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Filling the council's budget black hole!

April 6, 2017 9:00 AM
Ida Linfield

Ida Linfield

The Gazette reported last week that Canterbury City Council's plans for a supercouncil have hit the buffers and that leader Simon Cook is bemoaning the fact that this leaves him with a £2.2m budget black hole to fill.
Can we suggest he blocks plans to spend £1.3m on fancy barriers and automatic number plate recognition schemes at our car parks - technology that will cost an ongoing fortune to service. Then he can abandon plans to chop down the trees in the High Street and plant new ones in the name of a so called improvement scheme. That's another £650,000 saved.
After that, stop spending money on consultants like the ones who produced the silly idea of a supercouncil in the first place or the consultants who produced other half witted schemes like the Westgate Towers traffic experiment, or the abandoned football hub at Ridlands Farm, or the almost universally derided local plan.
That's pretty much £2.2m saved for Cllr Cook's budget black hole. Can he then put pressure on his own government to fill in some other black holes like social care or our hospital? Even a few potholes wouldn't go amiss.
Ida Linfield - KCC candidate for Canterbury City South
Andrew Palmer - KCC candidate for Canterbury City North
Andrew Palmer

Andrew Palmer