Burntwood Town Council leader insists budget will help bring a feel-good factor to the area

A new budget will help bring a feel-good factor back to the area, according to the leader of Burntwood Town Council.

The Conservative-controlled authority has approved a controversial new financial plan which included a rise of more than a third in its council tax precept.

Cllr Richard Mosson

Cllr Richard Mosson

But Cllr Richard Mosson, leader of the council, insisted his party were looking to breathe new life into the town.

“We see this budget as an opportunity to move forward in the ways we can serve the community of Burntwood,” he said.

“The previous council tax precept was based on a stagnant council – this is a positive budget and I’m proud that it has vision and community spirit at its heart.

“As a controlling group we are offering the town a feel-good factor.”

Labour councillors had opposed the budget, accusing the Conservative leadership of embarking on a “spend, spend, spend policy”.

Cllr Eric Drinkwater

Cllr Eric Drinkwater

Cllr Eric Drinkwater said: “While it’s good to see a reduction in the increase to 37% from more than 60% it is not enough.

“There are plenty of things which could be cut from the current budget.

“Things like the Christmas Festival are admirable, they should not come at the expense of Burntwood taxpayers – they should be run by community groups and funded through other routes, such as local businesses.”

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4 Comments

  1. ErIc.N.Drinkwater

    10th February, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Cllr Mosson is living in cloud cuckoo land. All of the items in the Council programme were instigated by the last administration which was Labour controlled. The difference being that we were Not hiking Council Tax by a third to achieve the programme.

  2. Cllr Richard Mosson

    10th February, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Cllr Drinkwater, Cloud Cuckoo land? Is this the same Cloud Cuckoo land Blair and Brown were living in during years and years of uncontrolled spending which nearly bankrupted the UK?
    Or is this the same Cloud Cuckoo land you were in when last Friday evening you stated that you agreed with much of what I had to say? Most of the Precept increase is an allowance for additional staff which are essential in order to operate the recently acquired Old Mining College Centre. Yes an initiative we inherited from your good selves, an opportunity for the Council to take on a building which was under loved, under valued and under used for the benefit of the wider community. Just to reiterate again less than 20p per week for a Band D property and 15p per week for a Band B property. Initiatives of our own Play in the Parks and the Christmas Festival only account for a small % of the budget, if I remember rightly they were very successful, residents and importantly local Children turned out on mass to support all of the events, why would we not build on this?? If people did not want these events, they would not have turned up, a bit like the poorly organised and disjointed Wakes events of last Summer, guess what folks the Wakes is coming home in 2016, a feel good factor for 2016 and beyond.
    Cllr Drinkwater is suggesting we rely on Community Groups to arrange and coordinate these projects, where are they? What is the role of the Council? Is it not to kick start these events, promote and encourage further sponsorship and involvement of interested groups.
    Residents of Burntwood have had enough of the flat earth politics of the previous controlling group, the world has moved on, sorry.
    As for the budget, the opposition had an opportunity to table an alternative, unfortunately we did not see one?
    They were all too busy on Lichfield Live with their new found Social Media Skills after realising they wasted £1000’s earlier this year.

  3. Chris Stanley

    10th February, 2016 at 12:44 pm

    Hang on…

    The Conservatives are looking to raise funds through increased taxation so that they can increase public spending, and the Labour group is criticising them for it.

    Have I just woken up in an alternative universe?

  4. Rob

    10th February, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Knowing labour aren’t in charge of anything (except those dumps in the west midlands where they belong) must make lots of people feel good.