We want a council that listens to local people, cares for the things that they care about, and works to achieve a better Barnet for everyone, even in these challenging times. At the moment this is not happening, and so we have started this campaign to try and make it happen.
Under the Conservative council's 'One Barnet transformation programme' our local services are being put at risk or 'transformed' by being systematically cut or sold-off, or by the council increasing the charges that residents have to pay for their services.
Here are just three examples of 'One Barnet' local service 'transformation':
- the axing of sheltered housing wardens despite thousands of our residents protesting against the proposals
- the closure of Friern Barnet Library despite thousands of our residents signing a petition against the proposal
- the increase, by up to 300 per cent, of parking charges and permits in one go despite thousands of our residents signing petitions against the proposals
The next stage of the 'One Barnet' programme is the plan to gamble £1 billion of council tax payers' money by selling-off 70 per cent of critical council services like planning, licensing and environmental health to the private sector. This is being done with minimal scrutiny by councillors, and with no consultation of local residents, and it is is due to be completed by the end of this year.
Once sold-off, your council services will be tied-up in 10 year contracts with no direct control by you or your elected councillors, who will have limited ability to save these services if anything goes wrong.
The Conservative councillors running Barnet council have NO Plan B.
Our goal is to try and stop the council's 'One Barnet' programme which affects every single person living, working and studying in the borough.
We have until the end of the year to try and stop the 'One Barnet' decimation of our local council services.
You can help by sharing your experiences of Barnet council, your local campaigns, and your ideas of how you would like Barnet to be. We want to use this resource to help build better alternatives to 'One Barnet'.
We hope you will join us to create a Better Barnet.