Car Parking Charges UP. No free car parking for the Disabled unless they are claiming benefits. Some public toilets to close. No green waste collection in Haslemere & Godalming. Planning application charges – UP. Building Control charges – UP. Supply of Council Agendas/committee papers UP, event charges UP– Care Line charges for the vulnerable elderly – UP, grant to parish and town councils – down, and there’s more much more…In addition: Surrey County Council tax increase UP 5% – Business Rates going…going…going… yes, you guessed, UP and UP!
After watching “Your Waverley” sign off the Annual Budget at the Full Council Meeting this week – we almost lost the will to live… in … “Your Waverley”… however we need
to hang around from our tangled web awhile… yet?
In a spin of a cobweb this is how things went:
Councillors lined up, yes one after another in a long queue to congratulated themselves and everyone else, other than of course the council cat, for their huge achievement.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE OFFICERS FOR PROVIDING A BALANCED BUDGET. CONGRATULATIONS TO THE TORY EXECUTIVE FOR BRINGING FORWARD A BALANCED BUDGET; CONGRATULATIONS TO THE STAFF FOR WORKING TOWARDS A BALANCED BUDGET, CONGRATULATIONS TO THE LEADER FOR LEADING THE COUNCIL TOWARDS A BALANCED BUDGET.CONGRATULATIONS TO THE ‘TORY’ COUNCILLORS FOR SUPPORTING A BALANCED BUDGET.
AND MULTIPLE ACCUSATIONS AND COMMISSERATIONS :
HURLED IN QUICK SUCCESSION AGAINST THE TORY GOVERNMENT FOR FORCING TORY CONTROLLED WAVERLEY BOROUGH COUNCIL TO MAKE SAVAGE CUTS TO ITS HOUSING PROGRAMME, ITS GREEN WASTE COLLECTION, FORCING IT TO SHOVE UP CAR PARKING AND OTHER COUNCIL CHARGES.
AND WHO ELSE DID THEY BLAME?
THE OPPOSITION – AND IN PARTICULAR COUNCILLOR JERRY HYMAN, FARNHAM RESIDENTS GROUP (who has been in post for a couple of months) and has been given a verbal smack about the head ever since he dared to sit on his hard earned hot seat…
… for not coming up with more imaginative ways of saving money… Really Councillor Hyman – you must try harder!!
Well here’s a few SAVINGS the Waverley Web came up with:
- Cut the final salary pension scheme
- Reduce the – number of councillors.
- reduce attendance and special responsibility allowances
- pay annual allowance based on attendance and representation on outside bodies.
- explore a full merger with other councils – partivularly East Surrey and West SsussecCounty Councils.
- and… last but not least – let poor old “Wen-am I – Leaving…leave!
Angry and frustrated Haslemere councillors are calling for thei removal of their town from Waverley “because we get nothing from WBC and are having our car parking charges hiked again – making them more expensive than some Guildford car parks!” It’s residents want to move into East Hampshire, which isn’t increasing its council tax or over into West Sussex – where in most cases car parking is free, gratis and for nothing and where its Age UK, and old people’s services, are flourishing!
Where have we heard that before … didn’t Farnham petition Her Majesty The Queen to seek permission to be surgically removed from the borough of Waverley? Embarassing or what for “Our Jeremy” the Secretary of State for health!