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Council adds Falmouth date to cuts consultation after complaints
4:10pm Monday 23rd September 2013 in News
After the lack of a Falmouth date for the Cornwall Council cuts consultation events was called 'outragious' by councillors, an event has been added for the town.
The consultation is being held across Cornwall to find out the views of local residents, businesses and partners on where cuts and savings could be made and to come up with any suggestions for increasing income.
Cornwall Council says it is facing the prospect of having to save £196m by 2019, on top of the £170m savings it has already made in its budget since 2010.
The Council had originally planned to hold 19 public meetings in towns and villages across Cornwall during September and October. However, following requests from other towns to hold meetings in their local areas, Alex Folkes, the Council’s Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources, who is leading the consultation programme, has agreed to add a further event in Falmouth, as well as one in Liskeard and St Ives.
The Falmouth event will be held on Tuesday, October 8 at The Methodist Church, Killigrew Street, The Moor, Falmouth (10 am -11.30am) Tuesday, 8 October - Council Chamber, St Ives Guildhall, Street-an-Pol, St Ives (2pm - 3.30pm)
Mr Folkes has praised members of the public for attending the meetings and says a number of interesting suggestions have already been put forward.
“We know that we have some very hard choices to make” he said. “The sheer scale of the reductions in our funding means that we won’t be able to continue to do everything in the same way. As a result Cornwall Council will be very different in four years time and we want as many people as possible to help us shape our future direction”.
Among the suggestions which have been put forward by members of the public are selling off surplus buildings, reducing the number and salaries of Directors, cutting the number of Members, selling services to other local authorities and removing the subsidy for Newquay Cornwall Airport.
“We have already had a number of interesting proposals put forward, either at the public meetings, or via comments to our website, or Facebook or Twitter” added Alex Folkes.
“While it will not be possible to implement every single proposal for saving money and generating additional income, we will certainly be considering all the suggestions which have been put forward”.
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