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Time for Solihull council to switch off and save

CUTS of £12 million were expected to be made in the borough budget when councillors met yesterday, Thursday, while keeping the council tax frozen at its current rate.

CUTS of £12 million were expected to be made in the borough budget when councillors met yesterday, Thursday, while keeping the council tax frozen at its current rate.

We’ve said for many years that Silhillians are lucky to have such a well run local authority and over the last five to six years our civic leaders have carefully managed to make cuts of some £65 million to keep the books balanced.

Now with a further £12 million to be chopped, library services, flower beds, the out of hours stray dog service and yes, street lighting, are just some of the areas likely to be under the microscope.

So will the lights be going out in Solihull? Surely there must be scope here for making savings without putting the public in danger.

Any night time satellite picture of the UK shows these islands lit up brighter than a Christmas tree.

From Monday to Thursday we’re burning electricity when the vast majority of the population are safely tucked up in bed.

At home and work we’re all being urged to switch off unnecessary electrical appliances, so why not the council too?

Ross Crawford

 

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