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LIVE: County Hall sets budget

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Will Lodge, Senior reporter

Conservative administration has proposed a council tax freeze for the fourth year running.

  • Spending plans include £2m on flood management & £1m on school improvements.
  • Opposition parties will put forward their alternative plans today.
  • All alternatives include £3m for youth services.

  • Comments


    Kim Gandy 12:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Other Labour plans include:

    £160k to pay living wage for lowest paid council employees

    What about employees of private organisations? At least one of these political parties should be banging the drum for a proper living wage for ALL sectors of employment.

    "We cannot and will not live beyond our means."

    What, you mean like the free dinners at County Hall and the chairman's chauffeur driven limo?

    "Cllr Durcan (Lab) says spending on flood repairs is welcomed but asked where was funding to prevent it."

    Oh my God, some commonsense at last from Labour.

    Score: -2
    Cllr Dave Harris 12:08pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Living wage should be there for all

    Score: 10
    Cllr Dave Harris 12:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential

    Score: 12
    Kim Gandy 12:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Cllr Dave Harris wrote…


    Living wage should be there for all

    Absolutely

    Score: 6
    Kim Gandy 12:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Cllr Dave Harris wrote…


    Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential

    Flood prevention would be better.

    The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.

    Score: 4
    Cllr Dave Harris 12:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    County council needs to get a grip of the contractor ring way whose performance on pot holes is dire
    The criteria needs review so we are not wasting tax payer cash
    More pot holes repaired in a quicker smarter way

    Score: 9
    Cllr Dave Harris 12:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Kim Gandy wrote…


    Cllr Dave Harris wrote…


    Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential
    Flood prevention would be better.

    The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.

    Definitely agreed

    Score: 0
    Nebs 12:28pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Cllr Dave Harris wrote…


    County council needs to get a grip of the contractor ring way whose performance on pot holes is dire
    The criteria needs review so we are not wasting tax payer cash
    More pot holes repaired in a quicker smarter way

    There must be enough potholes to justify the full time employment of a small team of repairers. It would surely be cheaper than paying a middleman contractor.

    Score: 10
    julieee 1:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    every council promoting living wage should ensure everybody working in their buildings is receiving it, including the sub-contacted cleaner

    Score: 6
    Cllr Dave Harris 1:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Fiasco of budget setting over with cuts incorporated
    Winners are those who have
    Loosers are vulnerable, sick, youth work and of course our poor roads
    Oh yes another winner is quik fit in car repairs

    Score: 5
    You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat 2:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Kim Gandy wrote…


    Cllr Dave Harris wrote…


    Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential
    Flood prevention would be better.

    The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.

    As the Government has said today 50 years of neglect, with five weeks of rain, is the reason, try grasping that simple equation, before thinking throwing local money, which isn't there will sort it.

    Score: 3
    Lesley 5:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

    It's about time some resources were allocated to this.

    Score: 1
    You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat 5:42pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Lesley wrote…


    The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

    It's about time some resources were allocated to this.

    You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time

    Score: -5
    Lesley 6:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    You'dfeelbetterforkn
    owingthat
    wrote…


    Lesley wrote…


    The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

    It's about time some resources were allocated to this.
    You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time

    No, we have cleared the drain at the top of our drive a few times but it soon silts up again.

    Anyway, it shouldn't have to be cleared by me, that's what I pay council tax for.

    Score: 7
    You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat 9:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

    Lesley wrote…


    You'dfeelbetterforkn

    owingthat
    wrote…


    Lesley wrote…


    The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

    It's about time some resources were allocated to this.
    You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time
    No, we have cleared the drain at the top of our drive a few times but it soon silts up again.

    Anyway, it shouldn't have to be cleared by me, that's what I pay council tax for.

    That's the trouble these days, everyone wants to moan, yet no one wants to help, the result here, you get flooded, 13 years looking at that drain silting up, and you did nothing?

    Score: -6
    bloke down the pub 10:17am Wed 12 Feb 14

    The only people who benefit from privatised services are the counselors that award them the contracts. Al services should be run in house. Stop lining the pockets of counselors an d there buddys. Its up to you

    Score: 3
    woolstone 10:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

    The Fairglen interchange isn't that where they want to put a travellers site ?

    Score: 0

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