Councillors agree to massive cuts despite protests

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

 

Councillors agree to massive cuts despite protests

Protesters outside County Hall last night (Tuesday). Picture by Robin Crossley.

MASSIVE public service cuts were agreed by top councillors last night (Tuesday), amid angry protests outside County Hall.

Unions, service users and supporters waved placards and chanted 'No ifs no buts, no public service cuts' and 'They say cut back, we say fight back', ahead of the crunch cabinet meeting.

Some of the major cuts agreed last night include:

• Closing all tourist information centres by the end of March next year;

• Closing the Waterside Pool at Ryde by March 2011, unless a viable proposal at nil-cost to the council is  

  under active consideration;

• Delay rebuild of Newport and Ventnor fire stations;

• Cut beach lifeguards;

• Cut in parks and gardens by £200,000

• Cut to public toilets by £350,000 by 2013;

• Axe Wightbus from August 31 2011;

• Charge passengers 50p per journey on the Cowes chain ferry;

• Review bin collections but 'maintain a weekly element';

• Cease providing adult social care and find appropriate partners to deliver specialist services;

• Final decision on libraries to be taken next year after consultation;

• Find alternative provider to manage Newport Roman Villa, Ventnor Botanic Garden and Dinosaur Isle;

• Cut 38 senior management posts and 33 per cent of other principal officer posts.

Full coverage of the public service cuts in the Friday, December 10, County Press.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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