CUTS CRUNCH: Savings promise to villages

FRUGAL Gedling Borough Council has promised villagers in the Dispatch district that key services will be preserved, despite a reduction in central-government funding of almost £2 million.

The council, which is responsible for Linby, Papplewick, Newstead, Linby and parts of Bestwood Village, has put together its draft budget for 2011/12.

It says careful management of the books means it has identified savings of almost £1.6 million in the coming years, which means services such as rubbish collection and street cleaning will not suffer.

There are even plans to continue with the weekly emptying of wheelie-bins in the summer — a service that is envied by residents in other districts.

The proportion of council tax charged by Gedling Council will also be frozen at current rates.

The leader of the council, Coun Roland Spencer (Con), who has been nominated for an award because of Gedling’s budgeting, said:

“We have a very strong track-record of managing our finances and delivering efficiencies, and we’ve been planning for grant reductions since the recession began.

“The early action we took to reduce our costs, by freezing job vacancies and re-organising back-office functions, has delivered major savings and we have firm plans in place to save more.”