Plans to make £9.9million in savings at Bedford Borough Council went under scrutiny at a meeting last week.
The authority’s budget scrutiny committee met with Michael Headley, portfolio holder for finance and Dave Hodgson the Mayor of Bedford to discuss the impact that the savings will have on council services.
The committee quizzed the pair on council plans to make savings, which include cutting back office cost and increasing the council’s income.
Mr Hodgson outlined plans to raise money thanks to the re-opening of the Saracen’s Head pub, in St Paul’s Square, and Mr Headley said that the improved gym facilities at Bedford International Athletics Stadium would encourage more members.
The committee also asked the council chiefs about plans to demolish the old Bedford Town Hall office blocks.
They were told that the cost of the works would be £900,000 and that following a consultation process the public had expressed approval for the scheme.
The budget will be discussed further at Wednesday’s full council meeting, where councillors will vote on whether to approve the money-saving measures.
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