Brent Council’s Labour Leader, Councillor Ann John, and her Executive have been accused of neglect and incompetence for keeping parts of the historic Barham Park complex empty for more than a year.
The buildings in Harrow Road, Sudbury were donated by local benefactor Titus Barham in the 1930′s for the ‘enjoyment of the people of Wembley’. A large part of the building was used as offices by the council’s Parks department until September 2010. However the offices have been left empty and neglected since the Parks department moved to Brent House.
The council continues to pay business rates and maintain the empty premises at a substantial cost to Brent Council taxpayers whilst potentially missing out on thousands of pounds of rental income.
Liberal Democrat Leader Councillor Paul Lorber, who represents the Sudbury area, accused the Labour leadership of wasting money and ignoring the charitable intentions of Titus Barham.
At a time when money is tight Brent Council should not waste money by failing to use empty buildings such as those in Barham Park to generate income.
The Labour councillors would not do this if it was their money at stake. The way they misuse community assets and waste our money is a disgrace
said Councillor Lorber.
Councillor Lorber is in touch with local voluntary groups who have expressed an interest in renting some of the empty space at the Barham Park Complex but so far the council has refused to enter into discussions.