New Tory leadership scraps cuts to litter picks, cleaning and street sweeping in Worcester

Worcester News: The city council: new leadership has reversed cuts The city council: new leadership has reversed cuts

CONTROVERSIAL plans to slash litter picking, street cleaning and sweeping in Worcester have been REVERSED in a city council u-turn.

The new Conservative leadership has acted quickly by making a series of key changes just over two weeks after grabbing back power.

Your Worcester News can reveal:

- Plans to axe £80,000 from litter picks, cleaning and sweeping by 2016, 10 per cent of the total spend on making Worcester look nice, have been scrapped

- A money-saving move to take £10,000 from the spending on new play area equipment has also been reversed

- A new pot of £100,000 has been put to one side to splash on any possible "service improvements" identified over the next year

- £212,000 will fund a new Tory drive to "change" the council as soon as possible, raising the prospect of services being handed to outside providers like the private sector or voluntary groups

The changes, which were voted through by the new-look cabinet on Wednesday, come just 15 days after the new leadership has taken office.

The reason why they are making so many sudden commitments is because a hefty budget surplus of £367,000 has been left over from the last financial year.

An improving economy has led to income in key areas like car parking, sports centres and planning fees coming in better than expected.

It also follows concern about overflowing litter bins in parts of the city during the day.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, the leader, said: "My feeling is that the economy is starting to pick up, and it really does have quite a significant impact on the council's finances.

"This is a very sensible way to go forward, particularly on street cleaning where we want good standards.

"We're passionate about it and want to deliver on our promises."

The cabinet voted to put £45,000 back into the litter and cleaning budget now, and said it would do the same next year to cancel out the old cuts decided upon in February.

Your Worcester News can also reveal how they are still intent on reversing April's car parking rises within weeks, and by the end of July aim to bring coach and lorry prices back to what they were after increases of up to 100 per cent.

Chris Wise, who runs Cafe Severn on the Quay which sits opposite Croft Road car park, said: "It's been hard enough as it is without those prices going up."

Councillor Richard Boorn, from the opposition Labour group, claims the spending could create "a £400,000 black hole" if they aim to continue with it by 2019.

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9:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

Perfman says...

So LIARbour proposed to stop litter picking, charge more for parking and raise the council tax. Nice progressive measures to ensure Worcester is a forward thinking city capable of attracting visitors - NOT. So glad to see common sense returned to the helm!
So LIARbour proposed to stop litter picking, charge more for parking and raise the council tax. Nice progressive measures to ensure Worcester is a forward thinking city capable of attracting visitors - NOT. So glad to see common sense returned to the helm! Perfman
  • Score: -8

10:08am Fri 20 Jun 14

skychip says...

Thanks for that - we need to make this City as attractive as possible especially if we want visitors. Parts of the City definitely need a good clean especially down the bottom of London Road towards Sidbury.
Thanks for that - we need to make this City as attractive as possible especially if we want visitors. Parts of the City definitely need a good clean especially down the bottom of London Road towards Sidbury. skychip
  • Score: 4

10:35am Fri 20 Jun 14

Ted Elgar says...

Ever been to Kiddy where walking round the town is blighted by revolting levels of chewing gum?
Ever been to Kiddy where walking round the town is blighted by revolting levels of chewing gum? Ted Elgar
  • Score: 4

10:57am Fri 20 Jun 14

Karl Hunderson says...

Lucky for the Tories that Labour left them with a budget surplus to play with.
Lucky for the Tories that Labour left them with a budget surplus to play with. Karl Hunderson
  • Score: 8

11:09am Fri 20 Jun 14

Perfman says...

Karl Hunderson wrote:
Lucky for the Tories that Labour left them with a budget surplus to play with.
From their few months in charge - sure they did. As well as going back on everything they said they would do to help Worcester.
[quote][p][bold]Karl Hunderson[/bold] wrote: Lucky for the Tories that Labour left them with a budget surplus to play with.[/p][/quote]From their few months in charge - sure they did. As well as going back on everything they said they would do to help Worcester. Perfman
  • Score: -7

11:30am Fri 20 Jun 14

SammyD112 says...

Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???
Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with??? SammyD112
  • Score: 4

11:35am Fri 20 Jun 14

Perfman says...

SammyD112 wrote:
Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???
It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa
[quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???[/p][/quote]It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa Perfman
  • Score: -10

11:39am Fri 20 Jun 14

SammyD112 says...

Perfman wrote:
SammyD112 wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???
It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa
And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!!
[quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???[/p][/quote]It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa[/p][/quote]And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!! SammyD112
  • Score: 8

11:48am Fri 20 Jun 14

Perfman says...

SammyD112 wrote:
Perfman wrote:
SammyD112 wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???
It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa
And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!!
So LIARbour didn't do exactly the same when they grabbed power did they? They did not do a deal with the Liberals and then renage on it almost immediately. Seriously time to drop the green eye'd envy approach and see what is best for Worcester....
[quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???[/p][/quote]It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa[/p][/quote]And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!![/p][/quote]So LIARbour didn't do exactly the same when they grabbed power did they? They did not do a deal with the Liberals and then renage on it almost immediately. Seriously time to drop the green eye'd envy approach and see what is best for Worcester.... Perfman
  • Score: -3

11:48am Fri 20 Jun 14

Perfman says...

SammyD112 wrote:
Perfman wrote:
SammyD112 wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???
It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa
And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!!
So LIARbour didn't do exactly the same when they grabbed power did they? They did not do a deal with the Liberals and then renage on it almost immediately. Seriously time to drop the green eye'd envy approach and see what is best for Worcester....
[quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???[/p][/quote]It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa[/p][/quote]And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!![/p][/quote]So LIARbour didn't do exactly the same when they grabbed power did they? They did not do a deal with the Liberals and then renage on it almost immediately. Seriously time to drop the green eye'd envy approach and see what is best for Worcester.... Perfman
  • Score: -4

11:59am Fri 20 Jun 14

SammyD112 says...

Perfman wrote:
SammyD112 wrote:
Perfman wrote:
SammyD112 wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???
It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa
And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!!
So LIARbour didn't do exactly the same when they grabbed power did they? They did not do a deal with the Liberals and then renage on it almost immediately. Seriously time to drop the green eye'd envy approach and see what is best for Worcester....
I think your find that Labour did it diplomatically and not with any 'back handed' dealings for Mayor - which you have to admit on the face of it looks exactally what happened, until we are told otherwise.
Nothing wrong with your "independant thoughts" and "Green eye'd envy" then unless you really cant spell LABOUR!!!...
[quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Perfman[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SammyD112[/bold] wrote: Any of that money going spare to clear out the dirty, ruthless Tory toff's from the Worcester Cabinet and the rubbish Mayor we have been left with???[/p][/quote]It is about time you grew up, opened your eyes and developed some independent thoughts rather than believing the media all the time. Baaaaa[/p][/quote]And how would you like me to get some independant thoughts on the whole dodgy dealings that have been going on? Shall I talk to Geraghty or Amos???... Oh thats it - They don't want to talk about it do they!![/p][/quote]So LIARbour didn't do exactly the same when they grabbed power did they? They did not do a deal with the Liberals and then renage on it almost immediately. Seriously time to drop the green eye'd envy approach and see what is best for Worcester....[/p][/quote]I think your find that Labour did it diplomatically and not with any 'back handed' dealings for Mayor - which you have to admit on the face of it looks exactally what happened, until we are told otherwise. Nothing wrong with your "independant thoughts" and "Green eye'd envy" then unless you really cant spell LABOUR!!!... SammyD112
  • Score: 8

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