Lichfield District Council is delivering what residents want, the local authority’s leader has said.

Cllr Doug Pullen was speaking during a debate on the budget at a meeting of the council last week.

Doug Pullen

The session saw councillors vote to increase the local authority’s share of the council tax bill by 2.78%.

Cllr Pullen said that while the increase was not ideal, it was necessary to continue delivering local services people replying to a consultation had asked for.

“No-one comes into local politics to raise taxes.

“While accepting that the consultation did only have a small response despite it running longer than usual, 63% of respondents said they’d be okay with a £5 rise, which is exactly what we’re proposing.

“We are delivering precisely what our residents are asking us to deliver.

“They’ve told us waste collection is important to them. We are amongst the 10% who kept up bin collections throughout the last year. They told us parks are important and we’re continuing to invest in our beautiful parks across the district.

“Our residents asked us for Friary Grange to be refurbished and kept open – that’s exactly what we’ve done. They’ve asked for a new leisure centre and we’re developing one.”

Cllr Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

Labour group leader, Cllr Steve Norman, said the focus of the budget had been based around restrictions put in place by the Conservative party.

Steve Norman

“It’s not just COVID, it’s all those years of austerity and cuts that we are suffering from now.

“This isn’t so much a district council budget as a Conservative budget.

“It’s an above inflation increase in council tax dictated by the Government who made it necessary for this cabinet to suggest a 2.78% increase.

“That’s on top of the Staffordshire County Council 4.99% increase – again the maximum – and the Staffordshire Commissioner whose parting present for us is 5.99% rise and the fire increase at 1.99%.”

Cllr Steve Norman, Lichfield District Council

Cllr Norman said his party would not be offering up an alternative budget, but said he could not vote for the Conservative one.

But Cllr Pullen insisted the budget was focused on local residents.

“A budget that supports our residents”

The leader of the controlling Conservative group said investment in the area would continue over the next 12 months.

“Cllr Norman says it would have been easy to propose an alternative – I’d suggest it’s quite difficult to propose a fully costed budget and that’s why Cllr Norman hasn’t bothered to do so.

“This is a budget that sees no cuts to services and sees support for our economy.

“It’s a budget that supports our voluntary sector – it’s a budget that supports our residents.”

Cllr Doug Pullen, Lichfield District Council

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12 Comments

  1. “We canvassed the population of Lichfield who told us that 3% of you would like a 5% s**t sandwich, therefore we have a clear mandate – the 5% s**t sandwich is what everyone wants.”

    Pullen the other one.

  2. Let’s just put some context around the 63% who said they’d be OK with a £5 increase. There were 150-odd responses. Let’s assume that 30 of those responses from councillors – I responded to the consultation and I don’t suppose I was alone. So 63% of the 120-odd remaining responses means 76 people said they were OK with an increase out of a district of 100+ thousand residents.

    I wonder whether the other 99.9k agree?

  3. No one asked me if I was happy with increase likewise none of my Neighbours were asked either. None of us are satisfied. Who actually were the so called 150 responses??

  4. Just exactly when was this ‘consultation’ ?
    I find it quite strange that they only canvassed the population of Lichfield, once again it’s what Lichfield wants ans s*d the surrounding areas

  5. So where exactly was this lengthy consultation? The small number of responses should be a clear indication that it wasn’t wide reaching and didn’t really “consult” the population at all.

    Of course we want our bins emptying- and LDC has a legal obligation to deliver that, so why even include that in the consultation?

    Of course we want a leisure centre, the backlash against closing Friary Grange made that very clear, no further consultation needed on that.

    Pointless, hidden consultation to enable them to pretend it’s what locals want when they really don’t have a clue because they haven’t really asked us.

    We want medical facilities and schools included in any new development, and some facilities for families. Will that be included, no probably not, it’s easier to build more flats for elderly residents you can ram more of them in and get a better income from council taxes!

  6. It’s not what I want, as Living in Burntwood, what will we get to improve our infrastructure
    Where are our shops and other facilities that Burntwood badly needs?

  7. It is typical of LDC. When 150 agree with them, LDC are doing as we all want.

    When thousands complain about a potential housing development. Ian Eadie can just ignore it and carry on as he wants.

  8. Its about time that Burntwood had a better range of shops, and councillors should get their fingers out and get it done. Over 30 years we have been waiting since Walsall Council put the block on the need, and the area reserved for the shops is still fenced off adjacent to Morriston.

  9. The council does not own the shops, they are privately owned and if people had supported the shops we did have, then they would still be there . Yes its very nice having lots of local shops that you can pop into a few times a year if you forget a birthday or forget to order something , but these businesses have to pay business rates, rent, water rates, insurance, up keep of building, wages, stock , you need a lot of footfall and sales to cover those out goings. And what could anyone sell that isn’t being sold in the abundance of supermarkets we have. Independent’s can’t compete with the buying power of these supermarkets . So unless a business see’s the opportunity to make a profit, then they won’t open up here, why would anyone risk losing their money or in the case of a sole trader their savings, pension or home, especially when most things can be sold online with hardly any overheads . The world has changed even before covid online shopping was causing big high street names to close . and now we need to rethink town centers and make them places for getting together for leisure activities, entertainment, pop up shopping events and make them a safe community space to get together.

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