What the group leaders say about the budget...
» Councillor Mark Hawthorne (C, Quedgeley), county council leader “Our commitment to go on supporting the most vulnerable people in our county, investing ever more in schools and in resurfacing of our roads is clear for all to see in the budget agreed today.
“The message I got loud and clear when out talking with people across the county was that we have the priorities and are invest plans are the right ones.
“Like the people of the county, we have an ambitious vision for the future of the county and the budget endorsed by Cabinet in January and agreed by council today shows that we are delivering.” » Councillor Paul Hodgkinson (Bourton-on-the-water and North-
leach), Liberal Democrat leader “I am delighted that we have secured a raft of changes to the Conservative budget which will make a real difference to people’s lives.
“With huge year-on-year cuts to the Public Health budget, I am particularly pleased that we will be investing an additional £100,000 into key priorities; training frontline staff in suicide prevention and promoting sexual health testing.
“It is, however, disappointing to see that the Conservatives could not bring themselves to row back on ill-judged decisions on recycling centres and permit parking.
“I am sure the residents of Gloucestershire will make their dissatisfaction known in years to come.”
» Councillor Lesley Williams (Stonehouse), Labour leader “Our amendments agreed as part of the budget will go some way to help children and young people that need the council’s support to ensure they have the best possible start in life and go onto be successful and engaged members of our communities.”
» The budget amendments made by the Greens, including greater investment in cycling infrastructure and climate change policy, were not approved at the meeting.
The Green’s leader, councillor Rachel Smith (Minchinhampton), said in the council meeting that councillors “need to act like our house is on fire and do something before it is too late”. [email protected]plc.com