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Petitions blow hole in coffers

PETITIONS submitted to Solihull Council are costing thousands of pounds to process.

PETITIONS submitted to Solihull Council are costing thousands of pounds to process.

Councillor David Jamieson, cabinet member for transport and highways, was told that each petition submitted to his department was costing an average of £5,000.

He said that while local people should be able to put their views across, the council should be looking at other ways for residents to make their views heard.

“I’m concerned that if we’re receiving 50 petitions a year, that’s £250,000 we’re spending to have them processed,” he said.

“That money won’t see any changes implemented, at a time when money is tight.

“Having said that, it’s only right that people make their views known to the council.”

The revelation came at a recent transport and highways cabinet meeting.

While some petitions cost less, around £2,000, long-running issues like the introduction of parking restrictions in Hillfield were considerably more.

In the transport and highways department, the cost usually rises if traffic surveys or other analysis have to be carried out.

Coun Jamieson said that he would like to see the council looking at other, less expensive, ways for people to put their views across, for instance via the internet.

His fellow committee members said that it was important that residents still had a way of having their say.

 

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