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Ashfield District Council says public agrees that funding for Ashfield Festival should be dropped

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Kirkby Ashfield District Council Offices

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Nearly 80 per cent of residents who filled out a survey on proposed budget cuts said the council is right to axe £72,000 funding for the Ashfield Festival, according to the district council.

Around 1,000 people completed the survey on-line or using paper copies about Ashfield District Council’s attempts to save £1.1m across 2014/2015 because of a sharp decline in Government funding.

In addition, 78 per cent of those asked also agreed with closing Huthwaite Leisure Centre to save £86,000, with 75 per cent agreeing that Edgewood Leisure Centre should go with a saving of £57,000.

More than 73 per cent agreed that dog bags being provided for pet owners should be stopped and the closures of cafes in parks.

However, of the 15 cash-saving proposals put forward, the least amount of people (28 per cent) agreed that grants for community groups should be halted.

Only 33 per cent also agreed that the council should reduce the size of the Community Protection Team by up 
to four officers to save £111,000.

Council leader Chris Baron said: “We are very grateful to those residents who took the time to tell us their views, and those who came to the road shows.

“We intend to take residents’ views on board when shaping the budget for next year. I must stress that no decisions have been taken at this point.”

The council will be setting its budget on 3rd March.

Council proposals

Proposal Percentage of respondents in favour Cease to provide the Ashfield Festival (£72,000 agreed) 79 per cent agreed.

Close Huthwaite Leisure Centre (£86,000 saving) 78 per cent agreed.

Close Edgewood Leisure Centre (£57,000 saving) 75 per cent agreed.

Cease providing dog bags at Council receptions (£10,000 saving) 73 per cent agreed.

Close cafes in parks, or transfer to other operators (£74,000 saving) 73 per cent agreed.

Close the Council’s cash offices, and replace with Direct Debit and “Paypoint” (£93,000 saving) 68 per cent agreed.

Cease providing grants to Parish Councils (£102k)62%Increase Council Tax by 2% (£100,000 saving) 58 per cent agreed.

Close Public Conveniences (£55,000 saving) 53 per cent agreed.

Cease or reduce the provision of Christmas trees and lights (£84,000 saving) 52 per cent agreed.

Reduce Environmental Improvements by £50,000, 37 per cent agreed.

Cease providing a Pest Control service (£81,000 saving) 36 per cent agreed.

Cease providing grants to Voluntary Bodies (£85,000 saving) 34 per cent agreed.

Reduce the size of the Community Protection team, by up to four officers (£111,000) 33 per cent agreed.

Cease providing grants to Community Groups (£62,000) 28 per cent agreed.

 

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