Jagtar Singh Dhindsa: free bulky collections, more dog bins and a crackdown on vacant flats in manifesto

Jagtar Singh Dhindsa: free bulky collections, more dog bins and a crackdown on vacant flats in manifesto

Jagtar Singh Dhindsa: free bulky collections, more dog bins and a crackdown on vacant flats in manifesto

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Labour is promising to bring back free bulky collections, more dog bins and a crackdown on vacant flats, if it wins the Watford mayoralty.

The party, which is the second largest on Watford Council after the ruling Liberal Democrats, has outlined its key pledges ahead of the elections.

It is promising to find land for a new cemetery in Watford and to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder with a council cash-backed scheme.

Read the full manifesto here

Labour mayoral manifesto.pdf

Jagtar Singh Dhindsa, Labour’s mayoral candidate, is also pledged to cut the mayoral salary by 20 per cent if elected.

Watford’s mayor currently earns £65,000 a year, but the package comes to more than £80,000 when pension contributions are added in.

The party’s other manifesto points include campaigning to get the Government to intervene in efforts to modernise Watford General Hospital.

Councillor Dhindsa launched his manifesto saying: "Under Mayor Thornhill the council has lost millions of pounds of our money. Look at the overpayment on £1.3million in housing benefit and the loss of £250,000 development money when she tried to build on Watford Fields.

"She has wasted £500,000 on consultants and is now splashing £4.5 million on The Parade including a bridge to nowhere over the pond that no one wants. These are hard times for local people and she has been reckless in spending taxpayers money."

Liberal Democrat, Dorothy Thornhill, who is seeking her fourth term on May 22, has been the town’s mayor since 2002.

Labour has said if it wins the mayoralty it will use council powers to crackdown on flats above High Street businesses, which are being used for storage. The party said the move would be part of its efforts to ease the housing shortage in the town.

Another initiative it has proposed is bringing back the council scheme where it would collect three bulky items from residents for free. The party argued this would save money in the long run as it would discourage fly tipping.

It has also pledged to install dog bins in residential streets to help reduce the blight of dog mess in the town.

One of the party’s more ambitious promises is to use council cash for a scheme to help first-time buyers secure a mortgage, along the lines of a similar Hertfordshire County Council.

In recent years the county council introduced a scheme that worked with banks to secure mortgages with lower deposits than were available on the market.

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6:02am Sat 10 May 14

trebleywebley says...

Lesson number one , Council workers are council tax payers , Union members
and believe it or not voters , ha ha , another own goal born out of political
naivity
Lesson number one , Council workers are council tax payers , Union members and believe it or not voters , ha ha , another own goal born out of political naivity trebleywebley
  • Score: -1

11:22am Sat 10 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

I have said that if elected as Mayor I will be happy to work with councillors of all parties to implement sensible policies that work in the interests of the town.

I rather like the Labour policy of picking up bulky items from residents. It is something I would be very interested in looking at if elected.
I have said that if elected as Mayor I will be happy to work with councillors of all parties to implement sensible policies that work in the interests of the town. I rather like the Labour policy of picking up bulky items from residents. It is something I would be very interested in looking at if elected. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -8

11:52am Sat 10 May 14

Wacko Jacko says...

You can rely on Labour to spend more money they don't have, raise your council taxes and leave the council budget in tatters just as Dhindsa and his cronies did when last in power.
You can rely on Labour to spend more money they don't have, raise your council taxes and leave the council budget in tatters just as Dhindsa and his cronies did when last in power. Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -3

12:38pm Sat 10 May 14

trebleywebley says...

Perfectly put Wacko Jacko .blow me down with a feather , we thought these were days of austerity and Phil and Jagtar want to spend more money that WBC haven't got
Perfectly put Wacko Jacko .blow me down with a feather , we thought these were days of austerity and Phil and Jagtar want to spend more money that WBC haven't got trebleywebley
  • Score: -3

1:55pm Sat 10 May 14

MaryWatford says...

