Winners and losers in Pendle council tax freeze

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: The Ace Centre, in Nelson The Ace Centre, in Nelson

POLITICIANS in Pendle have voted to freeze their portion of the council tax for the sixth year running.

But there will still be winners and losers across the borough as a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition backed a savings package of £788,000 - and used £2.1million of town hall reserves to stave off deeper cuts.

The future of Colne’s blues festival and Camerata were secured - but Pendle Leisure Trust will be asked to make £60,000 of staff savings - £33,000 more than bosses had suggested.

The Discover Pendle Centre, outside Boundary Mill, the borough’s countryside access service and Environmental Action Group have been saved.

But the ACE Centre in Nelson will now only fully open when events are ongoing and the small grants fund for community projects has been halved.

Around £160,000 will be recouped by charges for collecting garden waste - however fees for replacement bins will not be enforced.

Council leader Coun Joe Cooney said: “I feel confident that we are heading in the right direction. Our long-term economic plan is working.”

And he claimed Labour had ‘abandoned Colne’ by proposing pool time reductions with the leisure trust and ditching the blues festival.

Labour group leader Coun Mohammed Iqbal said Colne Town Council had increased its precept by 35 per cent and could take on the ‘blues’ costs - and pool timings would be negotiated with the trust.

Coun Iqbal added: “The people of Pendle need to realise that this government has never been interested in Pendle and if, God forbid, they get another term then Pendle will not even exist.”

Senior Liberal Democrat Coun Tony Greaves said that it was ‘not worth risking’ the authority’s £1million efficiency support grant by raising council taxes.

But he warned that such ‘catastrophic’ cuts would not be sustainable in future years. The council will receive £62,170 from Whitehall for not increasing council tax.

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8:07pm Sat 22 Feb 14

coates warder says...

so colnes precept goes up by 35% and gets paper time yet barnoldswicks precept goes up by 109% and does not get a mention. thats it council sweep the really bad news under the carpet as normal and take west craven to the cleaners like you do every year mr cooney
so colnes precept goes up by 35% and gets paper time yet barnoldswicks precept goes up by 109% and does not get a mention. thats it council sweep the really bad news under the carpet as normal and take west craven to the cleaners like you do every year mr cooney coates warder
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9:03pm Sat 22 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

Why don't the good people of Pendle appeal to David 'Money Is No Object' Cameron? There is plenty of money sloshing around.

Oh, just checked the map. Pendle is nowhere near the River Thames. Sorry guys, you live in a 'We Are All In It Together' part of the country, not a 'Money Is No Object ' part of the country.
Why don't the good people of Pendle appeal to David 'Money Is No Object' Cameron? There is plenty of money sloshing around. Oh, just checked the map. Pendle is nowhere near the River Thames. Sorry guys, you live in a 'We Are All In It Together' part of the country, not a 'Money Is No Object ' part of the country. Excluded again
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7:02am Sun 23 Feb 14

jenkinsroy says...

what I have been asking for some time where
is the £700.000 money given by the government
at the start of this year it was given to PENDLE
COUNCIL to help us all where has that money
gone.???? can any body tell me.?????
I am now asking you Coun Joe Cooney
can you tell us all where you used this
money I for one WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.??
what I have been asking for some time where is the £700.000 money given by the government at the start of this year it was given to PENDLE COUNCIL to help us all where has that money gone.???? can any body tell me.????? I am now asking you Coun Joe Cooney can you tell us all where you used this money I for one WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.?? jenkinsroy
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9:16am Sun 23 Feb 14

hasslem hasslem says...

Excluded again wrote:
Why don't the good people of Pendle appeal to David 'Money Is No Object' Cameron? There is plenty of money sloshing around.

Oh, just checked the map. Pendle is nowhere near the River Thames. Sorry guys, you live in a 'We Are All In It Together' part of the country, not a 'Money Is No Object ' part of the country.
silly boy
[quote][p][bold]Excluded again[/bold] wrote: Why don't the good people of Pendle appeal to David 'Money Is No Object' Cameron? There is plenty of money sloshing around. Oh, just checked the map. Pendle is nowhere near the River Thames. Sorry guys, you live in a 'We Are All In It Together' part of the country, not a 'Money Is No Object ' part of the country.[/p][/quote]silly boy hasslem hasslem
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10:56am Sun 23 Feb 14

Kevin, Colne says...

I’m glad that Pendle Council has called upon reserves to soften the blow, but these reserves are for a rainy day and the Council is facing a hurricane. I’d imagine that the reserves will soon be depleted.

I do not share the confidence of Councillor Cooney that we're headed in the right direction.

From where I’m sitting it feels like we’ve lost the bearing of truth North; our gold is headed East; the political system has gone West; and our standard of living is going South.
I’m glad that Pendle Council has called upon reserves to soften the blow, but these reserves are for a rainy day and the Council is facing a hurricane. I’d imagine that the reserves will soon be depleted. I do not share the confidence of Councillor Cooney that we're headed in the right direction. From where I’m sitting it feels like we’ve lost the bearing of truth North; our gold is headed East; the political system has gone West; and our standard of living is going South. Kevin, Colne
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11:36am Mon 24 Feb 14

David Richardson says...

Labour wanted to cancel the blues festival!

They don't get colne's history or tradition because they only represent Nelson and Brierfield.

Cancelling the blues would have meant a loss of jobs!
Labour wanted to cancel the blues festival! They don't get colne's history or tradition because they only represent Nelson and Brierfield. Cancelling the blues would have meant a loss of jobs! David Richardson
  • Score: 1

10:31pm Mon 24 Feb 14

will12 says...

Why don't the Council publish where every penny is spent in the LT?

And then we can really see where the money goes?

And please include all monies spent on Pensions that WE the tax-payers of Pendle pay for?

Because if the Council have anything to hide, and they do, they will never accept the challenge !!

Cooney, Starkie, Greaves Bloomley Iqbal every penny !!!

And perhaps if the Council operated Parking Attendant's, they would be in profit within a year because Nelson Town Centre would be a gold mine for illegal parking !!!
Why don't the Council publish where every penny is spent in the LT? And then we can really see where the money goes? And please include all monies spent on Pensions that WE the tax-payers of Pendle pay for? Because if the Council have anything to hide, and they do, they will never accept the challenge !! Cooney, Starkie, Greaves Bloomley Iqbal every penny !!! And perhaps if the Council operated Parking Attendant's, they would be in profit within a year because Nelson Town Centre would be a gold mine for illegal parking !!! will12
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6:43pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Marsdogs says...

'Coun Iqbal added: “The people of Pendle need to realise that this government has never been interested in Pendle and if, God forbid, they get another term then Pendle will not even exist.”

What a stupid thing to say.
'Coun Iqbal added: “The people of Pendle need to realise that this government has never been interested in Pendle and if, God forbid, they get another term then Pendle will not even exist.” What a stupid thing to say. Marsdogs
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