Where is the al­ter­na­tive pro­posal to charges?

South Wales Evening Post - - LETTERS - COUN­CIL­LOR LES­LEY WAL­TON Town­hill ward

IT re­ally is a bit much that the lo­cal Tory AM [Suzy Davies] is com­plain­ing against the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion to charge in car parks where they have pre­vi­ously been free (Post, Jan­uary 11).

Like so many oth­ers be­fore her who have jumped up and down in protest against a coun­cil pro­posal she of­fers no al­ter­na­tive.

Yet we are still hav­ing to find ways of cut­ting an­other £20 mil­lion.

It’s her Tory Gov­ern­ment which con­tin­ues to ex­pect coun­cils across the UK to make fur­ther cuts yet still pro­vide ex­actly the same ser­vice as be­fore.

And as for them say­ing that aus­ter­ity is at an end, even Tory Lord Porter, chair of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, has very re­cently pointed out a fund­ing gap for lo­cal au­thor­i­ties of £3.1 bil­lion for 2019-20.

As it is Swansea Coun­cil and staff have worked very hard in or­der to re­duce the bud­get year on year while still main­tain­ing ser­vices. But we are fast get­ting to the point where we are fac­ing vir­tu­ally im­pos­si­ble choices, and def­i­nitely a case of damned if we do and damned if we don’t!

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