By a County Press reporter
Saturday, June 16, 2012
LESS than a year after the Isle of Wight Council announced wholesale closures of public toilets, libraries and tourist information centres, the ruling Conservative group has announced plans for "one-off" spending on projects such as building beach huts and organising a Celebrate the Isle of Wight event.
But could the council have re-directed some of last year's £2.3 million underspend to re-establishing what many saw as vital services, or are their new ideas, which also include working with JobCentre Plus to help people into work, better for the long-term economic growth.
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by Paul Strauss
18th June 2012, at 15:33:53
Mr Leavey - I do sympathise, as I over the years I have had the odd comment removed too. And furthermore - I clearly remember 'Ming the Merciless's comments being removed because he posted using a nom de plume - and who removed them? IWCP Webmaster. Now unless, by some freakish co-incidence, there is an Mr Ian Walter Christopher Philip Webmaster working at the paper's offices, I would suggest that IWCP Webmaster is not HIS real name - which strikes me as grossly hypocritical.
18th June 2012, at 15:24:07
How about an extra bin truck or two? Collecting refuse once every 2 weeks is a national disgrace. Vermin will proliferate and during the warm weather (admittedly not a problem at the moment), the stench will discourage visitors from the Island, and the already fragile economy will finally implode and there will be riots on the streets. All because you wouldn't collect our rubbish with your 2 million quid. Are you happy now?
by James Leavey
18th June 2012, at 10:45:57
Interesting that the two comments I put up last night have been deleted. Was it because I suggested a child of five who could count would do a better job than the numbskull who overlooked £2.3 million in a year that saw one of the worst financial downtowns in UK history? Or was it my suggestion (based on the evidence before us) that the person concerned and everyone who signed off on that Twilight Zone budget should be sacked for gross negligence, including the Leader of the Council and his financial director?
by david walker
18th June 2012, at 00:38:07
This joke of a council needs to be investigated thoroughly. Too many financial anomaliies over the years to be put down to incompetence Kick em all out and start again
by ROBERT SMITH
17th June 2012, at 22:31:42
I as a RATE payer should has the RIGHT to call up on the council to call a island wide vote of conferdent IN the current council TOMORROW MONDAY 18 JUNE 2012.
by Maxine Haddleton
17th June 2012, at 20:32:22
This is abseloutely appalling! Excellent facilities like Appley Pitch & Putt were sacrificed amongst other things. I am amazed that they've got the nerve to admit such gross mismanagement.
by Kevin Barclay-Jay
17th June 2012, at 18:17:21
appears comments are being deleted....mustn't upset the Council now must we.....just how much do they spend on advertising in the CP
by paul Johnson
17th June 2012, at 11:04:32
What is the point in Having our Say, This Council will go on making these unpopular, inappropriate decisions in the deluded belief that they are acting in the best interest of the island until the electorate of the Island actually get off there backsides and vote them out. I do hope at the next local elections the people of the Island remember how they have closed down libraries, Public Toilets and Tourist Information Offices under the Sham "we can't afford it" only to be told we have an under-spend of £2.3 million what total inefficiency. What they really mean is WE GOT IT WRONG or WE MADE A MISTAKE but try getting anyone in local or central goverment to utter those words !!!
by Lettie Fitzsimmons
17th June 2012, at 09:00:46
How about sharing it amongst island residents. Maybe giving back at little, I.e. by deducting some off our council tax next year. Spending on beach huts is crazy,as most will not benefit from this at all. But I have a feeling council will do what they want anyway, regardless of what ideas are put forward. But it should definitely benefit all and not just the few. Then roll on the elections and get the numptys out of power ,they've had their chance .... And blew it big time
by Colin Russell
17th June 2012, at 08:59:11
Underspent 2.3 million, will the council tell the people of this Island how much money they are sitting on, ie money in reserve,? Be honest to the people for once in your life
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