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Leader of Burntwood Town Council hails “good old-fashioned prudence” as £90,000 is saved from budget

Councillors in Burntwood say “good old-fashioned prudence” has helped them save £90,000 from their 2018 budget.

Old Mining College Centre

Old Mining College Centre

Burntwood Town Council’s leader, Cllr Doug Pullen, promised residents there would be even more saved as the council looks to ensure money isn’t wasted.

Cllr Pullen – who resigned from Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet over the collapse of the Friarsgate project – said he was determined to make taxpayer money go as far as possible.

Cllr Doug Pullen

Cllr Doug Pullen

“When elected as Leader in 2017, I assured residents that there would be no money wasted on my watch,” he said. “These savings have been generated by the whole council working hard on cutting costs and generating revenue, while maintaining our investment in the community.

“We have increased sponsorship of events, doubled the advertising revenue from roundabouts, downsized our clerk’s office to free up more rentable space, and made a plethora of back-office savings. These savings mean that Burntwood Town Council has maintained investment in local community groups, continued to deliver free community events such as the Wakes, the Christmas Festival, and Play in the Parks, and invested in local street furniture.”

Cllr Pullen said he was keen to see the council make more money from its assets in order to help keep council tax as low as possible.

“Supported by contributions from local developers, we will invest further in the Old Mining College,” he said. “The commercial success of this great building has the potential to support the town council and residents for many years to come.”

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  1. Borma Nacon

    16th July, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    Perhaps that cash could be spent on improving our roads?
    Perhaps that cash could be spent on our reduced bus services?
    Perhaps that cash could be spent on increasing affordable housing for young families?
    Perhaps that cash could be spent on improving our parks?
    Perhaps that cash could be spent on increasing police presence in Burntwood?
    Perhaps that cash could be spent on events for all ages?
    Perhaps that cash could be spent on improving our shopping centres?

    It may be worth nothing that this £90k was added to the ‘General Fund’. Could Cllr Pullen provide an update on how much is in the GF?

  2. Concerned Citizen

    16th July, 2018 at 3:56 pm

    How do you fancy being Leader of LDC?

  3. nellygb

    16th July, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    Why CC he wanted the council to fund the Friarsgate project to the tune of £49M. I would prefer he kept well away from LDC, I don’t think I could afford him playing with the big fish. Perhaps now he is no longer one of the inner circle he would like to enlighten us all on some of the goings on he was a big part of down the big city.

  4. nellygb

    16th July, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    It’s also a wonder Rob hasn’t been on here doing his PR bit on behalf of the Blue side of the council. He’s really acting like one of those internet trolls his fuehrer is so fond of referencing.

  5. LetsGiveItASpin

    16th July, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Wasn’t very prudent with district council cash … so I guess this saves him face … saving money is good but not if the money is cutting services or expenditure as burntwood gets very little money . I would rather see £90k spent on urgent improvements in burntwood rather than trying to be clever Cllr pulled ..

  6. Doug Pullen

    17th July, 2018 at 7:16 am

    @Nellygb/LetsGiveItASpin; just to be clear, I didn’t want to fund Friarsgate, and I voted NOT to fund it.

    The £90k savings will be invested into Burntwood in various ways over the coming months, it certainly won’t just be tucked away. We are in the process of discussing how best we can do this…I’m sure I’ll provide an update when we do!

  7. Strumpet

    22nd July, 2018 at 7:17 am

    Hey kids, lets go on holiday because mum’s saved a grand by not buying any food for 6 weeks. Easy to ‘save’ money if you’re not paying your obligations. Diminished services has put cash in the kitty, and you want a Mutley medal?

  8. nellygb

    22nd July, 2018 at 3:45 pm

    @strumpet LMAO and @Doug Pullen thanks for clarifying that Cllr your candor comes as a breath of fresh air, but should you even put that out there given it was one of those now infamous behind closed doors meetings??

    Would you care to continue with this fresh approach & let the electorate know who did what and for why. Maybe go see Ross he’d no doubt love to spend a hour with you to get the full scoop.