficult'.
The reduction would require a negotiation with Veolia, Brent's out-sourced supplier of waste collection, street sweeping and parks maintenance.
The ending of the litter pick is a cut of £180,000 and removal of litter bins £70,000.
The timetable would require a decision by late 2018/early 2019 with a communications strategy launched from January-March 2019.
The report does not give details of any job reductions presumably because these fall on Veolia rather than directly on the council.
Proposals affect other environmental areas including reducing parks to a 'reactive' service and the dimming of the borough;s LED street lights.