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Burntwood councillor says rally will give people the chance to have their views heard over possible cuts to services such as lollipop men and women

A Burntwood councillor says a rally protesting at cuts to services across the region will be a chance for residents to have their voices heard.

Staffordshire County Council is looking to plug a £35million funding gap and has proposed measures such as axing school crossing patrol wardens.

It has instead proposed that “community-funded” lollipop men and women could be used already, although some schools in Lichfield have already said that they would not be able to meet the costs.

Unions and Labour members are now planning a protest rally in Stafford’s Market Square at 2.30pm on 26th January for residents to show how they feel about the planned cuts.

Sue Woodward
Cllr Sue Woodward

Cllr Sue Woodward, Burntwood North representative and leader of the opposition group at Staffordshire County Council, said the gathering would make the Conservative Cabinet realise the strength of feeling.

“The rally will be an opportunity for residents to show their concerns about the proposed cuts,” she said.

“There has been a groundswell of opposition against the axing of school crossing patrols in particular and I hope the county council’s Cabinet really is listening, as they said they would.”

Cllr Woodward said that the impact of such cuts would be felt hard in communities.

“There’s no doubt about it – the cuts are all due to the Government’s austerity measures as they have cut off funding to local authorities,” she said.

“The crossing patrols proposal here represents less than 2% of the current round of cuts. 

“Councils and councillors across the country have been left trying to balance different priorities.

“It is about choices though and the Labour county councillors believe other choices would be more acceptable.”

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1 Comment

  1. John Griffin

    14th January, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    What a joke. Consultation is a tactic the Tories use to give a veneer of respectability to decisions made over a taxpayer funded meal months ago.

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