At the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee, Liberal Democrat Councillor Andrew Steed spoke up to both show how Ealing Council could easily fund a reversal of the redundancy of its only conservation officer, as well as possibly stopping the closure of Pitshanger Lane Library.
In relation to Council plans which will lead to the closure of Pitshanger Library, the Council admitted that they may now wish to continue to site the library at the same location.
Councillor Andrew Steed said: “Liberal Democrats say that Ealing Council plans to either close libraries or reduce the size of our libraries. Labour Councillors made a pledge to volunteer at libraries but when we asked how many hours had each councillor spent helping out our libraries they said they would not tell us! It appears only the Liberal Democrats want to invest in Ealing’s education.”
Conservation Officer removal:
This would leave Ealing with no Conservation officers and given the large number of conservation areas it makes sense to increase Council Tax on empty properties and use the revenue to keep our experienced Conservation Officer.
Councillor Andrew Steed said: “Liberal Democrats say that Ealing has many historic buildings, be they domestic or part of our industrial heritage, and it is wrong that the post will disappear. The Council said that the role will be shared amongst existing officers but given the specialist knowledge of Conservation related decisions, Liberal Democrats feel that the borough will be worse off without the officer.”