Roads will be ‘dirtier’ according to opposition councillors after it was confirmed street cleaning services will be cut by £172,000.

Harrow Council’s Labour administration’s reduction in funding - a reversal of the extension of street cleaning introduced by the previous Tory administration - was confirmed by council leader Councillor David Perry at a full council meeting last month, and it has since emerged that six redundancies are to follow.

Conservative opposition leader Councillor Susan Hall said: “Whenever Labour look to make cuts they always seem to go after services like street cleaning first, against the wishes of Harrow residents and despite knowing it will make Harrow dirtier.

“It’s also so disappointing after the extra investment the Conservatives put into street cleaning had started turning things around.”

Last year, while the Conservatives were in power, a quarterly strategic performance report published by the council providing an analysis of how the authority’s decisions impact on the borough revealed that previous Labour cutbacks on environmental spending saw littering double, while major reductions in road sweeping and graffiti removal were also noted .

Labour, elected in May, also confirmed it would be cutting £100,000 of funding previously assigned to Ms Hall’s Neighbourhood Champion’s project, designed to encourage local people to identify problems on their street and report them to the authorities.

This includes litter or fly-tipping hotspots as well as crime, and the scheme boasts more than 1,000 members.

Ms Hall added: “It’s a terrible decision because that funding was going to do wonders for the scheme, but it’s also deeply insulting to over 1,000 residents who are already Champions.

“Labour are essentially telling them that what they do isn’t valued enough, and are keeping them in the dark about what the future holds.”

The cuts are expected to come into effect in April 2015.

Councillor Varsha Parmar, Labour’s cabinet member for environment, crime and community safety, said: “The national Tory Government has imposed £75m of cuts over the next four years on Harrow Council, and our residents. These Tory cuts means that we’ve had to prioritise cleaning in the busier area’s of the borough like shopping centres.

“We want to work with residents to ensure that the most vulnerable are protected from these vicious cuts, and that as many services for residents as possible are kept running.”

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