Council tax to rise as Weymouth and Portland plan more cuts

Bournemouth Echo: SAVINGS: Councillors have approved plans to cut services and raise council tax SAVINGS: Councillors have approved plans to cut services and raise council tax

COUNCILLORS have approved a plan to make savings of almost £1million by cutting services and raising council tax.

Town and parish councils in Weymouth and Portland could be asked to provide more services in a bid to slash costs, and other solutions, including grants are being considered for provisions such as sports facilities.

The Weymouth BID also came under fire in the management committee meeting as Councillor Christine James questioned whether the scheme delivers value for money.

But councillors praised the proposals, which committee chairman Coun Peter Chapman described as a ‘holding budget’ to buy time to make future savings.

The report presented to councillors states that £900,000 of savings will have to be found in the 2014/15 financial year and a further £1,250,000 will have to be made by 2017.

Coun Ian Roebuck warned that generating extra income was important in the face of the cuts.

He said: “I think we have to get across to the public that we are attempting to increase income. It’s not all about savings.”

Coun Ian Bruce, spokesman for tourism and leisure, said the funding cuts do not have to mean a lower level of service.

He said: “We have an extremely good budget here and one which is delivering the services that we will require.

“The tourism and events team have taken quite a hard hit but I believe, despite the fact that there’s been a massive decrease in our budget, what’s being delivered is even better than what we had before.”

Coun Ray Nowak suggested to the meeting that Portland Town Council could play a bigger role in providing services.

He said: “It might be in our wider benefit if we had a small working group of borough and town councillors to discuss if and how we could move some services across to the town council.

“The pay-off is that we could then – if the model works – demonstrate to the residents of Weymouth that it might be beneficial for them to have a town council.”

Coun Christine James told the committee she would like to see ‘more for our money’ from Weymouth BID in light of the savings that need to be made.

Weymouth and Portland Borough Council currently pays a levy of £19,673.

Coun James said: “We are contributing a large sum of money for which we are not getting much other than glossy brochures setting out their aims.”

Coun Chapman said the BID is ‘important to the town centre’.

Councillors voted in favour of the proposals, which will be put out to consultation before being discussed at a full council meeting next year.

Coun Chapman added: “I have a lot of confidence we will be able to get there because of the excellent work that has gone on so far.

THE report included a proposal to raise council tax by 1.9 per cent for 2014/15. More income could be generated by raising fees at Weymouth Crematorium by 10 per cent. Areas where the council is looking to make savings include mayoral services, festivals and events and parks and open spaces.

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7:43am Wed 4 Dec 13

arlbergbahn says...

If this bunch of shambling incompetents was a business, it would have gone bust years ago. Just go. Abolish yourselves. Let your Colleagues at WDDC take over. Don't keep whinging and whining about how "waa waa, the Government is so rotten and cruel to us, and won't give us enough money", and expecting the Public to keep coming up with more money to make up for your utter hopelessness. And go particularly, Coun Ian Bruce, "Spokesman for Tourism & leisure" and failed MP. What have you EVER done to encourage tourism & leisure, apart from sitting back comfortably and expecting the millions to fall into your laps from the windfall from the Olympics.
If this bunch of shambling incompetents was a business, it would have gone bust years ago. Just go. Abolish yourselves. Let your Colleagues at WDDC take over. Don't keep whinging and whining about how "waa waa, the Government is so rotten and cruel to us, and won't give us enough money", and expecting the Public to keep coming up with more money to make up for your utter hopelessness. And go particularly, Coun Ian Bruce, "Spokesman for Tourism & leisure" and failed MP. What have you EVER done to encourage tourism & leisure, apart from sitting back comfortably and expecting the millions to fall into your laps from the windfall from the Olympics. arlbergbahn

8:03am Wed 4 Dec 13

ThomasFairfax says...

There is no other area of everyday life where people would accept paying more and more for less and less.
With Council Tax (and energy charges) there is no option than to grudgingly recognise that extortion is now an accepted tool of many "businesses" and part of the economic market place.
There is no other area of everyday life where people would accept paying more and more for less and less. With Council Tax (and energy charges) there is no option than to grudgingly recognise that extortion is now an accepted tool of many "businesses" and part of the economic market place. ThomasFairfax

8:46am Wed 4 Dec 13

Woodgate says...

