Details of Conservative budget plans released

By Martin Neville

Monday, February 24, 2014


TORY councillors have published more details of their alternative budget proposals, ahead of Wednesday’s Isle of Wight Council budget meeting.

They said they would avoid major hikes in car parking charges proposed by the Independents and also put forward plans to retain free daytime parking.

This would be funded by a £1 overnight parking tariff for car parks and paid for on-street parking areas.

Conservative proposals include:

£ A commitment to retain school crossing patrols at a cost of £90,000.

£ Increase daytime parking fees by rounding up to the nearest pound, raising an additional £20,000.

£ Retain free daytime parking but introduce a £1 overnight parking fee — 6pm until 8am — raising £200,000.

£  Allocate £100,000 for a major road safety scheme across the Isle of Wight.

£ A reduction in special responsibility allowances paid to cabinet members by abolishing the posts of deputy cabinet members, saving £15,000.

£ Stop payment by the Isle of Wight Council of the cost of the full time union rep.

The moves would also be funded by increasing planning fees by five per cent, raising £25,000, and introducing a new pre-planning meeting fee for major commercial developers.

Conservative group secretary Cllr Chris Whitehouse, added: "Many major developers stand to make substantial profits from building housing estates and retail properties on the Island, raising £10,000.

"It is increasingly the case planning officers are called on to meet such developers repeatedly to help them progress their ideas.

"It is wrong that such commercial meetings should be paid for by local council taxpayers."

Cllr Wayne Whittle added: "Conservatives will be calling for a thorough review of charges for leisure facilities so the major subsidies paid to council run facilities do not undermine sports centres provided by the community such as the Waterside Centre and the West Wight Sports Centre.

"Council leisure centres should be run as cost neutral operations."



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by Peter Jeffery

28th February 2014, at 16:33:32

The UK Obvious comments Party ?

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by Den Young

27th February 2014, at 19:10:46

who are UKOP?

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by Keven Ball

26th February 2014, at 11:20:27

People have the right to vote for who ever they wish. Why would you vote for UKOP David, what are they offering us others aren't?

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by David Blackford

25th February 2014, at 09:35:21

No matter what your politics are - Vote UKIP in the forthcoming EU Government elections - And give Lab, Lib and Con a resounding message.

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by alan naylor

25th February 2014, at 02:19:32

Major developer s are backing out of building on the island already its a fine line with affordable homes in the mixed perhaps local builders can do it HOPE THEY GET PAID

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by Keven Ball

24th February 2014, at 22:06:12

Peter – we all know Britain give the most foreign aid out of most countries; I agree we need to reduce this to help ourselves in these tough times. I am not sure what you are referring to with the Ukraine, I thought they were already on the national list for foreign aid?

Here is a link or two:

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by Peter Jeffery

24th February 2014, at 19:12:32

Hey, but don't worry, latest news, our government are going to add Ukraine to that Foreign aid list !

Ukraine ? Aren't they one of those nations with a stranglehold on Gas supplies ? That will be a coincedence then.

One simple solution. Instead of squeezing the life and services out of Councils in the UK, slash that aid budget, and while your at it, put the highest tax band back up again and look after the UK people.

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by Keven Ball

24th February 2014, at 18:43:50

Yes, that is a point. It s almost the end of the tax year and we start again in April! Doesn’t time fly…

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by John James

24th February 2014, at 17:06:21

They should have waited and released this on April 1st. It would have had more creditability.

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by Mat Thomas

24th February 2014, at 15:20:40

Sadly too true too.

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