I cannot begin to describe how proud I am that this administration has managed to achieve four zero increases -in its share of the Council Tax - in a row. It was an unprecedented meeting for me and other Councillors in that there was a period when the Council could not agree a budget. But one was eventually agreed and it included no increase for the Council Taxpayer in Hounslow. A recorded vote took place the second time so all residents will be able to see how their Councillor voted.
All of the above has been managed at a time of massive reductions in graffiti, major new investments in leisure, parks & open space, the most major increase in the profile of planning enforcement of any Council, one of the biggest turnaround in complaints management of any Council and the list could go on. There is lots more to do but if I had been offered this in 2006 when Labour were removed from being the administration, I would have taken it with both hands (and feet).
No longer is the London Borough of Hounslow London’s forgotten Borough.
Update: Here is the release from Cllrs Thompson & Andrews.