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Buses, libraries and theatres all hit in latest cuts announcement

Council tax and parking charges also set to rise as part of plan to save £17.5m

Dan Cooper

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Council tax set to rise by four per cent from April

PUBLIC transport, theatres, libraries and voluntary groups will all be hit by West Berkshire Council’s latest round of cuts.

The council has today (Wednesday) announced more details of which public services it is proposing to cut or reduce funding to next year as part of its plan to save £17.5m.

Eight of West Berkshire’s nine libraries are facing closure, while two mobile libraries are also under threat.

The eight libraries affected are: Wash Common, Thatcham, Burghfield Common, Hungerford, Lambourn, Pangbourne, Theale and Mortimer.

Theatres are being targeted too, with both the Corn Exchange and Watermill Theatre set to have their funding reduced.

The council are also looking to scrap the Sunday parking charge and charge weekday prices on a Sunday instead.

It is also proposing to increase overnight parking charges, resident parking permits and visitor parking permits.

Council tax will also be going up by the maximum 3.99 per cent.

Funding for the Neigbourhood Warden scheme is set to be scrapped, while grant funding to a range of other voluntary and community sector organisations could be reduced.

The council says it will save £2.75m internally by making 100 redundancies.

All of these cuts are on top of the £10.8m first phase of cuts previously announced. These include the closure of children’s centres and care homes and funding cuts for disabled children.

For all the details, see this week’s Newbury Weekly News, out tomorrow.

A campaign page has been set up to save the libraries at https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-west-berkshire-libraries?bucket=blast&source=facebook-share-button&time=1455127778

 

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  • Ihavenonickname

    12/02/2016 - 11:11

    This is what West Berkshire residents voted for last May, its called 'Austerity'! The Conservative party made it perfectly clear in their manifesto. So stop looking for excuses and start to rethink your political alliegence next time you cast your vote at the ballot box!

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  • hobsonschoice

    11/02/2016 - 16:04

    This is all the responsibility of central government

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