Last Monday, Brent Council's Cabinet made a decision about future highway repairs which may go little noticed. Paving stones are now being replaced with tarmac. This is likely to be a way of saving money rather than for any other reason. As the report says "existing budgets can be spread further".
It is also rather startling that the officers have recalculated the necessary cost of repairs at £100 million compared to a previous figure of £38 million. That is quite a leap.