People have a say on council savings

Residents chat to leader of the Wellingborough Borough Council Paul Bell about their local issues at the Swansgate Centre on Saturday 28th January 2012
Residents chat to leader of the Wellingborough Borough Council Paul Bell about their local issues at the Swansgate Centre on Saturday 28th January 2012

Shoppers were able to speak to councillors about their plans to make £750,000 of savings to help meet a budget shortfall.

Seven councillors set up a stall in the middle of the Swansgate Shopping Centre in Wellingborough on Saturday to meet shoppers and to hear their thoughts on the council’s plans.

Wellingborough Council needs to find £750,000 of savings to balance its books for next year.

Some of the suggestions to save cash include reducing stationery and training budgets, stopping free drinks at council meetings, restructuring the council’s management, increasing charges at Glamis Hall day centre in Wellingborough, hiring out council meeting rooms and allowing advertising in the multi-storey car park in Wellingborough.

Council leader Paul Bell, deputy leader Barry Graves, cllrs Graham Lawman, Thomas Pursglove, Patricia Raymond and Mark Hollyman all took it in turns to man the stall at the weekend.

The event lasted for four hours, and in that time councillors spoke to more than 50 people.

Cllr Bell said: “The majority of people we spoke to were content with our savings suggestions. It was appreciated that we had thought of ways to balance the books without affecting services too much.

“We were really pleased that so many people took the opportunity to talk to us and not just about the budget – we had questions about bin collections, car parking, town centre redevelopment, street lighting and lots more.

“We are planning to host regular events like this every three months from now on.”