Pendle council faces £1.37m budget cuts

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LEISURE chiefs have again suggested scrapping Colne Blues Festival and town hall bosses have proposed cutting funding for six police community support officers and closing a tourism centre as Pendle Council looks to make £1.37millon worth of cuts.

But Tories and Liberal Democrats have remained tight-lipped over the recommendations of council officers and Pendle Leisure Trust, prompting speculation that a deal has been thrashed out before next Thursday’s full council meeting.

Council finance head Dean Langton has drawn up a significant cuts programme for 2014-15, as the borough looks to save up to £5million over the next three years.

His keynote savings include £66,000 — or £11,000 each — towards the cost of six police community support officers, £37,000 on not providing seasonal decorations for Christmas and Eid, and closing the Discover Pendle Centre at Boundary Mill, clawing back £52,800.

Pendle Leisure Trust has been told it must save just under £279,000 — and bosses there have suggested that reducing opening hours at the ACE Centre or pools, increasing admission charges and stopping the Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival in Colne and visits by Manchester Camerata are options.

Mr Langton said in a report: “These proposals have been identified through the council’s service and financial planning process and represent areas where it is considered possible to reduce the council’s budget whilst endeavouring to maintain key frontline service delivery.”

Elsewhere the largest single item would see £160,000 recouped from charging for the removal of garden waste, with another £70,000 expected for bulky household waste.

Another £100,000 would be saved with the scrapping of the Environmental Action Group, which has seen unemployed young people working towards NVQ certificates, on initiatives like Colne’s Millennium Green and Nelson’s Quarry Hill nature reserve.

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4:25pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ron1946 says...

wait a minute the council said the blues festival was good for colnes economy
now it might be scrapped to save money what's going on ,personally i hope its scrapped so the residents can have the town back for the bank holiday
wait a minute the council said the blues festival was good for colnes economy now it might be scrapped to save money what's going on ,personally i hope its scrapped so the residents can have the town back for the bank holiday ron1946
  • Score: 3

6:14pm Fri 14 Feb 14

HairyBowls says...

No mention of the proposal to close the Municiple Hall in Colne here...the building is already on the market so when are we going to get the inevitable news that closure has already been decided?
No mention of the proposal to close the Municiple Hall in Colne here...the building is already on the market so when are we going to get the inevitable news that closure has already been decided? HairyBowls
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9:39pm Fri 14 Feb 14

colnec says...

These are merely council officer recommendations, Councillors will decide the budget. Secondly the municipal hall is absolutely not up for sale
These are merely council officer recommendations, Councillors will decide the budget. Secondly the municipal hall is absolutely not up for sale colnec
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9:45pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Horsfield Cllr says...

I concur with colnec, the muni is not up for sale. Who is Ron1946 by the way - anyone know?
I concur with colnec, the muni is not up for sale. Who is Ron1946 by the way - anyone know? Horsfield Cllr
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10:19pm Fri 14 Feb 14

ron1946 says...

Horsfield Cllr wrote:
I concur with colnec, the muni is not up for sale. Who is Ron1946 by the way - anyone know?
yes i do why
[quote][p][bold]Horsfield Cllr[/bold] wrote: I concur with colnec, the muni is not up for sale. Who is Ron1946 by the way - anyone know?[/p][/quote]yes i do why ron1946
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11:01pm Fri 14 Feb 14

Horsfield Cllr says...

why is ron1946 so scared to be open about his/her views. I would like to know who he/she is, partly due to the comments made about me. I don't have a problem with any criticism but it helps to know who to discuss it with. So who are you Ron1946? why do you want to hide behind a pseudonym?are you ashamed of your views?
why is ron1946 so scared to be open about his/her views. I would like to know who he/she is, partly due to the comments made about me. I don't have a problem with any criticism but it helps to know who to discuss it with. So who are you Ron1946? why do you want to hide behind a pseudonym?are you ashamed of your views? Horsfield Cllr
  • Score: 1

11:54pm Fri 14 Feb 14

HairyBowls says...

The Muni and the Ace Centre are both given the nod...Assets must be sold off to postpone the coming financial turmoil. Funds are running out gentlemen....2yrs from now, Burnley and Pendle will be one council...
The Muni and the Ace Centre are both given the nod...Assets must be sold off to postpone the coming financial turmoil. Funds are running out gentlemen....2yrs from now, Burnley and Pendle will be one council... HairyBowls
  • Score: 8

2:36am Sat 15 Feb 14

Timefor says...

Let me think? Tory MP - tick. Tory/LibDem run Council - tick. Hmm, wonder if there's a link that the good folk of Pendle will remember when it comes to local and national election time? It aint rocket science: Stop voting for libdems and cons they are the ones who are driving the cuts and failing to invest.
Let me think? Tory MP - tick. Tory/LibDem run Council - tick. Hmm, wonder if there's a link that the good folk of Pendle will remember when it comes to local and national election time? It aint rocket science: Stop voting for libdems and cons they are the ones who are driving the cuts and failing to invest. Timefor
  • Score: 2

9:16am Sat 15 Feb 14

HairyBowls says...

Nobody can be honest anymore...The Muni staff should be very concerned that their employers can treat them with such contempt. ..
Nobody can be honest anymore...The Muni staff should be very concerned that their employers can treat them with such contempt. .. HairyBowls
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10:52am Sat 15 Feb 14

Noiticer says...

