No green bin emptying charges
The new Coalition Executive in York has announced some changes to the budget that it inherited from Labour.
- Scrapping plans to charge for green bin emptying or reduce grey bin emptying frequencies
- Two extra green bin empties during winter
- £250,000 a year investment in highway maintenance
- More for street sweeping
- More for salting roads and footpaths in winter.
- More transparent decision making
- Improved customer interfaces
- Restoring the cuts to Community Centre funding
- Encouraging local small business to tender for Council contracts
- Increased support for local and rural bus services
- New Ward committee budgets which will be spent in line with local residents wishes
- Funding for an “Arts Barge”
- The use of expensive “consultants”
- Subsidies for Trades Unions
- The trial bus service between the railway station and the hospital
- Funding for political propaganda
The papers published today for a Council meeting taking place on 16th July also promise a review of the Housing Revenue Account. This is the expenditure paid from from Council house rents. A “review” falls some way short of the expected commitment to undertake a major clean up and regeneration of the City’s Council estates, which is urgently required.
Also missing is any proposal to regenerate sub-urban shopping areas like Front Street.
Overall though the proposals are step in the right direction.
The Council will also need to get a grip on its capital expenditure (and resultant interest payments) while keeping something in reserve to address the underlying failings of the budget passed in March – which looks increasingly fragile.
Full details of the budget changes can be found by clicking here