Lib Dems in York budget proposals

Lib Dems in York budget proposals

Lib Dems in York budget proposals

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SCRAPPING a facelift for York’s city-centre and a new £70,000-a-year council role are among a political group’s 2014/15 budget proposals.

City of York Council’s Liberal Democrats say they would cancel the £3.3 million Reinvigorate York scheme and the recruitment of a “head of transformation” through their budget amendment, which will be debated with other parties’ financial plans tomorrow night.

The group would accept a Government grant to freeze council tax, with the ruling Labour group proposing a 1.9 per cent increase, and say they would reverse £3 million of cuts to services including community and children’s centres, youth services, gully-cleaning and grants to voluntary groups.

They would retain the Minster Badge discounted parking scheme, which may end under Labour’s plans, reduce the size of the council’s cabinet, introduce a scheme to cut council carbon emissions over ten years and reinstate winter green bin collections.

Lib Dem leader Coun Keith Aspden said a new £500,000 community fund would be created for residents to spend on “local priorities”.

He said: “Experience tells us residents know where money should be spent in their communities, not council officers sitting at their desks, and our plans would also begin to curb Labour’s reckless borrowing which has seen interest payments and debt charges climb.”

Council leader James Alexander said the Lib Dems would not provide £10 million for a new bridge opening up the York Central site for development.

He said: “It is disappointing they have come out against public investment in getting this site developed, which is needed to secure well-paid jobs and decent homes. They want to continue to hold York back by jeopardising pump-priming of private sector investment using public funds.”

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10:48am Wed 26 Feb 14

BL2 says...

Cancelling the reinvigorate scheme is an absolute must for ALL parties! But lets not forget that, despite the absolute disaster that is the current council, the Lib Dums were nearly as bad!
Cancelling the reinvigorate scheme is an absolute must for ALL parties! But lets not forget that, despite the absolute disaster that is the current council, the Lib Dums were nearly as bad! BL2
  • Score: 0

11:14am Wed 26 Feb 14

Whistlejacket says...

Oh no! I agree with everything on that list. Am I becoming a Lib Dem?
Excuse me, I have to go and buy some sandals.
Oh no! I agree with everything on that list. Am I becoming a Lib Dem? Excuse me, I have to go and buy some sandals. Whistlejacket
  • Score: -2

12:44pm Wed 26 Feb 14

marvell says...

A sensible alternative to this wasteful and complacent Labour administration who are intent on spending money they don't have on unnecessary projects.
A sensible alternative to this wasteful and complacent Labour administration who are intent on spending money they don't have on unnecessary projects. marvell
  • Score: -2

1:54pm Wed 26 Feb 14

powerwatt says...

Nice of them to Copy & Paste the Conservative Group.
Nice of them to Copy & Paste the Conservative Group. powerwatt
  • Score: 1

1:58pm Wed 26 Feb 14

chelk says...

Alexander you have a problem:- The Residents Do Not Trust You
Alexander you have a problem:- The Residents Do Not Trust You chelk
  • Score: -3

2:22pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Dr Brian says...

Some good suggestions - unfortunately look at the mess the Lib Dems made last time they were in control!
Some good suggestions - unfortunately look at the mess the Lib Dems made last time they were in control! Dr Brian
  • Score: 3

3:04pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Oyy you says...

And could we have our parks looked after and locked at night please, they are quickly becoming no go area's........
And could we have our parks looked after and locked at night please, they are quickly becoming no go area's........ Oyy you
  • Score: 0

3:22pm Wed 26 Feb 14

CaroleBaines says...

Lib Dems a disaster last time and simply coming up with a few popularist bits and bobs is hardly inspiring.
Lib Dems a disaster last time and simply coming up with a few popularist bits and bobs is hardly inspiring. CaroleBaines
  • Score: 6

3:34pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

I was thinking about all these schemes the current lot want to do... and for me the first thing on any agenda would be to sort out parliment street. I remember when it used to be flat. Since all the stores etc and the removal of the toilets its so bad for walking on. Any trips would have a valid claim. Never seen such neglect and it is our main area. The slaps are all over the place...

I'd rather see whoever is in charge maintaining our nice areas rather then redo areas and neglect the basics.

Ah lib dems you forgot to mention open the bridge... no vote from me I’m afraid.
I was thinking about all these schemes the current lot want to do... and for me the first thing on any agenda would be to sort out parliment street. I remember when it used to be flat. Since all the stores etc and the removal of the toilets its so bad for walking on. Any trips would have a valid claim. Never seen such neglect and it is our main area. The slaps are all over the place... I'd rather see whoever is in charge maintaining our nice areas rather then redo areas and neglect the basics. Ah lib dems you forgot to mention open the bridge... no vote from me I’m afraid. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: -1

5:08pm Wed 26 Feb 14

bloodaxe says...

....oh yes, and a free holiday on the Algarve for every voter.
....oh yes, and a free holiday on the Algarve for every voter. bloodaxe
  • Score: 3

5:41pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Badgers Drift says...

Sacking the Assistant Director of Transformation is a sound proposal, but, surely this doesn't go far enough, as there are other senior officers who should also go, or be replaced ?
Sacking the Assistant Director of Transformation is a sound proposal, but, surely this doesn't go far enough, as there are other senior officers who should also go, or be replaced ? Badgers Drift
  • Score: -5

10:00pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Bo Jolly says...

