BUDGET time is coming round again, writes leader of Stafford Borough Council Mike Heenan.
My cabinet colleagues and I are currently carefully examining council spending with a view to making our final decision on council tax in the New Year.
Our aim will be to maintain front line services as a priority and not to increase council tax.
This, we believe, is the best way we can help hard-pressed council taxpayers.
Thank you to the many thousands of you who continue to support the campaign to support essential services at Stafford Hospital.
The council unanimously approved a letter to go to the Secretary of State for Health indicating how dissatisfied we were of the process and, at the same time, put in a robust representation to
the Trust’s Special Administrator over the retention of maternity, paediatric and critical care services at the hospital.
Another consultation which has been going on since July, concerns proposals for high speed rail (HS2).
Whilst it is universally accepted that we need improvements to transport infrastructure, the council’s stance, taken some time ago, is that the £50 billion plus cost does not equate to value for money.
This belief is now gaining ground and we will continue to work with our colleagues at the county council and 51M (a group of local authorities opposed to the high speed rail scheme) to produce a strong response to those