Caerphilly debates where £14m cuts should be made

Campaign Series: CUTS: A scrutiny committee of Caerphilly council debated where £14.53m cuts should be made CUTS: A scrutiny committee of Caerphilly council debated where £14.53m cuts should be made

A SCRUTINY committee of Caerphilly council met last night to decide on cuts to the authority’s services and facilities.

The council has to make savings of £14.53m in 2014/15 as a result of the UK Government’s austerity measures, with further additional savings of £6.54m for 2015/16 and £7.06m for 2016/17, amounting to £28.13m over the next three years.

Members of the authority’s Regeneration and Environment Scrutiny Committee passed on a decision to close three public toilets, in Nelson, Newbridge and Fleur de Lys, saving £24,000.

The committee was told that a petition had been signed by 190 residents opposed to the potential closure of Caerphilly Leisure Centre’s cafe, but members decided they would go ahead with recommending its closure making a saving of £47,000 over two years. It is to be replaced by a “high-quality” vending machine.

But a decision to introduce charges for garden waste collection with a projected saving of £80,000 was withdrawn by members.

The future of Aber Valley Splash Pad in Senghenydd Park, which faced a cutback of £6,000, is to be reviewed again, after it was decided it would not be presented to the cabinet at this time.

Cllr John Taylor said claims the Splash Pad was installed against officers’ recommendations in 2006 were “totally misleading” and that relevant council meetings would show this.

He added: “We realise that the council has to save money but this would be a spiteful and mean cut targeted at the toddlers of the Aber Valley.

“They could make more of an annual saving if they cut the number of councillors in the council cabinet. Half the councils in Wales have fewer councillors in the cabinet than CCBC.”

It was also decided at a special meeting prior to the scrutiny committee that the council’s acting chief would remain in his post for a further six months.

A report presented to the council recommended Stuart Rosser’s contract should be extended because of the “complexity” surrounding an investigation into two of the council’s top officers.

It added: “The previous 12 months have been a period of considerable turmoil for the authority and the ability to employ an experienced Interim Chief Executive to provide leadership to the council has been invaluable.”

Mr Rosser took over as the authority’s interim chief executive on a six-month contract in July last year, following the suspension of Anthony O'Sullivan who was arrested on suspicion of fraud and misconduct in public office after huge pay rises were awarded to 21 senior officials at the authority.

Council leader Harry Andrews said Mr Rosser had done an “absolutely outstanding job” since taking up the post in July last year.

The decision to extend Mr Rosser’s contract will be subject to a review by the council prior to the expiry of the six month period at its scheduled meeting of the July 22, if the interim arrangements are still in place at this date.

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10:44am Wed 22 Jan 14

DavidReesJ says...

The decision taken last night by Caerphilly Council to close the toilets in Newbridge, as part of their cost saving plans is ridiculous. This decision is in complete disregard of public health, as such the three Councillors who are supposed to represent Newbridge should resign immediately! I suggest that the Council could have saved more by reducing the allowances of all the Councillors. What about the much bandied saying "We are all in this together"?
The decision taken last night by Caerphilly Council to close the toilets in Newbridge, as part of their cost saving plans is ridiculous. This decision is in complete disregard of public health, as such the three Councillors who are supposed to represent Newbridge should resign immediately! I suggest that the Council could have saved more by reducing the allowances of all the Councillors. What about the much bandied saying "We are all in this together"? DavidReesJ

10:52am Wed 22 Jan 14

gingertom says...

Less parties and buffets for the so called elite in the council will save money. Removing pay rises that were unlawful to start with especially to those who got high paid jobs through relations without having the qualifications is another. Closing toilets is going against advice of assembly and health organisations http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-wales-17237

717. http://www.bbc.co.uk

/news/uk-wales-polit

ics-16638078. Perhaps the assembly need to make councils legally bound to provide them.
Less parties and buffets for the so called elite in the council will save money. Removing pay rises that were unlawful to start with especially to those who got high paid jobs through relations without having the qualifications is another. Closing toilets is going against advice of assembly and health organisations http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-17237 717. http://www.bbc.co.uk /news/uk-wales-polit ics-16638078. Perhaps the assembly need to make councils legally bound to provide them. gingertom

10:54am Wed 22 Jan 14

gingertom says...

Spend less money in bargoed like building a cinema which a cinema group should have built themselves and then save our toilets. Newbridge had no facilities in the regenerstion except new pavements which are already plastered in chewing gum, businesses went to the wall and now they want to close the toilets. The only councillor that ever goes around the village is kath baker you never see the other two.
Spend less money in bargoed like building a cinema which a cinema group should have built themselves and then save our toilets. Newbridge had no facilities in the regenerstion except new pavements which are already plastered in chewing gum, businesses went to the wall and now they want to close the toilets. The only councillor that ever goes around the village is kath baker you never see the other two. gingertom

12:23pm Wed 22 Jan 14

gingertom says...

This is heartbreaking to see one of our longest running businesses in newbridge has to close due to the loss of business (the regeneration where newbridge had new pavements only did not help). Closing public toilets will put more people off coming to newbridge:

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s/catalogue_050.pdf (see lot 38)
This is heartbreaking to see one of our longest running businesses in newbridge has to close due to the loss of business (the regeneration where newbridge had new pavements only did not help). Closing public toilets will put more people off coming to newbridge: http://www.paulfosha uctions.com/document s/catalogue_050.pdf (see lot 38) gingertom

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