Have your say on second phased of ‘gruelling’ council cuts

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More cutbacks have been drawn up by council chiefs as they attempt to balance the books.

Proposals include closing a day centre for the elderly, cutting street cleaning, slashing the maintenance of parks and open spaces and closing the council’s payment office.

Bedford Borough Council is attempting to fill an estimated funding gap of £25million a year by 2019, brought about by unprecedented cuts in government funding and increased demand for council services.

Reviews are also due to be carried out on cultural services, waste and recycling and library services.

In the latest round of proposed cuts, the council has put forward plans to merge Conduit Road Day Centre with Goldington Day Centre, close the manned council payment desks at the customer service centre in Horne Lane, reduce street cleaning and overhaul ground maintenance works.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “It is clear to everyone that we face a long and gruelling process to deliver balanced budgets in the face of a massive funding shortage.

“We’re asking residents to help us meet this challenge and give their views on these proposals.”

The first phase of cuts put forward by the council included scrapping council-run summer holiday play schemes, closing public toilets, axing funding for speed cameras and cancelling the town centre Christmas fair.

To find out more and to have your say visit www.bedford.gov.uk/budget2016