This year the Labour council will bring an end to their free rat catching service by introducing a new charge of £25.
They are also increasing the cost of pest control in other areas, putting up the cost of dealing with mice for those on council tax benefit from £60 to £75, a 22% increase.
Lib Dems have criticised the move saying it will cause more problems than it solves.
Lib Dem Environment spokesperson Councillor Mahmood Hussain said:
“This is a false economy. A growing rat population affects everyone. For every person that is put off reporting rats by this new charge, rats will spread further and faster across the Borough.
“Mice are a growing problem for residents too and it can often take two or three visits before they are cleared from your home, landing you with a bill of hundreds of pounds.”
“Just like their u-turns over parking charges and the living wage last year, it wouldn’t cost Labour much to reverse these bad decisions and back the priorities of residents.”
Lib Dem Leader Councillor Bob Sullivan said:
“Lib Dems will be finding money in our alternative budget to show that the Labour council could cut charges for mice and keep the rat service free if they wanted to.”
Plans have been received by the Council to redevelop the Marsh Lane playing fields.
The development proposals are:
To construct a new pavilion building, comprising new changing rooms and community facilities following the demolition of the existing pavilion.
The football pitches will be relaid and marked out.
The existing basketball court will be resurfaced and flood lighting will be installed.
There will be relocation and remodelling of existing play space and the introduction of an additional play area.
There will be a new car park accessed from Seymour Road and the footpaths will be resurfaced and extra lighting erected.
The funding for this will come from the money given by the Olympic Delivery Authority for the use of Drapers Field till 2013 for a warehousing facility. This, along with other funds, will go someway to alleviate the loss by residents, clubs and schools of Drapers Field.
Despite all their proud boasts that Waltham Forest is an Olympic Borough, and with hire charges overall increasing by 3 to 5%, hire of sports facilities is set to soar:
- School hire of football and cricket pitches – up 12%
- Saturday pitch hire – up 23%
- Leyton cricket ground – up 25%
- Running a school sports day – up 25%
This is on top of selling off Drapers Field to the Olympic Authority for nearly two years. This is a direct attack by Labour councillors on sport in direct contrast to their claim of ‘more investment’ in sports.