Yesterday afternoon the City Council set its budget for the coming year.
I am really pleased that Conservative Councillors were able to successfully lobby for changes to improve the budget.
Some of the key concessions achieved by the Conservatives were:
1. Keeping the weekly bin collection.
2. Preventing the introduction of night time car parking charges.
3. Keeping Cobbett Road Library open.
4. Preventing planned cuts to vital children's social services.
We were also able to presuade the Council to reduce the council tax increase from 3.5% to 3.3%.
These things were funded by bureaucracy savings.
During the budget debate Labour Councillors were exposed over their U-Turn on providing free buses across Hampshire for pensioners and over their plans to close Oaklands swimming pool.