Council cuts could put end to town’s tip plan

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PLANS for a tip in Stamford could be dropped as part of the county council spending cuts.

Lincolnshire County Council is facing a cut of £42.8m in its Government grant over the next two years, a reduction of 18 per cent.

The council says that among the proposed cuts, household waste recycling centres will reduce their opening hours and some may be closed completely.

This means that a tip, which has been in the pipeline for Ryhall Road in Stamford for several years, could be dropped.

A spokesman said: “All permutations are being weighed up at the moment so no area is immune to potential cuts.

“The impact on household waste recycling centres is still to be determined, but we are working to continue providing a first-class service which still meets the needs of local residents.”

The county council met on Wednesday to approve going out to consultation on its budget. It has pledged to largely protect public safety issues, such as safeguarding children, fire and rescue services and gritting and maintaining roads.

Among the areas likely to be hardest hit are youth services, Connexions which help young people with careers advice, children’s services and rural bus services.

The county council has completed installation of a new lighting system in its Lincoln headquarters, which will save £28,000 a year and reduce the authority’s carbon emissions by 125 tonnes a year.

The county council has also proposed to withdraw its funding to tourist organisation Visit Lincolnshire, which amounts to £268,680 in the current year.

A Visit Lincolnshire spokesman said it was very unlikely to survive beyond March 2011 because it relied on public sector support.

Directors were due to meet yesterday to discuss the organisations future.

To have your say on the budget write to Lincolnshire County Council Resources and Community Safety Directorate, Treasury and Financial Strategy, Freepost DC1082, Lincoln, LN1 1BR or e-mail finance@lincolnshire.gov.uk. Consultation finishes on January 26. The county council will issue a final budget proposal on February 1 before setting it on February 11.

Meanwhile, South Kesteven District Council, which is facing a cut of 18.3 per cent in its Government grant next year, will meet on Monday to discuss its budget before it goes out to consultation.

Its grant is being reduced from £10.14m to £8.29m.

Lincolnshire Police Authority is also consulting on its budget. It is facing a 5.1 per cent cut in its main Government grant. It wants people to suggest savings through its website, www.lincolnshire-pa.gov.uk.