Councillors will discuss their concerns over proposed county council funding cuts and how they could affect people in Wellingborough next week.
A consultation is being held on proposals which could see bus subsidies, libraries, roads gritting and Trading Standards cut as part of £9.6 million savings announced by Northamptonshire County Council last month.
The authority has also said that savings amounting to more than £27 million will be required to deliver a balanced budget for 2018/19.
Since the proposals were announced, groups and individuals across the county have been raising their concerns.
Wellingborough Council is also worried about the proposals which it fears will have a ‘severe and negative impact’ on individuals and families living in the borough.
It will be discussing its concerns and its response to the county council’s proposals at a meeting on Tuesday (November 28).
A report by the council’s managing director states: “Inevitably the changes to services will have an impact on the residents of the borough of Wellingborough.”
The report says the key implications for people in Wellingborough are:
- reduction in highway maintenance, including weed killing, road marking and road safety initiatives
- reduced stock of salt/grit, and reduction of winter gritting regime
- removal of bus subsidies where these are not a statutory duty
- reduction in Trading Standards services
- removal of the fund for county councillors (Empowering Councillors fund)
- closure of Earls Barton, Finedon, Irchester and Wollaston libraries
With the consultation period due to end on November 30, the borough council has a limited period to respond to the county council and the report has said its recommended response is:
- to express concern about the impact of the proposed savings on the lives of the people of the borough
- to invite discussions with the county council to mitigate the impact on local residents
- to advise the county council that the borough council’s own financial position is such that a transfer of responsibility for services is neither feasible or viable
The meeting starts at 7pm on Tuesday (November 28) at Swanspool House in Wellingborough.