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."

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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