The Leader of the Conservatives on Brighton & Hove City Council – Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald – has issued a last-minute plea to both the Green and Labour parties to support his Group’s common-sense proposals at tonight’s Budget setting meeting. Measures being proposed by the Conservatives include:
• Delivering residents a council tax freeze.
• Bringing the cost of Business and Trader Permits back down to an affordable level.
• Restoring community library opening hours.
• Stopping the Green’s proposed allotment tax.
• Keeping open all the seafront public toilets
• Freezing tree donation charges
• Giving additional funding for young people through the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum and the Council’s Youth Service.
• Restoring sanity to the Lanes Car Park charges
• And retaining the city’s historic mayoral number plate CD 1.
Cllr. Theobald said: “To the Greens I would say please recognise the overwhelming public support there is for a council tax freeze in the city. Residents will never forgive you if you plough ahead and ignore them. And to the Labour Party I am making a plea – you campaigned strongly to reverse the Green proposals to close public toilets, restore library opening hours in Hangleton and Portslade and keep allotment and traders’ parking charges affordable. We have put forward a costed proposal that would allow you to do all of these things by using money that is currently being used to fund Trade Union activity at the Council. Please join us tonight in making it happen.”
Notes to editors:
Budget amendments being put forward by the Conservative Group include proposals to:
• Make additional savings of £1.2 million in order to claim a £3 million grant from the Coalition Government to enable a council tax freeze.
• Reduce the Green’s proposed annual charge for Business parking permits from £300 to £200 and Trader permits from £600 to £400 and increase the availability of Trader permits by 40%.
• Restore half a day’s opening at both Hangleton and Portslade community libraries.
• Reduce the Green’s proposed increase in allotment fees from £111 over two years to £72.
• Keep open all the seafront public toilets that the Green’s proposed to close.
• Freeze tree donation charges that were due to double under Green proposals.
• Give additional funding for young people through the Community and Voluntary Sector Forum and the Council’s Youth Service.
• Provide cheaper parking at the Council’s Lanes Car Park.
• Retain the city’s historic mayoral number plate CD 1, which the Greens have proposed to sell off and replace the one-off funding this would have provided for community groups from the Council’s underspend.