Caring for Barnet’s residents and acting responsibly have marked Labour’s first two years at the Council, according to Council Leader Cllr Barry Rawlings.
Cllr Rawlings said: “Labour has brought competence and responsibility to the Town Hall.
“Whether its Liz Truss making reckless tax cuts that supercharged mortgage costs or Barnet Conservatives outsourcing running the Council to a multinational company, voters turned their back on irresponsibility when they chose Labour in Barnet. And Labour have delivered.”
Highlights from Labour’s first two years in administration have included:
The free community skip service helping to tackle fly tipping.
New ward safety walks with the police and council officers to identify crime and grime hotspots.

Community safety pop-up hubs where residents can report local concerns.

A five-year £97 million programme to fix our roads and pavements.

Quarterly deep cleans for our streets.

We are well on the way to having 1,000 new council homes lined up by 2026.

Fixing the defective CCTV we inherited from the Conservatives and establishing a new state-of-the-art control room.

Working with the Met Police to secure the Clear Hold Build pilot for Grahame Park, resulting in more than 300 arrests.

Working with the Mayor of London to ensure our Jewish community can also benefit from the Mayor’s Free school meal programme.

Developed a five-year plan to make Barnet a cultural destination, showcasing our heritage and supporting residents to realise their creativity.

Ensuring there are more than 2,000 new electrical vehicle charging points.

Planting 1,000 trees per year.

A community events and festivals programme including Pride, International Women’s Day, Black History Month and South Asian Heritage Month that is co-produced with residents.
Cllr Rawlings added: “We are delivering all this while keeping council tax more than £300 per year lower for a Band D household than Conservative Harrow and maintaining balanced budgets.”
Cllr Rawlings gave the remarks ahead of the reappointment of Barnet’s cabinet at the Council AGM on 21st May 2024. The agenda for the next two years of the administration include:
A transport strategy that will give residents more travel choices.
A biodiversity strategy that helps Barnet live up to its climate change responsibilities
A parks and open spaces strategy that makes our recreational areas safer and more accessible.
Cllr Rawlings thanked residents and council staff for their role in changing Barnet over the last two years.

He said: “I want to thank my hardworking Cabinet for spearheading the change. But it would not be possible without the dedication of council officers, who often have to do more with less given poor central government funding.

“Most of all I want to thank Barnet’s residents. Every time a resident visits a community safety hub, gets involved in a community festival, or raises an issue of concern with the Council, they make Barnet a better place. Thank you.”

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