Come on Lib Dems, you're ignoring the elephant in the room (or on the road, rather).

What will YOU do with Lendal Bridge?

I'm quite sure I'm not alone - there are lots and lots of formerly staunch Labour voters waiting to throw their lot in with you (albeit reluctantly, and in spite of your national party's cuddling up with the Tories) when you agree to stop the madness...
Come on Lib Dems, you're ignoring the elephant in the room (or on the road, rather). What will YOU do with Lendal Bridge? I'm quite sure I'm not alone - there are lots and lots of formerly staunch Labour voters waiting to throw their lot in with you (albeit reluctantly, and in spite of your national party's cuddling up with the Tories) when you agree to stop the madness... Bo Jolly
  • Score: 0

11:10pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Silver says...

It's a bad bad day when the lib dems are the best option but you know what they actually are ugh need a shower after this
It's a bad bad day when the lib dems are the best option but you know what they actually are ugh need a shower after this Silver
  • Score: -2

2:02am Thu 27 Feb 14

Magicman! says...

Well I propose all of the above, dual carriageway A1237, a tunnel from Tower Street to the A64, and a giant game of Ker-Plunk in Parliament Street...

....doesn't mean I actually have the MONEY to provide this!!
Well I propose all of the above, dual carriageway A1237, a tunnel from Tower Street to the A64, and a giant game of Ker-Plunk in Parliament Street... ....doesn't mean I actually have the MONEY to provide this!! Magicman!
  • Score: 3

12:56pm Thu 27 Feb 14

DeeJaiEss says...

The Lib Dems have well and truly blotted their copy-book in any future local elections.

They presided over the destruction of one of the most popular local amenities based in a prime location and did bot-all with it - the Barbican Centre.

As living testament to their inaction, the area of land that was once the location to Barbican Baths still sits there, overgrown and boarded up for all of York's visitors to see from the Bar Walls.

Anyone that lives on the east side of York now has no local sporting amenities - there nearest public swimming pool is Yearsley - those that can afford if now go to private health clubs and gyms. Those that live in Acomb have Energise.

Thankfully the concert venue has now reopened and is getting used but still the reminder of how inept the Lib Dems were when running York City Council is there for everyone to see.

"Lib Dem leader Coun Keith Aspden said a new £500,000 community fund would be created for residents to spend on “local priorities”.

He said: “Experience tells us residents know where money should be spent in their communities, not council officers sitting at their desks, and our plans would also begin to curb Labour’s reckless borrowing which has seen interest payments and debt charges climb.”

That experience, Mr Aspden won't give us the Barbican Baths back up and running, will it?

Not that I think the current Labour-run administration is the best thing since sliced bread - their arrogance and apparent failure to consult (which in a lot of instances, is about perception) is a massive source of frustration to council tax papers across the constituency.

I don't have too many objections with the work that is being done in the centre of York but the idea that someone can be paid over £1,000 a week to pus paper about? The French knew what to do with those sorts in their Revolution.

Working in the public sector should not be about how much money you can make from the public purse but what difference you can make to your community. I know the old chestnut of ‘if you want the best, you have to pay well'. What about 'if you get projects completed in time and under-budget, you will be awarded accordingly?'

Then everyone benefits!
The Lib Dems have well and truly blotted their copy-book in any future local elections. They presided over the destruction of one of the most popular local amenities based in a prime location and did bot-all with it - the Barbican Centre. As living testament to their inaction, the area of land that was once the location to Barbican Baths still sits there, overgrown and boarded up for all of York's visitors to see from the Bar Walls. Anyone that lives on the east side of York now has no local sporting amenities - there nearest public swimming pool is Yearsley - those that can afford if now go to private health clubs and gyms. Those that live in Acomb have Energise. Thankfully the concert venue has now reopened and is getting used but still the reminder of how inept the Lib Dems were when running York City Council is there for everyone to see. "Lib Dem leader Coun Keith Aspden said a new £500,000 community fund would be created for residents to spend on “local priorities”. He said: “Experience tells us residents know where money should be spent in their communities, not council officers sitting at their desks, and our plans would also begin to curb Labour’s reckless borrowing which has seen interest payments and debt charges climb.” That experience, Mr Aspden won't give us the Barbican Baths back up and running, will it? Not that I think the current Labour-run administration is the best thing since sliced bread - their arrogance and apparent failure to consult (which in a lot of instances, is about perception) is a massive source of frustration to council tax papers across the constituency. I don't have too many objections with the work that is being done in the centre of York but the idea that someone can be paid over £1,000 a week to pus paper about? The French knew what to do with those sorts in their Revolution. Working in the public sector should not be about how much money you can make from the public purse but what difference you can make to your community. I know the old chestnut of ‘if you want the best, you have to pay well'. What about 'if you get projects completed in time and under-budget, you will be awarded accordingly?' Then everyone benefits! DeeJaiEss
  • Score: 2

11:15pm Fri 28 Feb 14

MouseHouse says...

Send a message to blue tories on the 8th of March - join the Better Way demonstration at Cliffords Tower at 11:00.
Send a message to blue tories on the 8th of March - join the Better Way demonstration at Cliffords Tower at 11:00. MouseHouse
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