Please people of Watford do not put this man in charge of our town - sometimes better the devil you know.......
Please people of Watford do not put this man in charge of our town - sometimes better the devil you know....... MaryWatford
  • Score: -6

2:42pm Sat 10 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

Days of austerity? So the LibDems re-line the subway, AGAIN, spend 4.5 million repaving the parade and building a bridge to nowhere, all that money spent on costs going to court over the allotments, need I go on?

I don't know how Labour would do and to be honest I too would be worried if they were elected to power, but holding the LibDems up as a shining beacon of how to do things right? I don't think so.

Time to boot the LibDems out of power and put someone intelligent and responsible in.

I notice Dotty is no longer trying to keep taxes frozen. LibDems, the party of higher taxes.

UKIP, we will try to cut taxes, not just freeze them in Watford. No-one else is trying to do this.
Days of austerity? So the LibDems re-line the subway, AGAIN, spend 4.5 million repaving the parade and building a bridge to nowhere, all that money spent on costs going to court over the allotments, need I go on? I don't know how Labour would do and to be honest I too would be worried if they were elected to power, but holding the LibDems up as a shining beacon of how to do things right? I don't think so. Time to boot the LibDems out of power and put someone intelligent and responsible in. I notice Dotty is no longer trying to keep taxes frozen. LibDems, the party of higher taxes. UKIP, we will try to cut taxes, not just freeze them in Watford. No-one else is trying to do this. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: -6

2:45pm Sat 10 May 14

ancientandageing says...

I like Jagtar
he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems.
His bits are clearly made of Titanium
I like Jagtar he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems. His bits are clearly made of Titanium ancientandageing
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Sat 10 May 14

Nascot says...

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford wrote:
I have said that if elected as Mayor I will be happy to work with councillors of all parties to implement sensible policies that work in the interests of the town.

I rather like the Labour policy of picking up bulky items from residents. It is something I would be very interested in looking at if elected.
Phil Cox said

Days of austerity? So the LibDems re-line the subway, AGAIN, spend 4.5 million repaving the parade and building a bridge to nowhere, all that money spent on costs going to court over the allotments, need I go on?
Oh but you will....
[quote][p][bold]Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford[/bold] wrote: I have said that if elected as Mayor I will be happy to work with councillors of all parties to implement sensible policies that work in the interests of the town. I rather like the Labour policy of picking up bulky items from residents. It is something I would be very interested in looking at if elected.[/p][/quote]Phil Cox said Days of austerity? So the LibDems re-line the subway, AGAIN, spend 4.5 million repaving the parade and building a bridge to nowhere, all that money spent on costs going to court over the allotments, need I go on? Oh but you will.... Nascot
  • Score: 9

6:32pm Sat 10 May 14

Wacko Jacko says...

ancientandageing wrote:
I like Jagtar
he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems.
His bits are clearly made of Titanium
Err, aren't you missing the fact that he was a senior member of the Labour council administration which left the council finances in disarray when they were booted out many years ago. Reminiscent of the last Labour government who left the country's finances in a catastrophic mess and cost us all a bundle. That's the problem with them, they spend money they don't have and raise taxes to dig themselves out of a hole.
Don't believe a word Labour say they're just in it for themselves. Made of Titanium? there's much better uses of that precious stuff, send him to the skip for recycling.
[quote][p][bold]ancientandageing[/bold] wrote: I like Jagtar he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems. His bits are clearly made of Titanium[/p][/quote]Err, aren't you missing the fact that he was a senior member of the Labour council administration which left the council finances in disarray when they were booted out many years ago. Reminiscent of the last Labour government who left the country's finances in a catastrophic mess and cost us all a bundle. That's the problem with them, they spend money they don't have and raise taxes to dig themselves out of a hole. Don't believe a word Labour say they're just in it for themselves. Made of Titanium? there's much better uses of that precious stuff, send him to the skip for recycling. Wacko Jacko
  • Score: -5

6:58pm Sat 10 May 14

ancientandageing says...

