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Drastic Cuts Sees Pothole Repair Fund Being Halved

Friday September 6 2013




DRASTIC budget cuts at Barnsley Council will see standards fall across services - including litter picking, pothole repair, play equipment and public toilets.

The £750,000 cuts next year to environmental services could see 25 jobs lost, removal of children's play equipment from parks and the closure of all public toilets apart from those in the town centre.

They blame the proposals to close toilets at Penistone, Wombwell, Hoyland, Cudworth and Goldthorpe and urinals at Summer Lane and Worsbrough on the facilities being a source of regular complaints and cost a lot to keep open.

People also face paying six per cent more for cremations and burials as the council tries to claw back revenue. The council admitted this had 'sensitivity issues' but would result in extra income of £48,000.

The budget for repairing potholes will be slashed in half from £320,000 a year to £160,000 and reviewed after two years.

Overall, the council has to save an estimated £18.1million and more slashed services and heavier workloads for council staff are likely to result.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said the cuts were not over yet as the council would have to make further savings in 2015/2016.

"Next year is the fourth year of cuts and we have already taken £45million out of our budget. We have to protect the most vulnerable like children and elderly people so we have now had to look at front line services and people will start noticing that.

"We're asking Area Councils (the smaller group set up in districts) to see if they can pick up some of these services before the cuts come in on April 1. We don't want to make these cuts but we have been forced into it."

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Reply Posted by anon on Thursday September 12 2013 at 10:29
what about doing away with the useless councillors. far too much could be saved that way.

Reply Posted by Guesty Mcguest on Thursday September 12 2013 at 11:34
Couple of money saving suggestions to our esteemed council leader.

Cut you and your mates wage bill steve, pay yourself realistically and cap expenses for council workers also strictly audit what is claimed, that will save a fortune to start with.

Introducing a staggered 20% pay cut for all top tier exec pay grades and a 5% pay reduction to director level which should start reverse the disproportionate pay-rises of the late 90's early 2000s.

Fetch Bernslai Homes back to full council control thus removing another bureaucratic chief exec post and reducing red tape in maintenance.

Reduce the number of councillors per ward to 2 and add a expenses cap ( you can do it with benefits) to that also so people like councillor miller cannot claim 25k per year for a few hours a week and funding his 4 x 4.

No fuel allowance paid for trips from home to meetings at the town hall.

No parking allowance full stop.

No first class or business class train tickets.

Also reduce the amount for paid committees and scrutiny commissions that spend a whole lot of time flapping their lips but achieve very little. If we haven't got the brass to pay for improvements then surely we don't need them. Ban the use of any consultants that have previously worked within BMBC - ensure that cronieism is no longer rife and employ staff that know their role.

Be stricter on planning and time management of all council works and construction jobs to ensure less wastage.

Increase accountability of senior management on failed jobs, with a view to disciplinary action for drastically over budget and deadline jobs.

Do a time and motion study on all sectors to ensure value for money to the tax payer and also ensuring better efficiency and stop people leaning on shovels all day long.

Cut the amount of gardening changes and planters around the town hall. We dont need new plants every month if we are struggling with money.

Make the gardening crews smaller and more efficient.

Sell the number plate - stop pretending you can't

Offer help to the long term sick with a view to getting as many as you that can back to work as soon as possible

Just a couple of small tips, but what do I know.

Reply Posted by sarah on Thursday September 12 2013 at 13:58
fab ideas but using common sense isnt written into his contract.

Reply Posted by FAWKES on Thursday September 12 2013 at 20:47
Well said Guesty!

Reply Posted by LOL on Sunday September 15 2013 at 20:45
NAY WHAT ABART SKATE PARK.

Reply Posted by andy on Monday September 16 2013 at 17:40
well said guesty.

Reply Posted by terry on Monday September 16 2013 at 17:56
How much did it cost for giant nit comb and fountains? Edward to open it all dinner for him an fat councillors? Were is new Barnsley town centre? Not many empty shops? I can count 40 at least

Reply Posted by Muso on Monday September 16 2013 at 17:57
Well said Guesty, i totally agree. As for pothole repair on Bond Street, Wombwell the cut wont affect us, half of nothing is not alot at all. The Town Hall has its Rusty Comb and Bond Street has its Cheese Grater.

Reply Posted by terry on Monday September 16 2013 at 18:41
Grass not cut. Bet be no grit if bad winter. Be in Sheffield or Leeds. Mines and steel went with politicians what next our towns roads playgrounds cemeterys cremetoriams ? Bet town hall still be there and all the councillors and their gardeners and 2nd houses

Reply Posted by Patricia on Wednesday September 18 2013 at 08:29
You can have grit in the Winter, but you have to be trained how to use the shovel and spread it !!!!!!!!!!! cut to services, no school patrols unless you volunteer. no pothole repairs (we need to send the bills to them and photos when our cars are damaged) do your own litter picking. no loos and no equipment for our children to play on in the parks. YET, dinners, meeting payments, perks and the Town Hall rusty park money. where is the common sense, there is none. Barnsley used to be a great Town, the markets the atmosphere people used to come from all over the country ,now they wonder what has happened, and friends from across the world we apologise to them, so sad they laugh at the buildings and ask why are they colored like that .