Deputy Mayor’s ward is cleared of dog mess 5 days a week, other wards left without any cleaning
- Street on which Deputy Mayor lives, cleaned twice a day.
Council documents uncovered by Tower Hamlets Labour have shown how a £41,385 contract to clean up dog mess in the borough is used to clean the same 11 streets in Deputy Mayor Ohid Ahmed’s ward every day of the week. The tax payer cash funds a ‘dog fouling removal machine’ which operates the same set route each day, centred around the street where Cllr Ahmed lives.
The route takes in a tiny corner of the borough which is entirely contained within Cllr Ahmed’s ward, with his street being the only one cleaned twice a day. The machine runs the same route 5 days a week, totally ignoring the rest of the borough’s densely populated streets, despite residents increasingly complaining about filthy streets and the Council not dealing with dog mess
Labour cried foul accusing the Deputy Mayor of abusing his powers to ensure the machine only served his area at the detriment of the rest of the borough. Labour point out that the Ahmed’s street is cleared of dog mess 520 times a year yet other streets in the borough get no dog mess removal service at all. They argue that there should be different routes each day based on the need of an area and the amount of people who use it.
The politicians accused independent Mayor Lutfur Rahman of running an “administration defined by patronage and handouts.” Drawing parallels between Lutfur Rahman’s controversial tax payer funded £60k a year chauffeured Mercedes and the deputy Mayor’s £41k dog fouling machine Labour said it looks like the Deputy Mayor got a “bit of a raw deal in terms of toys for the boys.”
When confronted at last night’s Council meeting, the Deputy Mayor had absolutely no answer to the charges that he had recklessly wasted £41k of taxpayer money and totally abused his position for personal gain.
Labour councillor for Bow West, Joshua Peck, who obtained the information, said:
“The Deputy Mayor has really put his foot in it this time. Spending £41,000 to clean up his ward whilst the rest of the borough suffers is a total abuse of his power and a waste of tax payer money. We don’t pay Council tax so that Ohid Ahmed can have his own street cleaned twice every day.
“People in Tower Hamlets should be able to walk around the streets without having to worry about dog mess. They don’t want dodgy politicians who are only in it for themselves.”
Labour’s spokesperson for the Environment, Cllr Helal Abbas, said:
“We all know that Lutfur Rahman’s administration is defined by patronage and handouts but compared to Rahman’s luxury Mercedes it really does seem that the Deputy Mayor got a bit of a raw deal in terms of toys for the boys.”
“People want politicians who’ll work to keep the whole borough clean not just their own little areas. Its stupid decisions like this which make people ask who’s side Lutfur Rahman and his team are on.”