Further cuts to region’s services as council looks to save £1.1m

14:31 04 February 2014

More spending cuts are looming...

More spending cuts are looming...

Archant

NDC Executive recommends revenue budget for 2014-15.

WASTE and recycling and property and technical services are facing large-scale cuts as North Devon Council looks to make a £1.1million saving on its services spending.

Waste and Recycling will be hit hardest, with changes and remodelling of rounds contributing to £400,000 of spending cuts.

Property and technical services will also see their budget cut by more than a quarter of a million, including a £100,000 cut to North Devon Theatres’ Trust.

The council’s revenue budget for 2014-15 was recommended by their Executive today (Tuesday), and will be brought before a full council meeting on February 26.

Funding for the area’s economic delivery agency North Devon + will also be slashed by £40,000.

The North Devon Festival grant will be dashed to the tune of £35,000, while parish grants will be cut by a similar amount.

In the three years to 2013-14, the council has reduced its budget by £3million to £12.142million – resulting in 70 fewer staff.

The 2014-15 budget, which is set to be reduced by a further four per cent to £11.688million, could signal further job losses.

Before today’s meeting of the Executive, council leader Cllr Brian Greenslade said: “I’m not really happy with the budget as it produces further substantial cuts through cuts in the government grant, but hopefully we’re making the best of it.

“The other difficult issue is that the government would normally have produced their grant figure by now, but we won’t find out until February 12 so we may have to come back and make adjustments.

“I can’t say there will be no further job losses as we have to make considerable savings but there will be no list of redundancies.

“I think the savings target for waste and recycling is achievable. We have been able to start to re-organise how we do things and the costs will reduce because we’ll be operating in a different way with fewer people, but again there won’t be a big number of redundancies.”

Related articles

0 comments

Other News Stories

14:48
Colin Ireland has died, aged 74. Picture: Submitted

Procession of motorbikes expected at funeral of Ireland’s Motorcycles founder tomorrow.

Read more
09:59
Fire fighters used foam to put out the fire.

Residents evacuated as fire fighters deal with blazing diesel tanker near Holsworthy

Read more
Mark at the finish line of his Coast Path run. Picture: Submitted

Mark Berry, 53, has beaten the world record for the 630-mile run by nearly three days, riaisng more than £7,500 for charity.

Read more
CCTV footage of the robbery in Barnstaple.

CCTV images taken from inside Coopers in Barnstaple show armed robber aiming gun at jewellery shop owner before fleeing shop.

Read more
Mark Newton is going around Britain on a mobility scooter. Picture: Sarah Howells

Mark Newton is travelling around Britain on a mobility scooter - and this week he visited North Devon. Did you spot him?

Read more
08:30
Richard Moore, former owner of Bernard Smith in Barnstaple and Martin Hemmerle, managing director of HBH Woolacotts.

Electrical retailer has been sold to West Country firm HBH Woolacotts

Read more
Yesterday, 18:20
Naira takes charge of her pups. Picture: Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park

Combe Martin Wildlife & Dinosaur Park welcomes first litter of pups for its Hudson Bay wolves

Read more
Yesterday, 16:05
Bideford Hospital.

Commissioning group doctors says the current set up ‘not the best use of available resources’

Read more
Coopers Jewellery owner David Bruce

Barnstaple’s Coopers Jewellery owner David Bruce recalls fighting off the armed intruder who entered his shop on Thursday afternoon.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:42
Police arrest a man in Bideford on Saturday. Pictures: Daryl Knight.

Police chased man through Bideford on Saturday morning before detaining him.

Read more

Local Weather

Sunny

Sunny

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Great British Life


Great British Life

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Family Notices 24

Digital Edition

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition today E-edition



North Devon's trusted business finder