Hertsmere Borough Council has new proposals for cost cutting

First published in News Borehamwood Times: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

Car parking charges could rise and councillors could be allocated less money to give to good causes under new cost cutting measures.

Hertsmere Borough Council is facing a reduction in its grant from the government of £307,000 next financial year.

In order to balance its books, the council spent the summer consulting a selection of residents on what services they wished to see protected.

As a result of the survey, the council has proposed to increase prices for on and off street parking.

Off street parking will increase from 50p to 70p for the first hour and on street parking will increase to 50p for the second half hour, while still keeping the first 30 minutes free.

This is expected to bring in £297,000 a year, £50,000 of which would be reinvested in resurfacing car parks.

The council has also proposed to save £19,500 by halving the amount of money councillors can give out to good causes in the area in its Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme, which currently stands at £1000 per councillor per year.

The local authority also proposes to change the way in which members of the public can meet with council officers face to face, which would save £25,000.

The proposals are made in the council’s draft Revenue Budget report, which will be presented to the overview and scrutiny committee on January 27 for consultation.

If passed, they could save the council £348,000.

Speaking about the consultation exercise, Councillor Morris Bright thanked the  Hertsmere residents who took part.

He said: “All local authorities continue to face tough financial decisions and Hertsmere is no exception. This participatory budgeting exercise gave us valuable information about what services the participants want to see protected.

“A clear message from residents is that they want us to continue to support Police Community Support Officers as well as maintaining our green waste and recycling collections throughout the year. We are committed to continuing these services, so these will not change.

“However there are other services that we are looking to change - by seeing if we can run them more efficiently or by increasing income.”

 

 

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2:08pm Wed 15 Jan 14

pwelsh says...

for information it would be interesting to know which residents are consulted, how many are consulted and how can one be added to this survey group
for information it would be interesting to know which residents are consulted, how many are consulted and how can one be added to this survey group pwelsh
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6:21pm Wed 15 Jan 14

Suzy-Sue says...

I don't agree with the reduction in councillors local funds - with £1000 this can be spent on maybe 2-4 different 'causes/charities', enabling a great difference to be made in their running or in what they can achieve. But with only a £500 local fund this will mean that probably only 1 or 2 local 'causes' will be helped and that could mean the demise of a 'cause' if they don't get local funding.

I also agree with Paul Welsh - who were the residents consulted and how were they selected and how was this advertised? We need and must demand greater openess and transparency in such matters! It's our taxpayers money and yet we seem to be the last to have a say on such matters.
I don't agree with the reduction in councillors local funds - with £1000 this can be spent on maybe 2-4 different 'causes/charities', enabling a great difference to be made in their running or in what they can achieve. But with only a £500 local fund this will mean that probably only 1 or 2 local 'causes' will be helped and that could mean the demise of a 'cause' if they don't get local funding. I also agree with Paul Welsh - who were the residents consulted and how were they selected and how was this advertised? We need and must demand greater openess and transparency in such matters! It's our taxpayers money and yet we seem to be the last to have a say on such matters. Suzy-Sue
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6:25pm Sat 18 Jan 14

Unsullied says...

The councillors Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme is no more than a gimmick, designed to give good publicity for the councillors. Scrap it.
The councillors Ward Improvement Initiative Scheme is no more than a gimmick, designed to give good publicity for the councillors. Scrap it. Unsullied
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