'Cuts have to be made in every department'

The Bolton News: Cllr Nick Peel Cllr Nick Peel

A SENIOR Labour councillor has defended cuts in his department.

Cllr Nick Peel, executive member for environmental services at Bolton Council, said it was necessary to cut his budget to protect other services.

About £3.4 million is expected to be slashed from the department’s budget for 2014 to 2015, as the council looks to save a total of £21.7 million. In a draft budget to be approved next month, cost-cutting may include scrapping the graffiti team, scaling back grass cutting teams and reducing the provision of play areas, bowling greens and sports pitches.

Cllr Peel said it was necessary to make tough decisions to protect the more vital services.

He added: “The Labour group’s priorities are protecting the most in society and trying tso stimulate the local economy.

“It’s fair to say some departments have been hit harder. We’re not going to cut services for children to protect street cleaning and maintenance of parks. It’s a strategy the whole Labour Party supports.”

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11:18am Tue 28 Jan 14

The Righteous One says...

Erstwhile the number of cases with hayfever increases at the A&E
The number of road accidents due to non-cut overlong grass and hsrubbery increases and puts more strain on A&E
Sport clubs move out of the borough into a borough that protects the sports fields
Parks become overgrown and people stop going thus get sold off for housing and then cries of nowhere for children and families to go!

All makes sense, doesn't Peel!!! This is actually damaging the town and the rpotection of vital services because they are acutely all linked together!
Erstwhile the number of cases with hayfever increases at the A&E The number of road accidents due to non-cut overlong grass and hsrubbery increases and puts more strain on A&E Sport clubs move out of the borough into a borough that protects the sports fields Parks become overgrown and people stop going thus get sold off for housing and then cries of nowhere for children and families to go! All makes sense, doesn't Peel!!! This is actually damaging the town and the rpotection of vital services because they are acutely all linked together! The Righteous One
  • Score: 14

2:11pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Superwhit says...

What is the point of voting Labour locally if all they are going to do is enact the policies of the Tory/Libdem central government? This Local Authority is doing nothing that the other party's wouldn't do. They're outsourcing and cutting at every turn. Local government is dead in the water.
What is the point of voting Labour locally if all they are going to do is enact the policies of the Tory/Libdem central government? This Local Authority is doing nothing that the other party's wouldn't do. They're outsourcing and cutting at every turn. Local government is dead in the water. Superwhit
  • Score: 9

2:17pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Brumas says...

I think the Righteous One is right Bolton MBC want to get rid of their responsibility for all Sports provision and sell has much of the land off as they can for development. Short term gain for long term loss, why can they not come to an arrangement whereby, they give the recreation space to the users and let them form a playing fields association, which allow them to acquire their own funding to go forward. Of course with the proviso that there is a covenant to say that there shall be no development for housing etc. in the future.
Also the Council seem to want to forget planning legislation, that states Open recreation space (No matter who owns it) cannot be developed without firstly proving there is no need for it or that it should be replaced with equivalent or better than near bye.
So if they do not want to bear the costs of providing sports facilities, why not consider my suggestion.
I think the Righteous One is right Bolton MBC want to get rid of their responsibility for all Sports provision and sell has much of the land off as they can for development. Short term gain for long term loss, why can they not come to an arrangement whereby, they give the recreation space to the users and let them form a playing fields association, which allow them to acquire their own funding to go forward. Of course with the proviso that there is a covenant to say that there shall be no development for housing etc. in the future. Also the Council seem to want to forget planning legislation, that states Open recreation space (No matter who owns it) cannot be developed without firstly proving there is no need for it or that it should be replaced with equivalent or better than near bye. So if they do not want to bear the costs of providing sports facilities, why not consider my suggestion. Brumas
  • Score: 6

5:23pm Tue 28 Jan 14

goldie47 says...

cut down on the number of councillors in each ward would be a GREAT start
cut down on the number of councillors in each ward would be a GREAT start goldie47
  • Score: 8

8:03pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Love Bolton says...

Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts?
Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here.

This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts.

I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view.

I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority.
Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts? Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here. This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts. I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view. I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority. Love Bolton
  • Score: -1

8:30pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

Love Bolton wrote:
Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts?
Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here.

This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts.

I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view.

I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority.
Read "Brumas" response

Also with regards to the Farm issue at Smithills a collaboration between the Farm and Animal World could have been created - thus saving money, creating opportunities, probable sponsorship and most of all keeping a vital eye on the essential services.

All this is going to do is put costs up on other public bodies such as the NHS and create areas where there is nowhere for families, or sports group, thus pushing family time/sporting activities out of the borough and thus they will be spending money elsewhere - thus no chance of increasing the money to help in keeping the essentials going!!!
[quote][p][bold]Love Bolton[/bold] wrote: Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts? Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here. This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts. I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view. I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority.[/p][/quote]Read "Brumas" response Also with regards to the Farm issue at Smithills a collaboration between the Farm and Animal World could have been created - thus saving money, creating opportunities, probable sponsorship and most of all keeping a vital eye on the essential services. All this is going to do is put costs up on other public bodies such as the NHS and create areas where there is nowhere for families, or sports group, thus pushing family time/sporting activities out of the borough and thus they will be spending money elsewhere - thus no chance of increasing the money to help in keeping the essentials going!!! BWFC71
  • Score: 0

8:43pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Love Bolton says...

