New cuts and more parking charges

Corby Council is considering axing its contribution to PCSOs in the town

Corby Council is considering axing its contribution to PCSOs in the town

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Corby Council could withdraw its £50,000 funding for three PCSOs in the town and introduce new car parking charges in a bid to bridge a large funding gap.

The ruling Labour group is also proposing a two per cent council tax increase, which will mean an extra 5p a week for people in band A and B properties.

However, despite the tough economic conditions facing the authority, a plan to put up council house rents by five per cent is set to be rejected by councillors, who are calling for a three per cent increase.

The 2013-2014 budget proposals will go out to public consultation until January before final decisions are made.

Chris Stanbra, leader of the Liberal Democrats on Corby Council, said: “PCSOs in Corby do fantastic work and, along with the council’s neighbourhood wardens, are at the forefront of the fight to make our town a better place to live.

“When the consultation starts I urge all local residents to get involved and if they agree with us, to make their voices heard in support of PCSOs.”

Cllr Rob McKellar said: “This is a very difficult budget.

“We now have to listen to people and take on board their reactions and views on what they want us to do.”

Cllr Mark Pengelly said: “The consultation will be wide-ranging and will include residents, the parish councils and tenants and residents’ associations. It is a difficult budget and I would urge people to give us their views. I am also asking the opposition on the council to put forward any ideas they have.”

Council director of corporate service Adrian Sibley said the authority will face a £1m deficit over four years.