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Hope for Stafford youth services after meeting called

By Staf Newsletter  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

WARNED...Councillor Frank Chapman was reprimanded by Mayor

WARNED...Councillor Frank Chapman was reprimanded by Mayor

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CUTS to youth services by county councillors have been branded farcical by borough members.

A motion put before Stafford Borough Council said the county council’s consultation on the cuts had fallen short of standards that residents would expect.

Councillors were asked to write to Staffordshire County Council’s cabinet member for health and wellbeing Robbie Marshall Robbie Marshall to express their concerns about the “deplorable” actions of the county authority.

They decided to wait until after SBC leader Councillor Mike Heenan said Councillor Marshall had called him asking to meet members of the borough council to discuss it.

“This matter is delicately poised at the moment because there’s a call in so a decision has not finally been taken. I don’t think we should send the motion. That might be appropriate later but not just at the moment. I would like to hear what he has to say, to be appraised of where we are,” said Councillor Heenan.

Earlier members had criticised the county council and Councillor Frank Chapman – a member of both authorities - was reprimanded after he addressed the borough council as a county member.

Councillor Frank James said: “They could have listened but they haven’t.

Councillor Rowan Draper said: “They have shown this borough what they think of young people. This is nothing short of shambolic – it’s deplorable and no-one should have any doubt about the contempt in which we hold the farcical handling of this youth policy.”

Councillor Chapman said: “ It’s rather sad this council is openly criticising another council. Your members have had a good opportunity to put their arguments.”

Mayor Councillor Angela Loughran said: “We are here to speak as borough councillors .”

Councillor John Francis, who also serves on both authorities, said: “We have to target money for specific area. It’s cuts there’s no doubt about that.”

An amended motion to wait until after the meeting with Councillor Marshall was agreed unanimously.

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