|Leader of Sefton Council Opens the Atkinson before cutting it's hours|
No, I didn't go the Thursday's budget setting meeting in Bootle, due to work commitments that I couldn't get out of.
I didn't really need to be there though. Anybody could have predicted the outcome. Labour voted for the proposed budget and they didn't listen to the proposals put forward by my party to .
So the residents of Southport can look forward to:
- the closure of the shop at the Botanic Gardens with the inevitable effect on the hard work put in by volunteers
- the refusal to set up a proposed pot of money to help set up volunteer libraries
- reduced opening hours for the one library left in Southport after Bootle closed down Ainsdale, Birkdale and Churchtown libraries
- no lifeguards on Southport beach and notices being posted advising bathers to visit Ainsdale instead of Southport
- more dog mess on the beaches
- bathing water quality that doesn't meet the required standards
- steps onto Southport beach becoming inaccessible due to wind-blown sand not being removed and the added danger to cyclists of sand not being removed from cycle paths
- increased anti-social behaviour on the beaches and in the sand dunes
- no access to Ainsdale beach for cars during winter months
- no public toilets in Southport
- increased car park charges for Southport
- reduced opening times at the newly opened Atkinson
the list goes on.....
What winds me up me the most is the smug attitude adopted by our Labour leaders. Bootle is one of Labour's strongholds, if not its strongest. Bootle based Labour candidates, in May's election are safe in the knowledge that they will win, no matter what they do or don't do between now and the election.
Taking the axe to Southport's status as a tourist resort will not lose them any seats.
If anything the smugness has got worse since they came to power in Sefton. We got quite used to the bullying tactics and lambasting of opposition benches with shouts of "shame on you" etc. They have now diverted their anger to the coalition government, blaming them for all of Sefton's problems.
In the same way that UKIP manage to say one thing and do the opposite. Sefton's Labour group are now doing the same. They used to bore me with their incessant references to the coalitions handling of the deficit. They wouldn't do the same if they were in power. If you read the link to my colleague's blog below, you will find that, if anything, Labour will be increasing the cuts to local councils if they do form the next government.