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What Should The Council Be Doing Differently? A WAB Debate

Wednesday December 3 2014


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RESIDENTS can have their say on what Barnsley Council should do differently, do less of, or stop doing as it deals with major budget cuts.

The council has had to cut £59 million during the last four years and has to save another £28m in the next two years.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said the council is looking at every aspect of its activity and thinking about how it can be done differently or for less.

He added: "We’ve committed to being open, and to involving local people in decision making, so we welcome feedback.

"If we work together, we can find better ways of working while still protecting our most vulnerable people."

Outline information about the proposed changes is available from the 'future council' section of the council website.

What do you think? Which areas should the council prioritise? Have your say below.

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Reply Posted by Ray on Wednesday December 3 2014 at 12:09
Sack Steve Houghton and the entire Senior Manangement, who are responsible for running this town into the ground. Demand 50% of his wages back over the last 10 years.

A Council that is led by dishonest backslapping champagne socialists, who do not give a damn about opinions or feelings of the people they are supposed to serve. The entire elected Councillors are kept in line by the dictatorship of sir Steve and made to tow the party line. Barnsley a labour strong hold has shown it's weakness in oppsing nothing that the tories have brought in, Sir steve is a lap dog.

You cannot use the excuse of the pits closing as to the state of the town. You've had 30 years to bring some jobs in and all we got was ARSOS

Then we have the running of projects. Barnsley Council could not open a bottle of pop without planning it for 3 years, opening it late and then discovering that it's the wrong thing.

It's ajoke what he says about vulnerable people they are always the first that are targetted for cuts and they always come from the bottom.

the administration, malpractice, red tape and ineffiency of the council is where the money could be saved. I've been witness to this over the years and it amazes me still the waste that Barnsley Council routinely overspend and under deliver.

The new towncentre construction jobs are a good marker of this. Look at the amount of people working on the paving - 15 to 20 guys and look at amoount who actually work when you pass them, then look at how long it's taking. A private firm on cost would have done the same job in half the time for half the price because they are competing.

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday December 3 2014 at 14:02
I'm amazed at your philosophy Ray

Reply Posted by Ada on Wednesday December 3 2014 at 18:24
We need a chane of power at the town hall? It's no good complaing AND then still voting LABOUR!! Lets have a changa from the muppets we have at the moment? They are about as much use as a chocolate fire guard!! It's makes my blood boil when I read of the amounts they claim for expenses!! That's PLUS what they some earn in regular Monday to Friday jobs. Don't be taken in by them asking " what WE want them to do" it's ALL been cut and dried!!! VOTE THE LOT OF THEM OUT nxt time??!!!

Reply Posted by Mr C on Wednesday December 3 2014 at 21:40
Ok Ada I get your point and agree to a extent but who do you think we should vote for because I cant see it getting much better no matter who is voted in

Reply Posted by Jase on Wednesday December 3 2014 at 22:52
The Barnsley Central area more so immediately surrounding the town centre needs to be a priority for improvement. Street cleaning is not frequent enough and streets are often heavily littered, footways are in bad condition, housing is in poor repair due to mass private rentals, planters have been left overgrown for years, asylum seekers are concentrated in the area instead of equally across the borough and it is proven that this can create prejudice within a community. Stop wasting money on playgrounds that just get vandalised and new school buildings when the existing are more than adequate. Stop providing permanent traveller sites.

Reply Posted by Mr A on Wednesday December 3 2014 at 23:43
One the most important things is to make sure that people take responsibility for were they live and the communities they are a part of instead of complaining and demanding that everyone else goes above and beyond, we all need to remember that the council is also being destroyed by the Tory government and cut backs are having to be imposed upon them. Let's not think that UKIP will make anything change for the better they will destroy this area just like the Tories are. The only thing to ensure Barnsley makes positive moves forward is to make sure we have a Labour government next year.

Reply Posted by Donna on Friday December 5 2014 at 07:41
- stop the go ahead for the gypsy site.
- stop accepting more asylum seekers and foreign nationals

There's not enough jobs for us your adding to the problemabd causing greater deprevation

Increase work opertunities by allowing more business growth.

Stop building housing on green belt land or there will be no left

Increase housing by building on used land and derelict run down housing
Knock down terraced housing at top of goldthorpe and encourage regeneration including similar regeneration of other struggling areas.

Increase primary schools in areas where they are needed now not where they will be needed after house have been built!