Derby City Council has revealed how it plans to cut £45 million from its budget for running of the city in the three years from April 2016.
It is proposing to:
- End council funding for Darley Park Concert, Markeaton Park Fireworks, and Christmas lights from next year.
- Close Moorways swimming pool by the end of March next year. There is now no target date for a replacement.
- Raise council tax by 4% in each of the three years from April.
- Close the city’s remaining four public toilets from April.
- Axe 90 full-time equivalent jobs at the council in 2016-17 on top of 110 already announced for that period.
- Switch off the Market Place fountain.
- Grass over shrub beds at a point after April 2017.
- Stop having neighbourhood boards and the funding that they had to improve the city from next year.
- Stop funding for preventing and tackling homlessness in the city.
The authority has said it must make the cuts – from this year’s about £222 million figure – in the face of reductions to its Government grants, inflation and other pressures like the increasing cost of care.
The council will now consult with the public on its proposals. People are able to have their say online at www.derby.gov.uk/budget2016 until January 5.
Original article on the Derby Telegraph here.