A MEETING FOR THE COMMUNITY
A meeting has been arranged on Thursday 18th October at 4 pm at New Brighton Community Centre by New Brighton Community Association, New Brighton Community Partnership, the New Brighton Heritage Centre and Vale House Community Centre. There will be a presentation from the Council and an opportunity for community members to ask questions and to fill in the Council’s questionnaires.
This will be followed by and update on the seafront developments and a presentation regarding sand replenishment proposals.
People asked to decide ‘What Really Matters’
Wirral Council is asking local people ‘What Really Matters’ as it faces unprecedented cuts to its funding from central government.
A massive consultation has been launched across the borough to help the authority make vital savings in light of the fact that one third of its net budget will be removed over the next three years.
Residents, local businesses and anyone with an interest in the services that the Council provides are being urged to get involved by completing a questionnaire, which amongst other things, asks about peoples’ highest and lowest priorities and whether it would be right to increase fees for certain chargeable services. The survey also asks whether the Council should consider outsourcing or sharing some local services with other organisations and which, if any, services should be stopped or reduced.
The intense process of gathering peoples’ views started today at Asda in Woodchurch where Council Leader, Phil Davies and Chief Executive, Graham Burgess met with staff and shoppers. Amongst other places, the Council will be visiting shopping centres, supermarkets, community centres, cinemas and bingo halls during the course of the consultation to make sure that as many people as possible get the opportunity to have their say.
Leader of the Council, Councillor Phil Davies, explained:
“The scale of the savings we are being forced to make is greater than anything we have faced before. The removal of one third of our net budget means that we must reduce our spending by around £100 million over the next three years.
“I cannot stress enough how important it is that people get involved in this process. We have no choice but to become a different Council and this is going to mean radical and rapid change, making sure that our remaining budget is carefully targeted at our residents’ main priorities. We need to know what services matter the most to people and their families so that we can make sure that we spend our reduced budget on the right things.”
People have until 19th October to take part, at which point the results will be used to develop specific options for achieving the savings that the authority has to make. Further consultation will then take place to gather views on these options before final decisions are made on how the savings will be found.
The questionnaire, along with a video explaining the consultation, can be found online, at www.wirral.gov.uk/whatreallymatters. Hard copies are also available from any Council One Stop Shop, Library,Leisure Centre or Children’s Centre.