Sep 12 2011 By David Baker
ANTI-CUTS campaigners have launched a petition in a bid to prevent cuts to street cleaning in Brent.
Brent Fightback has launched an e-petition on the Council website calling for a reversal of the decision to cut street sweeping services.
Campaigner and Green Party spokesman Martin Francis is urging residents to sign the petition and said: "The proposed cuts in street cleaning will mean most residential streets will only be cleaned once a week, down from three times a week previously, and a reduced service on other streets including limits on weekend work.
"The ending of the seasonal leaf service will result in hazardous conditions for pedestrians as leaves rot and will open the council to compensation claims for injuries.
"Cuts in street cleaning will coincide with the introduction of fortnightly residual rubbish collections creating potential health and safety problems caused by excess litter."
Anywhere between five and 50 signatures will earn a considered response form the relevant council department, whilst more than 50 will result in the issue being referred to chair of the relevant overview and scrutiny committee.
If the petition gains more than 2,500 signatures Brent Fightback will be given the right to make a five minute presentation at a public meeting of an overview and scrutiny committee and 5,000 or more will provoke a special meeting of the full council.
They ask all residents to sign by going to www.brent.gov.uk/epetitions