THE new Labour administration at Brent Council is set to slash Brent's street sweeping and bin collection budget by a massive £1.2million pounds.

This cut comes as part of the waste and street cleaning review being undertaken by Brent Council's Labour bosses.

They have yet to unveil details, but I fear this could include moving to twoweekly bin collections or cutting street cleaning.

Recently, Labour Councillor James Powney said he was concerned about Brent's rat problem and tried to blame residents for this, but surely moving to twoweekly bin collections or cutting back on street cleaning may make the problem worse?

The Liberal Democrats worked hard to make Brent cleaner, greener and safer, investing to ensure Brent's streets were swept and maintained to a high standard of cleanliness. It would be a shame to lose the progress we've made.

According to the council, proposals are likely to go before the August executive meeting, I sincerely hope if Labour do propose significant changes to the way waste is dealt with in Brent that they make sure residents are consulted first.