BWFC71 wrote:
Love Bolton wrote:
Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts?
Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here.

This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts.

I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view.

I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority.
Read "Brumas" response

Also with regards to the Farm issue at Smithills a collaboration between the Farm and Animal World could have been created - thus saving money, creating opportunities, probable sponsorship and most of all keeping a vital eye on the essential services.

All this is going to do is put costs up on other public bodies such as the NHS and create areas where there is nowhere for families, or sports group, thus pushing family time/sporting activities out of the borough and thus they will be spending money elsewhere - thus no chance of increasing the money to help in keeping the essentials going!!!
I would like to keep all we currently do. I don't agree with cuts. The first lot that were done a couple of years ago were enough (probably too much), for us to make even more significant cuts is a disaster.

My question was - if you have to make cuts - big cuts - what would you protect. What would be your top priority?
[quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Love Bolton[/bold] wrote: Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts? Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here. This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts. I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view. I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority.[/p][/quote]Read "Brumas" response Also with regards to the Farm issue at Smithills a collaboration between the Farm and Animal World could have been created - thus saving money, creating opportunities, probable sponsorship and most of all keeping a vital eye on the essential services. All this is going to do is put costs up on other public bodies such as the NHS and create areas where there is nowhere for families, or sports group, thus pushing family time/sporting activities out of the borough and thus they will be spending money elsewhere - thus no chance of increasing the money to help in keeping the essentials going!!![/p][/quote]I would like to keep all we currently do. I don't agree with cuts. The first lot that were done a couple of years ago were enough (probably too much), for us to make even more significant cuts is a disaster. My question was - if you have to make cuts - big cuts - what would you protect. What would be your top priority? Love Bolton
  • Score: 0

9:25pm Tue 28 Jan 14

BWFC71 says...

Love Bolton wrote:
BWFC71 wrote:
Love Bolton wrote:
Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts?
Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here.

This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts.

I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view.

I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority.
Read "Brumas" response

Also with regards to the Farm issue at Smithills a collaboration between the Farm and Animal World could have been created - thus saving money, creating opportunities, probable sponsorship and most of all keeping a vital eye on the essential services.

All this is going to do is put costs up on other public bodies such as the NHS and create areas where there is nowhere for families, or sports group, thus pushing family time/sporting activities out of the borough and thus they will be spending money elsewhere - thus no chance of increasing the money to help in keeping the essentials going!!!
I would like to keep all we currently do. I don't agree with cuts. The first lot that were done a couple of years ago were enough (probably too much), for us to make even more significant cuts is a disaster.

My question was - if you have to make cuts - big cuts - what would you protect. What would be your top priority?
I would cut nothing and make them voluntary projects of the "Big Community" where these projects could get funding from various sources and even sponsorship.

Have you not noticed that Bolton basically has no high-schools left on its books because they have forced them to go down the academy route (which means they are self-sufficient with no input (politically or monetary) from the Council!

How many "Free-schools" are the council approving - yet again taking schools away from Council control - thus saving money (and not as Peel states, "protecting the most in society."

Look at nursing homes - closing down or being sold off into the "Privatee sector" which become so expensive that many elderly cannot move into them! - again how is that "protecting the most in society?"

Then there is stimulating the local economy - how? Business Rates is controlled by Central Government. The new bus station is NOT being funded by the Council, their o-called splendid ideas - lets see - Church Wharf - not happening. Victoria Hall project -never started. Newport Street pedestrianized zone - still trying to find money from the private sector! Spent £3million on the Market to make it the new Market Hall whilst they are moving the outdoor market to the other side (how much money actually wasted with selling the old market hall and spending that money on nothing!) - the list goes on..... Also do not forget that Market Place (with the forthcoming cinema) is NOT owned by Bolton Council - and what happened to the World Buffet restaurant (in the old Ikon)??? etc etc etc

But funnily enough they don't want to pay their workers but give themselves a decent pay-rise - funded by? Also lets not forget about the rise on the Council Tax which was against Government advice!!!

Public transport - when Peel was the Bolton representative on the then GMPTE he NEVER fought to save services and let companies like First and Stagecoach laugh in his face at destroying the bus network of the town - whilst councillors of Wigan, Bury and Salford fought to protect services and succeeded! Peel is not a fighter and basically likes te gift of the gab to say the right words to make people think he is doing it for the town - he aint. He has helped to destroy the town and not its coming home to hurt him! (another that I have just remembered the so-called one-way system around the town which is till happening - that was his idea and implenetation - and the dangerous slip road which leads on to slip road on St Peters Way (nr Fold Roads) - how dangerous is that and how many accidets and near accidents have there been - again his idea!!!

