New bus services could be running in Peterborough as early as October, following a successful budget amendment moved by Lib Dem Councillors on Peterborough City Council, at the latest budget meeting of Full Council. A cross party working group is to be set up to look at areas of the city which don’t have adequate bus services, following a cut in bus subsidy by over 50% by the Tory administration two years ago. If the working group’s recommendations are agreed, up to £75,000 could be allocated from council contingency reserves to pay for the new services. Also in the budget, Lib Dem intervention helped to stop a barmy proposal by[…]
Good news on the Council budget! Following pressure from Lib Dems and several environmental groups, the Council cabinet have dropped their proposal to remove over a fifth of all the shrubs and hedgerows in Peterborough. Instead an alternative saving will be made by the Council contractor Amey adopting revised landscape management regimes, with reduced grass cutting, less usage of herbicide and a more focussed approach to shrub management. Let us know your thoughts plz by leaving a comment below!
You may have already read the comment of Cllr Nick Sandford, in the Telegraph’s Speakers Corner? If not, here’s what he had to say: This year the city council has been more open in its budget making process. The scale of the problem is huge… £25 million of savings are needed in the next financial year alone. Difficult decisions and choices have to be made. It is still very much a budget of and by the ruling Conservative cabinet and one which reflects their priorities but Opposition councillors have been kept informed at every stage of the budget process. Lib Dems have tried to play a positive role in the[…]
At the latest budget meeting at the Town Hall, Lib Dem council group leader, Nick Sandford, said his party have consistently opposed the Tory plans to close (or “redesignate”) children’s centres. Lib Dems have consistently supported moves to review the policy and look at alternatives. “We think this Tory policy shows they have the wrong priorities and are making the wrong choices,” Nick said. “They would rather handover £2.2 million to their contractor Amey for grass and tree cutting, rather than spend half of that on keeping children’s centres open. We are paying over £100,000 a year to some senior officers and big special responsibility payments to cabinet members but they[…]