The Council’s Budget 2016/2017 was approved by Full Council 3 March 2016. It had nearly 200 proposed cuts, some that will affect you much more than others.
We identified 32 proposed cuts to services that we thought would impact on you, your family, your community or your environment. We don’t want to make cuts but we have no option. We have tried to do this in as fair, open and compassionate way as possible, and have only made decisions after involving our staff and residents.
Following the results of the consultation, we have made key amendments to some of the the proposals originally published at beginning of January. They include:
- Reducing a proposed saving at Newport Library by £65,000. This will ensure that a Council First Point facility remains in Newport as well as a self service library.
- Reviewing a proposed reduction in the opening hours at the Town Park Visitor Centre and the Ice Rink.
- Reversing the proposed cuts to the enhanced winter gritting programme.
- Putting on hold plans to cut transport for Age UK by £50,000.
- Reducing the planned environmental maintenance savings by £100,000.
- Reversing a planned cut of £67,570 to the Creative Arts Service which provides support to children and adults.
Click on each theme below to see the summary of the budget cuts that were proposed before the consultation in January 2016.
- Reduce our road sweeping frequency on some minor roads to once per year
- Changes to litter picking arrangements
- Less enhanced winter maintenance (gritting)
- Changes to chemical weed killing and grass cutting
- Less wildflower and annual planting schemes
- To bring forward by one year planned changes to community recycling centres (CRC)
- Changes to small, household planning applications
- Close old and worn out play areas
- The Town Park Visitor Centre to be closed from November to February
- Reduced public opening hours for Telford Ice Rink during the school day
- Reduced public opening times at Phoenix Sports Centre in Dawley
- Review Hadley Learning Centre (HLC) contract for community leisure access
- No Council funded sports development activities
- Stop providing the Creative Arts Service
We have held back the most significant cuts until 2017 to allow time to explore possible alternatives and consult with the public and service users. View the budget proposals agreed at Full Council, 3 March 2016.
We would welcome your ideas and suggestions on who could deliver a similar service or how something similar could be delivered. Please visit 'Your ideas and suggestions for saving money'
Thank you for giving your views on the budget. More information about the Council's budget will be available in the coming months including how to be involved in specific consultation.
We would also like to invite you to visit Your Views Matter where you will find details on the Council’s Community Panel. The Panel gives a number of opportunities for residents to give their views, ideas and comments to the Council on a range of issues and services throughout the year.