Council facing a battle over cuts

Higham Ferrers Infants and Junior School pupils Max Hindmarch (9), Maddi Smith (10), Conor Boulton (7) and Ellen Farmery (7) survey troublesome traffic outside their school on Wharf Road with PCSO Rob Brown
Higham Ferrers Infants and Junior School pupils Max Hindmarch (9), Maddi Smith (10), Conor Boulton (7) and Ellen Farmery (7) survey troublesome traffic outside their school on Wharf Road with PCSO Rob Brown
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In 2011 the Conservative-dominated Northamptonshire County Council embarked on a cost-cutting review.

They could have chosen cuts in the back office and not squandered money on ridiculous projects, like paying out £3,180 for an ex-councillor’s portrait.

Part of their unfair cuts include looking at cutting their commitment to the Police Community Support Officer budget. The county council cuts would result in borough councils having to find more money to retain the PCSO service.

In December 2011 the crime figures for Cottingham were zero per cent, which residents attribute to the hard work and dedication of the village PCSO and neighbourhood wardens.

In Corby it is safe to walk the streets and park your car, a luxury that was rare in the 1970s and 1980s. All these achievements will be for nothing if the Conservatives at County Hall go ahead and cut the funding.

The position of the Conservatives is made even more bizarre as their party is bringing in the new and unnecessary post of police commissioner.

It begs the question: “How on earth did the police manage to do their jobs up until now, without another highly paid pen pushing civil servant”?

I have started a campaign to keep the PCSOs, who both reassure the public and keep anti-social behaviour to a minimum.

On February 9 I submitted a motion to a full council meeting of Corby Council. The motion asked the county council to keep the PCSO funding at current levels and not to cut them. It was passed unanimously.

I have now received support in my campaign from many parish councils and neighbourhood groups.

I would like to keep up the momentum and want to show Northamptonshire County Council how out of touch they are, so I am asking individuals, parish councils, parish meeting groups,

Neighbourhood associations and voluntary groups, to write to me in support of the PCSOs. I want to show county councillors at Northampton the real depth of people’s concerns.

Cllr Bob Riley

Deputy Leader

Liberal Democrat Group

Corby Council