So if you honestly think that the money will help the needy and vital services and help stimulate the local economy - then I honestly believe that you have your head in the sand.
[quote][p][bold]Love Bolton[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BWFC71[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Love Bolton[/bold] wrote: Where does it say that Cllr Peel would like to make cuts? Seems to me that blame is being levelled inappropriately here. This is the reality for many northern councils - massive cuts. I applaud the fact that even when there have to be cuts, they are focussing on protecting the most vulnerable in our society. This is the right priority in my view. I would be interested in what others would seek to protect as a priority.[/p][/quote]Read "Brumas" response Also with regards to the Farm issue at Smithills a collaboration between the Farm and Animal World could have been created - thus saving money, creating opportunities, probable sponsorship and most of all keeping a vital eye on the essential services. All this is going to do is put costs up on other public bodies such as the NHS and create areas where there is nowhere for families, or sports group, thus pushing family time/sporting activities out of the borough and thus they will be spending money elsewhere - thus no chance of increasing the money to help in keeping the essentials going!!![/p][/quote]I would like to keep all we currently do. I don't agree with cuts. The first lot that were done a couple of years ago were enough (probably too much), for us to make even more significant cuts is a disaster. My question was - if you have to make cuts - big cuts - what would you protect. What would be your top priority?[/p][/quote]I would cut nothing and make them voluntary projects of the "Big Community" where these projects could get funding from various sources and even sponsorship. Have you not noticed that Bolton basically has no high-schools left on its books because they have forced them to go down the academy route (which means they are self-sufficient with no input (politically or monetary) from the Council! How many "Free-schools" are the council approving - yet again taking schools away from Council control - thus saving money (and not as Peel states, "protecting the most in society." Look at nursing homes - closing down or being sold off into the "Privatee sector" which become so expensive that many elderly cannot move into them! - again how is that "protecting the most in society?" Then there is stimulating the local economy - how? Business Rates is controlled by Central Government. The new bus station is NOT being funded by the Council, their o-called splendid ideas - lets see - Church Wharf - not happening. Victoria Hall project -never started. Newport Street pedestrianized zone - still trying to find money from the private sector! Spent £3million on the Market to make it the new Market Hall whilst they are moving the outdoor market to the other side (how much money actually wasted with selling the old market hall and spending that money on nothing!) - the list goes on..... Also do not forget that Market Place (with the forthcoming cinema) is NOT owned by Bolton Council - and what happened to the World Buffet restaurant (in the old Ikon)??? etc etc etc But funnily enough they don't want to pay their workers but give themselves a decent pay-rise - funded by? Also lets not forget about the rise on the Council Tax which was against Government advice!!! Public transport - when Peel was the Bolton representative on the then GMPTE he NEVER fought to save services and let companies like First and Stagecoach laugh in his face at destroying the bus network of the town - whilst councillors of Wigan, Bury and Salford fought to protect services and succeeded! Peel is not a fighter and basically likes te gift of the gab to say the right words to make people think he is doing it for the town - he aint. He has helped to destroy the town and not its coming home to hurt him! (another that I have just remembered the so-called one-way system around the town which is till happening - that was his idea and implenetation - and the dangerous slip road which leads on to slip road on St Peters Way (nr Fold Roads) - how dangerous is that and how many accidets and near accidents have there been - again his idea!!! So if you honestly think that the money will help the needy and vital services and help stimulate the local economy - then I honestly believe that you have your head in the sand. BWFC71
  • Score: 4

10:14pm Tue 28 Jan 14

Love Bolton says...

To: BWFC71
I'm not going to quote the long message as it is really long thread now.
Interesting thoughts on free schools. Albeit, the council has no choice. Applications direct to government I thought? Happy to be corrected.
I suppose what I mean by protection is social workers for vulnerable adults and children, child protection services, adoption and foster services.
When you cut everything away for whatever means (ideological or plain unfair vis a vis north / south), then what is left? I think the cuts will continue until we consolidate services with neighbouring authorities; sell off everything; make all schools academies etc etc. What is left at the bare bones. Street lighting, self service refuse services, and hopefully a social services that can offer some sort of support for vulnerable adults and children - which may mean using privatised services, but with checking for those in need.
This is not an ideal that I aspire towards, as previously stated I don't want any cuts, but I fear that the year on year halving of government support is going to lead us in this direction.
To: BWFC71 I'm not going to quote the long message as it is really long thread now. Interesting thoughts on free schools. Albeit, the council has no choice. Applications direct to government I thought? Happy to be corrected. I suppose what I mean by protection is social workers for vulnerable adults and children, child protection services, adoption and foster services. When you cut everything away for whatever means (ideological or plain unfair vis a vis north / south), then what is left? I think the cuts will continue until we consolidate services with neighbouring authorities; sell off everything; make all schools academies etc etc. What is left at the bare bones. Street lighting, self service refuse services, and hopefully a social services that can offer some sort of support for vulnerable adults and children - which may mean using privatised services, but with checking for those in need. This is not an ideal that I aspire towards, as previously stated I don't want any cuts, but I fear that the year on year halving of government support is going to lead us in this direction. Love Bolton
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