It was sad to see the ruling Tories not listening to residents concerns Tim Mickleburgh
Tim Mickleburgh

BUDGET NIGHT

It did get rather heated at times at the budget setting meeting of North East Lincolnshire Council, especially when it came to Tories attacking the amendments we were proposing. Labour Councillors were accused of only submitting petty alterations, rather than going for the jugular over such as children’s’ services.

But as Cllr Karl Wilson pointed out, what is the point of putting something forward that is clearly going to be outvoted by the governing party? It makes more sense to argue for changes that realistically could be accepted by the ruling group, just as they supported our pro-rail motion back in January.

In any case our amendment covered issues that are always coming up on the doorstep, wanting more money spent on dealing with dog fouling, providing a one-off free bulky waste collection, bringing back the excellent “Skip-it” scheme Labour had introduced when in power and giving support to  tree planting initiatives.

And with the Tories boasting of having received an above inflation settlement from the Government, as well as having more properties paying Council Tax, our measures wouldn’t have cost residents an extra penny.

Yet they were still voted down by the Tories, something to remember as we go out on the knocker prior to May.

Incidentally, the same Tories were known for never putting forward amendments to past Labour Budgets. So, it ill behoves them to be critical now.

Tim Mickleburgh

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