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Residents warned fight against Lichfield District Council cuts is not over

Residents have been warned that the fight to save Lichfield District Council services is not over.

The local authority delayed a vote on proposals to cut a number of departments in a bid to help plug a £1.7million funding shortfall.

A petition organised by Labour opposition group leader Cllr Steve Norman forced the council to delay the decision on whether to implement the Fit for the Future review recommendations.

But with the Cabinet due to reconsider the plans on July 29, the full council will meet once more to debate the issue on August 13.

Cllr Steve Norman

Cllr Steve Norman

And Cllr Norman believes local residents need to continue making their voices heard.

“Under the council’s Constitution a petition of over 1000 means that the issues raised by the petitioners have to be responded to at a Cabinet meeting,” he said. “The petition gathered well over that number in a relatively short space of time.

“It will be important for anyone feeling strongly about these issues to write to the Cabinet members and lobby their own local councillors and to say why these particular services need support from Community Development services like, for example,  FAB in Burntwood, Jigsaw in Lichfield and the Mill Lane Link in Fazeley.”

Cllr Norman has also warned that some cuts will need to be made, but believes the process should be given greater thought.

“Make no mistake, the council has to cut its budget by £1.7million by April next year – we can’t declare bankruptcy like the City of Detroit did in America this week,” he explained.

“But as a Labour group we have said we want to work with the Conservative members and residents to find what people regard as important for their communities and what they reluctantly have to say goodbye to.

“This has to be done quickly but it has to be done from the bottom up, not from the top down without proper consultation.”

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10 Comments

  1. johnthemon

    19th July, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    “But as a Labour group we have said we want to work with the Conservative members and residents to find what people regard as important for their communities and what they reluctantly have to say goodbye to.”

    The Conservatives would rather cut the baby in half than lose face and say goodbye to their investments, if you think the Garrick is there for the people? Well think again.

  2. Adam

    21st July, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    In these times of austerity why does Burntwood Leisure Centre pay an external company (Vision) £75,000? What exactly do they get for their money? I have never seen any advertising for the centre and all inductions/ fitness programmes are carried out by the centre staff, not the external company. It is claimed (by the centre manager) that there is insufficient funding to continue providing paper cups for the water dispenser: £75,000 would buy an awful lot of paper cups!

  3. Rob

    22nd July, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    ““It will be important for anyone feeling strongly about these issues to write to the Cabinet members and lobby their own local councillors and to say why these particular services need support from Community Development services like, for example, FAB in Burntwood, Jigsaw in Lichfield and the Mill Lane Link in Fazeley.””
    Luckily the benefit recipients will have plenty of time for “wrting and lobbying” being unhindered by the time-consuming nuisance known as work.
    PS As a Burntwood resident, could someone explain what “FAB” is? I’ve lived here for over thirty years and have never heard of it.

  4. Cynic

    22nd July, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    Rob” explain what “FAB” is? ” http://forwardactionburntwood.org/index.html

    I see it was updated last July.

  5. Rob

    22nd July, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Thanks for that Cynic, doesn’t look like I’ve missed much.
    Can’t help wondering how the WINTERWONDERLAND spectacular went though.

  6. Darren Ennis

    22nd July, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    https://www.facebook.com/ForwardActionBurntwood?fref=ts

    This will give you a better idea, they stopped using this. (Yeah could do with being took down or link to the fb site).

    They organise alot around burntwood. Look on fb site, also they where down at the Burntwood Wakes.

  7. BrownhillsBob

    22nd July, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Rob meet Cynic. A marriage made in heaven.

  8. A Cynical Parody

    22nd July, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    “Luckily the benefit recipients will have plenty of time for ‘writing and lobbying’ being unhindered by the time-consuming nuisance known as work.”

    Rob: You seem to have found time to write on here. Using your own logic that makes you a benefit recipient rather than a good, solid, worker type of chap and so unworthy of having any kind of voice.

  9. Cynic

    22nd July, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    BrownhillsBob

    Rob meet Cynic. A marriage made in heaven.

    Most uncalled for – it came up on google and it was up to fab to keep up to date. How much work would be involved to show they are now else ware.
    But if a snide remark makes you happy!
    Not every one uses FB!

  10. Rob

    22nd July, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    @ A Cynical Parody:
    “Rob: You seem to have found time to write on here.”
    Yes.
    Just after I got home from work.
    Re:FAB
    It seems to have little or no connection to essential or core council services so I don’t see why the councillor cites it. I’d wager that the majority of local residents aren’t even aware of its existence.