Home Council Budget Cllr Wares’ Budget Address 2018

Cllr Wares’ Budget Address 2018

Cllr. Lee Wares
Cllr. Lee Wares


It is essential that we carefully and efficiently plan to spend our money and critically, not waste it.

The Left Hand Doesn’t Know What The Hard-Left Hand Is Doing

Recently we had to deal with the debacle of Hangleton Bottom. Clearly a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand was doing or perhaps it would be more accurate to say the left hand and the hard left hand. How ridiculous it was that on Council land we had two Council projects for similar developments where the Administration Lead on one didn’t know the detail of the other. More unbelievable was that one would cost £160k and the other £750k. Thankfully after the Conservative Group’s intervention there now won’t be such a waste of taxpayer’s money.

Shocking Overspend Of Shelter Hall

We have also learnt of the shocking overspend of Shelter Hall. Another £7m on top of the agreed and spent £10m. Some of that extra money will come from the Local Transport Plan robbing other projects of £3m. In trying to forget the massive overspend, it will also be a year late and clash with the delayed Valley Gardens project. We know the two won’t easily cohabit especially when you take account of the Government funded half a Billion pound hospital redevelopment. We were once told not to worry because Shelter Hall will be finished in time, more false promise from Labour.

Essential That Labour Administration Carefully Co-ordinate Construction Phases

And on Valley Gardens, it is absolutely essential that Labour don’t take their eye off the ball. It has to keep the momentum going, not be disrupted by Momentum. It was rather concerning therefore that the Lead on Tourism, who was also on ETS Committee that approved the program for Valley Gardens, was quoted in the Argus saying he was aware it was happening but didn’t know when. I ask you, What hope do we have?

14 Months Later We Are Still Waiting

And the waste goes on……ETS agreed to alter a junction in Patcham to improve road and pedestrian safety. 14 months later we are still waiting and to add insult to injury we will have to dig up part of the road that we only just resurfaced.

The Labour Administration Has Proven Time & Time Again That They Are Incapable…

So in concluding, the Labour Administration has proven time and time again that they are entirely incapable of planning projects. They couldn’t run a bath let alone a project, they are no better than a dysfunctional shower. Labour can’t be trusted with the money they have, it is time to stop moaning and start spending what they have efficiently.