Wacko Jacko wrote:
ancientandageing wrote:
I like Jagtar
he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems.
His bits are clearly made of Titanium
Err, aren't you missing the fact that he was a senior member of the Labour council administration which left the council finances in disarray when they were booted out many years ago. Reminiscent of the last Labour government who left the country's finances in a catastrophic mess and cost us all a bundle. That's the problem with them, they spend money they don't have and raise taxes to dig themselves out of a hole.
Don't believe a word Labour say they're just in it for themselves. Made of Titanium? there's much better uses of that precious stuff, send him to the skip for recycling.
BUT YOUR POST DOES NOT RING TRUE
that is according to the council website Jagtar served from 94-98 and then from from 2001 onwards So I fail to see that he was in any way a "senior member" as you say
So why don't you just fess up and admit its just an attack to smear him he was not a leading anything in his fisrt term, more accuratly he was a junior member.
[quote][p][bold]Wacko Jacko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ancientandageing[/bold] wrote: I like Jagtar he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems. His bits are clearly made of Titanium[/p][/quote]Err, aren't you missing the fact that he was a senior member of the Labour council administration which left the council finances in disarray when they were booted out many years ago. Reminiscent of the last Labour government who left the country's finances in a catastrophic mess and cost us all a bundle. That's the problem with them, they spend money they don't have and raise taxes to dig themselves out of a hole. Don't believe a word Labour say they're just in it for themselves. Made of Titanium? there's much better uses of that precious stuff, send him to the skip for recycling.[/p][/quote]BUT YOUR POST DOES NOT RING TRUE that is according to the council website Jagtar served from 94-98 and then from from 2001 onwards So I fail to see that he was in any way a "senior member" as you say So why don't you just fess up and admit its just an attack to smear him he was not a leading anything in his fisrt term, more accuratly he was a junior member. ancientandageing
  • Score: 11

12:06pm Sun 11 May 14

Popeonarope says...

ancientandageing wrote:
Wacko Jacko wrote:
ancientandageing wrote:
I like Jagtar
he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems.
His bits are clearly made of Titanium
Err, aren't you missing the fact that he was a senior member of the Labour council administration which left the council finances in disarray when they were booted out many years ago. Reminiscent of the last Labour government who left the country's finances in a catastrophic mess and cost us all a bundle. That's the problem with them, they spend money they don't have and raise taxes to dig themselves out of a hole.
Don't believe a word Labour say they're just in it for themselves. Made of Titanium? there's much better uses of that precious stuff, send him to the skip for recycling.
BUT YOUR POST DOES NOT RING TRUE
that is according to the council website Jagtar served from 94-98 and then from from 2001 onwards So I fail to see that he was in any way a "senior member" as you say
So why don't you just fess up and admit its just an attack to smear him he was not a leading anything in his fisrt term, more accuratly he was a junior member.
He has the same fixation with racism that you do.
When the cuts came in he was the first to play the race card despite the cuts being across the board and the previous 30 years of funded was forgotten.
Labour, nationally and locally have proven that cannot be trusted with finances and will need to replace a few individuals before any credibility will be restored.
[quote][p][bold]ancientandageing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wacko Jacko[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]ancientandageing[/bold] wrote: I like Jagtar he has worked hard for his constituants for many years, been a loan Labour voice on the council, weathered the slings and arrows of outragous misinformation from the Libdems. His bits are clearly made of Titanium[/p][/quote]Err, aren't you missing the fact that he was a senior member of the Labour council administration which left the council finances in disarray when they were booted out many years ago. Reminiscent of the last Labour government who left the country's finances in a catastrophic mess and cost us all a bundle. That's the problem with them, they spend money they don't have and raise taxes to dig themselves out of a hole. Don't believe a word Labour say they're just in it for themselves. Made of Titanium? there's much better uses of that precious stuff, send him to the skip for recycling.[/p][/quote]BUT YOUR POST DOES NOT RING TRUE that is according to the council website Jagtar served from 94-98 and then from from 2001 onwards So I fail to see that he was in any way a "senior member" as you say So why don't you just fess up and admit its just an attack to smear him he was not a leading anything in his fisrt term, more accuratly he was a junior member.[/p][/quote]He has the same fixation with racism that you do. When the cuts came in he was the first to play the race card despite the cuts being across the board and the previous 30 years of funded was forgotten. Labour, nationally and locally have proven that cannot be trusted with finances and will need to replace a few individuals before any credibility will be restored. Popeonarope
  • Score: -6

