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Last chance to have your say on second round of council cuts

Public consultation on proposals to close libraries and cut bus funding ends today

Dan Cooper

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Dan Cooper

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Council approves £10m cuts

TODAY is the last chance to have your say on West Berkshire Council’s second round of cuts including proposals to close eight of the district’s nine libraries.

The proposals put forward include slashing funding to the Corn Exchange and Watermill Theatres and further cuts to public transport and children’s centres.

The Sunday car parking charges in Newbury are also set to be scrapped and weekday parking charges introduced in its place.

Some of the district’s most vulnerable people could lose vital services, with plans to reduce funding to the Citizens Advice Bureau and the council’s Domestic Abuse Response Team and Substance Misuse Support Service for Adults.

West Berkshire Museum could have its funding cut, while the council proposes to scrap all of its funding to the West Berkshire Neighbourhood Wardens.

For a full list of the cuts proposals, and to have your say on how you’ll be affected by them, visit http://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=32040

Once the public consultation period has ended, the council will look at the feedback and make its final decision at a meeting on March 24.

It does have £1m of ‘transitional funding’ from central government which it says it may be able to use to lessen the impact of the phase two cuts proposals.

Last week, the council approved its £10m first phase of cuts to public services which includes raising council tax by four per cent, closing four children’s centres and terminating public buses.

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