Outrage over council’s £1million cuts package
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