Tinkering by people hardly qualified or experienced to do anything else.....
Strategy, expertise and engage (properly) with private sector please - the Government and Council Tax payers aren't going to bail out W&P
Tinkering by people hardly qualified or experienced to do anything else..... Strategy, expertise and engage (properly) with private sector please - the Government and Council Tax payers aren't going to bail out W&P Woodgate

9:02am Wed 4 Dec 13

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Councillors voted in favour of the proposals, which will be put out to consultation before being discussed at a full council meeting next year.
Consultation with whom or does this mean the employment of expensive consultants? I don't expect that it means consultation with the taxpayers!
Councillors voted in favour of the proposals, which will be put out to consultation before being discussed at a full council meeting next year. Consultation with whom or does this mean the employment of expensive consultants? I don't expect that it means consultation with the taxpayers! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE

9:07am Wed 4 Dec 13

annotater says...

" Coun Ian Roebuck warned that generating extra income was important in the face of the cuts.

He said: “I think we have to get across to the public that we are attempting to increase income. It’s not all about savings.”

You obviously have no business expertise.
To cut costs, you have to either generate extra income by being productive or remove your overheads. That is the basics of how to run any business. You cannot do both. To do both is bad practice.
Go back to school and learn about running a business properly instead of stabbing us all in the back!
" Coun Ian Roebuck warned that generating extra income was important in the face of the cuts. He said: “I think we have to get across to the public that we are attempting to increase income. It’s not all about savings.” You obviously have no business expertise. To cut costs, you have to either generate extra income by being productive or remove your overheads. That is the basics of how to run any business. You cannot do both. To do both is bad practice. Go back to school and learn about running a business properly instead of stabbing us all in the back! annotater

11:32am Wed 4 Dec 13

Get a grip says...

Dear Cllr James.

Well the BID are only trying to do something that the council have failed to do for many years.

It could be argued that the council have a large part to play in not identifying a clear strategy for the town.

As an example the continued policy of owning hotels is restricting the operators from being able to move with the times and provide modern facilities.

But never mind within 3 years the council will be reduced to a Town Council then at least Weymouth & Portland will start to recover.
Dear Cllr James. Well the BID are only trying to do something that the council have failed to do for many years. It could be argued that the council have a large part to play in not identifying a clear strategy for the town. As an example the continued policy of owning hotels is restricting the operators from being able to move with the times and provide modern facilities. But never mind within 3 years the council will be reduced to a Town Council then at least Weymouth & Portland will start to recover. Get a grip

2:55pm Wed 4 Dec 13

weymouthfox says...

The incompetents who form Weymouth council are so little brainpower they can only keep making cuts, closing things or ruining the town. We need cuts to the number of councillors and to the high allowances they all claim.
Were they the subject of real cuts, they might have limited recognition of what it feels like Charge councillors for parking too, instead of giving them a free pass.
The incompetents who form Weymouth council are so little brainpower they can only keep making cuts, closing things or ruining the town. We need cuts to the number of councillors and to the high allowances they all claim. Were they the subject of real cuts, they might have limited recognition of what it feels like Charge councillors for parking too, instead of giving them a free pass. weymouthfox

4:30pm Wed 4 Dec 13

bedpans says...

I agree with Christine James. The BID is a total waste of money and is of no use to most businesses in the town. One or two people have made nice little positions for themselves-smells of corruption. In a recent survey it transpired only 40% of business were in favour. What does Mr Reed do for those who are not within his inner sanctum. The BID is nothing more than an extension of The chamber of commerce.-DISBAND IT NOW and save £19k

FRED
I agree with Christine James. The BID is a total waste of money and is of no use to most businesses in the town. One or two people have made nice little positions for themselves-smells of corruption. In a recent survey it transpired only 40% of business were in favour. What does Mr Reed do for those who are not within his inner sanctum. The BID is nothing more than an extension of The chamber of commerce.-DISBAND IT NOW and save £19k FRED bedpans

6:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

rjimmer says...

"The Weymouth BID also came under fire in the management committee meeting as Councillor Christine James questioned whether the scheme delivers value for money." @@@@ Now there's a surprise!
"The Weymouth BID also came under fire in the management committee meeting as Councillor Christine James questioned whether the scheme delivers value for money." @@@@ Now there's a surprise! rjimmer

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