and Highbridge councillors speak out over huge cutbacks
and Highbridge's county councillors have expressed concern at huge
cutbacks to services that have been confirmed this week by Somerset
reported here, the
County Council's cabinet has this week approved major financial
cutbacks in order to save about £13m over the rest of this
financial year, and £15m in 2019/20.
approved include reducing the winter gritting network from 23 to
16 routes, including gritting
routes in Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge, plus the loss of up
to 130 jobs.
Woodman, county councillor for Highbridge, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is not what I came into local government to do."
government funding formula for rural authorities like Somerset needs
to change, it is broken."
added: "There are rising costs and demand, particularly in
adult social care, children's services and learning disabilities."
we have had to absorb about £130m in savings and efficiencies.
In real terms, the Council's budget has been cut by nearly 40% in
law we have to deliver a balanced budget and live within our means.
The funding we now receive falls far short of the costs of the services
Leader is calling on our MPs to not vote through any government
budget that does not address our financial challenges and acknowledges
the increasing demand we face in adults social care and protecting
Clayton, Burnham's county councillor, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I
will do my very best to ensure any impacts on the residents of Burnham
and Highbridge are minimal."
added: "I will fight to maintain all our services funded by
the County Council."