5:28pm Sun 11 May 14

#UKMum says...

Free pick-up for bulky items - Erm does the incumbent mayor qualify?
Free pick-up for bulky items - Erm does the incumbent mayor qualify? #UKMum
  • Score: 9

9:14am Mon 12 May 14

garston tony says...

Why should the council be paying to take away someone sofa or whatever that they no longer want? Its their choice to get rid of it not mine!

And dog bins are great but its people not cleaning up their dogs mess regardless of if a bin is in sight or not that is the issue that needs tackling. And what about empty houses, considering the pressure on housing for families isnt that just as if not more important than tackling vacant flats?

And where is the money going to come from for helping out first time buyers? And isnt that just going to help push up house prices further making buying a home even more expensive for everyone including first time buyers?
Why should the council be paying to take away someone sofa or whatever that they no longer want? Its their choice to get rid of it not mine! And dog bins are great but its people not cleaning up their dogs mess regardless of if a bin is in sight or not that is the issue that needs tackling. And what about empty houses, considering the pressure on housing for families isnt that just as if not more important than tackling vacant flats? And where is the money going to come from for helping out first time buyers? And isnt that just going to help push up house prices further making buying a home even more expensive for everyone including first time buyers? garston tony
  • Score: 7

9:47am Mon 12 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

garston tony wrote:
Why should the council be paying to take away someone sofa or whatever that they no longer want? Its their choice to get rid of it not mine!

And dog bins are great but its people not cleaning up their dogs mess regardless of if a bin is in sight or not that is the issue that needs tackling. And what about empty houses, considering the pressure on housing for families isnt that just as if not more important than tackling vacant flats?

And where is the money going to come from for helping out first time buyers? And isnt that just going to help push up house prices further making buying a home even more expensive for everyone including first time buyers?
Well said Tony.

I would like to cost out the service of picking bulky items up at low cost and compare it to the fly-tipping cost that might arise from not providing the service, but apart from that spot on!
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: Why should the council be paying to take away someone sofa or whatever that they no longer want? Its their choice to get rid of it not mine! And dog bins are great but its people not cleaning up their dogs mess regardless of if a bin is in sight or not that is the issue that needs tackling. And what about empty houses, considering the pressure on housing for families isnt that just as if not more important than tackling vacant flats? And where is the money going to come from for helping out first time buyers? And isnt that just going to help push up house prices further making buying a home even more expensive for everyone including first time buyers?[/p][/quote]Well said Tony. I would like to cost out the service of picking bulky items up at low cost and compare it to the fly-tipping cost that might arise from not providing the service, but apart from that spot on! Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
  • Score: 1

12:14pm Mon 12 May 14

ancientandageing says...

#UKMum wrote:
Free pick-up for bulky items - Erm does the incumbent mayor qualify?
I would hope so

A lot of protest votes going around these days, might be worth looking at Dotty and Nick and asking is it worth it ?
[quote][p][bold]#UKMum[/bold] wrote: Free pick-up for bulky items - Erm does the incumbent mayor qualify?[/p][/quote]I would hope so A lot of protest votes going around these days, might be worth looking at Dotty and Nick and asking is it worth it ? ancientandageing
  • Score: 4

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