‘I’ll fight those who threaten our county’
Council leader makes pledge in new year message
THE leader of Bucks County Council has said he is ‘determined to fight’ those who threaten the county.
In his new year message, Martin Tett addressed Aylesbury Vale District Council’s announcement that it is considering becoming a unitary authority. He has already shared his anger at the plans, saying the county was not consulted on them.
He said: “I am determined to fight those who threaten our county, our countryside, our prosperity and our fantastic education system. I hope I have your support in doing so.”
Mr Tett also spoke of the need to make nearly
Bucks County Council leader Martin Tett £50million in spending reductions, as well as the pressures on the budget due to cuts in the county’s funding.
He added that despite this financial challenge, it spent more than £20m on restoring roads last year and plans to spend another £25m next year.
He added there are still challenges, with £12m being cut from the county’s funding from government.
He said: “As a result of this and the need to fund the services for our growing elderly population and provide new school places for the many new young people in the county, we will have to make nearly £50m of spending reductions.
“We have already had to take some tough and, at times, unpopular decisions such as increasing costs for home to school transport and introducing parking charges.”
He also admitted some changes had not gone ‘as planned’, like grass cutting becoming less frequent.
He said: “This was not well done and I apologise for this.
“However, most of our savings continue to be in the council’s own back office as we prioritise front line services, particularly to the most vulnerable.”
Mr Tett also mentioned the recent announcement that Bucks would be working with Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.
He said this had been prompted by concerns over ‘urban sprawl’ and to allow the county to compete for government funding with big cities like Manchester.
We have already had to
take some tough and, at times, unpopular