Out­rage over coun­cil’s £1mil­lion cuts pack­age

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Hundreds have hit out over plans to axe lol­lipop pa­trollers and cut bin col­lec­tions in a bid to slash £1mil­lion from coun­cil spend­ing.

The Len­nox Her­ald re­ported the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion’s pro­pos­als, which are set to go out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion, next week.

Ax­ing 12 lol­lipop cross­ing pa­trollers, col­lect­ing grey bin rub­bish ev­ery three weeks and cut­ting back on lit­ter pick­ing are some of their pre­ferred plans.

The rul­ingWest Dun­bar­ton­shire Coun­cil politi­cians also plan to grass over sum­mer flower dis­plays, cut ceme­tery main­te­nance and slash fund­ing to lo­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions.

But more than 200 res­i­dents voiced their anger over the pro­pos­als on our Face­book page.

They were par­tic­u­larly an­noyed over the plans to cut waste col­lec­tions, with many say­ing they strug­gle as it is with fort­nightly pick-ups.

Lor­raine Craig wrote:“You got to be kid­ding!You can’t even buy a se­cond gen­eral waste bin as it is!We strug­gle af­ter seven days and I’ve been fight­ing for three years now to buy an­other bin to have the man come to my door and lec­ture me on cut­ting back on waste!

“There are three chil­dren and two adults in here. It’s pa­thetic. We re­cy­cle as much as we can and al­ready have two re­cy­cling bins.”

Chirsty Sterry posted:“I re­cy­cle pretty much ev­ery­thing that I can and I still strug­gle with the green bin get­ting picked up ev­ery two weeks. Will they cut our coun­cil tax for the cuts to the ser­vices? Nope lol.”

And Me­gan Robertson fumed:“No lol­lipop peo­ple, no grit­ting, ridicu­lous bin col­lec­tions and non stop road works where the roads are still a joke.What are we pay­ing coun­cil for?”

All the pro­pos­als will go out to pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on Jan­uary 8 for four weeks be­fore the bud­get meet­ing on March 5.

The SNP group has al­ready over­seen a de­ci­sion taken by coun­cil of­fi­cers to axe free school milk at lunchtime and cut 35 part-time clean­ing jobs.

Food prep ar­eas in sec­ondary schools will no longer be cleaned by staff on a daily ba­sis. In­stead pupils will do the work.

Jen­nifer Atkin­son wrote:“Will WDC be pay­ing for kids to go through food hy­giene cour­ses for this! Ridicu­lous to even pro­pose food prep ar­eas be­ing cleaned by pupils.”

Coun­cil leader Jonathan McColl said he is con­fi­dent the es­ti­mated £1.099m fund­ing gap will be smaller by the time the coun­cil come to set their bud­get.

He said:“What we have be­fore us is a draft bud­get and shows the pub­lic that these are the de­ci­sions we may be forced to make.This is a worst case sce­nario bud­get.”

Dum­bar­ton MSP Jackie Bail­lie de­scribed the pro­pos­als as “shame­ful”, say­ing:“Lo­cal res­i­dents will also be up in arms about the SNP ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plans to move from a fort­nightly to three-weekly bin col­lec­tion ser­vice.

“This comes on top of the so-called man­age­ment ad­just­ments agreed be­hind closed doors between se­nior SNP coun­cil­lors and of­fi­cers to cut £1.2m from lo­cal ser­vices.”

Cuts How we re­ported the plans last week

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