Thursday, 2 October 2014

Launceston budget consultation event

Last night was the first of 19 public consultation events that I an hosting to discuss the Cornwall Council four year budget. There will be one in every part of Cornwall.

The format is similar to last year, after a brief presentation (I'm aiming for ten minutes or so) the floor is open to anyone who wants to do so to ask a question, make a comment or present an idea for the council to consider.

Last night in Launceston we had 40 people present and the subjects discussed included second homes, libraries, tourist tax, homelessness and bus services. I can't guarantee to have pleased everyone with the answer I gave - after all the council is having to make £196 million of savings by the end of the next four years. But I hope that people now feel better informed.

But the main reason for doing this is to listen to the views that people express. Sometimes these are supportive of our proposals. In other cases they are critical. Everything that people say is being noted and a full report will be presented to all councillors (and put on the council website) before the final budget vote. New ideas will be looked into and if the case is made for a change in our proposals then we will consider making that change. We want to get the right budget for Cornwall.

The audience included town and parish councillors, people representing local groups, members of the public and council staff. In fact, the only person who seemed to be missing was local Conservative councillor Vivian Hall who was meant to be chairing the event.

You can find details of the 18 remaining public events here.

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