Feb 24 2011 Harrow Observer
BRENT Council's opposition group has released an alternative budget ahead of a meeting when the borough's cuts will be decided.
The Labour-run local authority is planning to shut six libraries in the borough, close the Welsh Harp Environmental Centre and increase parking charges by up to 300 per cent.
But Brent's Liberal Democrats say they have found ways to save the libraries by not replacing the director of housing, who retires this year, reducing the administration costs of the neighbourhood working scheme, and removing London Weighting from Hay Grade salaries.
It also proposes to save the Welsh Harp Environmental Centre and decrease charges for parking permits by reducing spending on council away days, consultants and town hall redundancies.
Councillor Paul Lorber, leader of the Liberal Democrat group, said: "By cutting out more unnecessary expenditure from the council, reducing the number of senior officer positions and cutting senior officer pay, we've been able to suggest a way of keeping local libraries open next year."
The budget setting meeting for Brent is on Monday, February 28, from 7pm at Brent Town Hall, in Wembley.