Tories reveal their own wish list for power

PARKING CHARGES: The Tories want to slash prices back to their old levels as part of their wish list of demands

PARKING CHARGES: The Tories want to slash prices back to their old levels as part of their wish list of demands

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Worcester News: Tom Edwards by , Political Reporter

WORCESTER'S Conservatives have cranked up the pressure over which party controls the city council - by producing demands of their own.

The Tory leadership is preparing to hand Worcester's lone Green Councillor Neil Laurenson their own 'wish list', effectively turning the tables on the other parties embroiled in the power struggle.

The Conservatives say they ideally want to govern on an agreement that ensures they can get their key policies through, including:

- A council tax freeze next year

- Cuts to car parking charges so they revert back to the old pre-April rates, including 40p for half-an-hour and £1 after 7pm at selected sites

- Reversals in planned cuts to street cleaning, which is due to take an £80,000 hit and play areas, where £10,000 is being slashed

The Tories' pledges they are seeking backing on from either Cllr Laurenson or Cllr Liz Smith, Worcester's single Lib Dem, also includes making a new swimming pool a priority, greenbelt protection and ideas to support businesses.

It comes just 48 hours after Cllr Laurenson handed both the Tories and Labour his own 'wish list' of eight demands.

Aftet last week's local elections, no deal has yet been struck with any party as the limbo stretches into day eight.

Your Worcester News understands Cllr Adrian Gregson, the city's Labour leader, has told Cllr Laurenson he is "more than comfortable" with the Green's demands but needs time to discuss it with council officers.

The Labour group was meeting last night to debate it further, with the potential of a Lab-Green-Lib deal still on the cards.

But as of today the Tories, who have also met with Cllr Laurenson, are also considering his wish list and are aiming to strike a deal of their own.

Councillor Simon Geraghty, Tory group leader, said: "We are seeking to see if we can move forward with an open mind."

Cllr Laurenson, who has yet to commit either way, says any deal would require "Green policies" at the heart of the council.

There are 17 Conservative and 16 Labour councillors at the Guildhall, ahead of the crunch meeting to vote in a new administration this Tuesday, June 3.

The maths means that the Tories only need the support of one other councillor and are in the strongest position of all the parties.

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2:37pm Fri 30 May 14

3thinker says...

All of the Conservative demands will increase costs. If council tax is to be frozen, perhaps Cllr Geraghty would like to explain what other services will be cut to pay for them!
All of the Conservative demands will increase costs. If council tax is to be frozen, perhaps Cllr Geraghty would like to explain what other services will be cut to pay for them! 3thinker
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4:54pm Fri 30 May 14

Hwicce says...

Why do I keep hearing the Magic Roundabout theme music?
Why do I keep hearing the Magic Roundabout theme music? Hwicce
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5:11pm Fri 30 May 14

3thinker says...

Hwicce wrote:
Why do I keep hearing the Magic Roundabout theme music?
'Boing! Time to put this baby to bed' says the good burghers of the Fateful City.
[quote][p][bold]Hwicce[/bold] wrote: Why do I keep hearing the Magic Roundabout theme music?[/p][/quote]'Boing! Time to put this baby to bed' says the good burghers of the Fateful City. 3thinker
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7:06am Sat 31 May 14

green49 says...

3thinker says...

All of the Conservative demands will increase costs. If council tax is to be frozen, perhaps Cllr Geraghty would like to explain what other services will be cut to pay for them!

Absolutely the man is a danger to the public, i was once told he was a bright young go getter by a retired councillor who had been on the councill for uears, but, most of what i have found is if MR Gerahty is jnvolved it will be a mess,
3thinker says... All of the Conservative demands will increase costs. If council tax is to be frozen, perhaps Cllr Geraghty would like to explain what other services will be cut to pay for them! Absolutely the man is a danger to the public, i was once told he was a bright young go getter by a retired councillor who had been on the councill for uears, but, most of what i have found is if MR Gerahty is jnvolved it will be a mess, green49
  • Score: -1

9:34am Sat 31 May 14

FranklyFrank says...

We are talking about tens of thousands of pounds to keep our city clean and not have to gradually remove play equipment for health & safety reasons. If councillors can't do that, then they all ought to go home.
We are talking about tens of thousands of pounds to keep our city clean and not have to gradually remove play equipment for health & safety reasons. If councillors can't do that, then they all ought to go home. FranklyFrank
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