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Where has all the money gone?

July 20, 2014 1:36 PM
By Cllr Lee A Bentley

Leicestershire County Council takes an average of £945.00 per year from each band C household in Oadby and Wigston, but have made the decision that roads and paths will no longer be improved or replaced, grass will no longer be cut on a regular basis and only the bare legal limit of work will be carried out from now on. As they provide very little other services within the borough the question must be asked "where is all the money going?" we all know that money is tigh Lee A Bentleyt at the moment and will be for some time but these services are front line and haven't changed, the grass remains grass and the roads and paths haven't grown bigger. The County Council gets the money from local residents to maintain the area and have a budget of almost £60M a year for highways spending across the County but still can't manage to provide the basic services. Oadby and Wigston Council is one of the smallest Borough Councils in the Country but remains one of the most sucessful, we maintain all our land, provide free town centre shoppers parking, weekly refuse and recycling collections and all on a budget much less than the County Council gets, Oadby and Wigston Council gets an average of £180.00 per band C household. Maybe the County Council should come to us for some financial advice and forget their vain hopes of taking over our Borough in order to try to make themselves successful, or maybe they should spend some of the £97 million they are hoarding!! Cllr Bentley wants the County Council to start getting some pride in our Borough, but then the County Councillors who make up the decision making County Council Cabinet don't live here, do they!!