One day we will realise and regret how far this government's cuts have led to the decline of the public realm. The closure of libraries, day care centres, public halls, community centres, swimming pools, leisure centres - the list is long and disastrous for the communities concerned - all in the name of a political ideology, started by Margaret Thatcher, and still being pursued by her acolytes in this government. They want to reduce the state and especially local government. Yet, when the recent floods wreak havoc in local communities the value of the local authorities and state run services such as police, fire & rescue, the army etc are sorely needed and, to avoid a political disaster, Cameron promises that money will be no object. Strange isn't it.
One day we will realise and regret how far this government's cuts have led to the decline of the public realm. The closure of libraries, day care centres, public halls, community centres, swimming pools, leisure centres - the list is long and disastrous for the communities concerned - all in the name of a political ideology, started by Margaret Thatcher, and still being pursued by her acolytes in this government. They want to reduce the state and especially local government. Yet, when the recent floods wreak havoc in local communities the value of the local authorities and state run services such as police, fire & rescue, the army etc are sorely needed and, to avoid a political disaster, Cameron promises that money will be no object. Strange isn't it. Noiticer
  • Score: 2

1:20pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Kevin, Colne says...

Noiticer wrote:
One day we will realise and regret how far this government's cuts have led to the decline of the public realm. The closure of libraries, day care centres, public halls, community centres, swimming pools, leisure centres - the list is long and disastrous for the communities concerned - all in the name of a political ideology, started by Margaret Thatcher, and still being pursued by her acolytes in this government. They want to reduce the state and especially local government. Yet, when the recent floods wreak havoc in local communities the value of the local authorities and state run services such as police, fire & rescue, the army etc are sorely needed and, to avoid a political disaster, Cameron promises that money will be no object. Strange isn't it.
Local government is facing difficulty for as far as the eye can see. Councillors are in a very tight spot and trying their very best; one must hope that they will be blessed with wisdom in finding a way forward.

I agree with you that the erosion of the public realm is both regrettable and proving to be disastrous. I believe that it will in time it will prove to be absolutely calamitous.

A robust and dynamic system of local government is vital to ensuring that our democracy thrives and functions well.

What puzzles me is the way in which locally members of political parties seem to be utterly powerless to influence events in their respective parties nationally. This is really odd because at national level the party leaders talk endlessly about empowerment and empowering local communities, yet they seem to be totally oblivious to the disconnect between their rhetoric and the reality on the ground.

One must assume that party leaders believe what they say, which is all the more troubling. I can only put it down to the possibility that they and their professional advisers are afflicted by gold-fish syndrome: they swim once around the tank and think they’re in a new place.

When elected councillors are reduced to being little more than agents for the centre, and councils are constrained by the lack of an independent source of funding then their real power amounts to not much more than setting policy for pencils and deciding whether officers should use 2B or HB pencils, and on what occasions they can use Cumberland crayons. When you reach this point you do begin to wonder what it’s all about.

Ironically Parliament has recently granted local government a general power of competence. This really is a milestone, but it’s come a century too late and there’s no money. Local authorities now find that having won the battle, they’ve lost the war.
[quote][p][bold]Noiticer[/bold] wrote: One day we will realise and regret how far this government's cuts have led to the decline of the public realm. The closure of libraries, day care centres, public halls, community centres, swimming pools, leisure centres - the list is long and disastrous for the communities concerned - all in the name of a political ideology, started by Margaret Thatcher, and still being pursued by her acolytes in this government. They want to reduce the state and especially local government. Yet, when the recent floods wreak havoc in local communities the value of the local authorities and state run services such as police, fire & rescue, the army etc are sorely needed and, to avoid a political disaster, Cameron promises that money will be no object. Strange isn't it.[/p][/quote]Local government is facing difficulty for as far as the eye can see. Councillors are in a very tight spot and trying their very best; one must hope that they will be blessed with wisdom in finding a way forward. I agree with you that the erosion of the public realm is both regrettable and proving to be disastrous. I believe that it will in time it will prove to be absolutely calamitous. A robust and dynamic system of local government is vital to ensuring that our democracy thrives and functions well. What puzzles me is the way in which locally members of political parties seem to be utterly powerless to influence events in their respective parties nationally. This is really odd because at national level the party leaders talk endlessly about empowerment and empowering local communities, yet they seem to be totally oblivious to the disconnect between their rhetoric and the reality on the ground. One must assume that party leaders believe what they say, which is all the more troubling. I can only put it down to the possibility that they and their professional advisers are afflicted by gold-fish syndrome: they swim once around the tank and think they’re in a new place. When elected councillors are reduced to being little more than agents for the centre, and councils are constrained by the lack of an independent source of funding then their real power amounts to not much more than setting policy for pencils and deciding whether officers should use 2B or HB pencils, and on what occasions they can use Cumberland crayons. When you reach this point you do begin to wonder what it’s all about. Ironically Parliament has recently granted local government a general power of competence. This really is a milestone, but it’s come a century too late and there’s no money. Local authorities now find that having won the battle, they’ve lost the war. Kevin, Colne
  • Score: 2

8:36pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Excluded again says...

Perhaps if Pendle Council rebranded itself as Pendle-on-Thames its budgetary problems would disappear? If anything went wrong in the area, the Prime Minister would declare than 'money would be no object'.
Perhaps if Pendle Council rebranded itself as Pendle-on-Thames its budgetary problems would disappear? If anything went wrong in the area, the Prime Minister would declare than 'money would be no object'. Excluded again
  • Score: 2

8:57pm Sat 15 Feb 14

Lord_Lucan says...

I enjoy the R & B Festival but if it doesn't pay for itself then it should be scrapped. why should Pendle rate payers subsidise this event in times of financial austerity? Cllr Paul White Cllr Joe Coonepy should be ashamed of their national party and the destruction it is causing to public services particularly in the North of England.
I enjoy the R & B Festival but if it doesn't pay for itself then it should be scrapped. why should Pendle rate payers subsidise this event in times of financial austerity? Cllr Paul White Cllr Joe Coonepy should be ashamed of their national party and the destruction it is causing to public services particularly in the North of England. Lord_Lucan
  • Score: 3

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