Shropshire Council have recently consulted on their strategy for leisure facilities in the County. Swimming provision is under threat, with withdrawal of funding from SpaRC in Bishops Caslte and a pool in Church Stretton on the cards. The Strategy is dismissive of our Quarry Pool in Shrewsbury, saying it is not fit for purpose, and promotes the idea of having the swimming pool together with a modern multi-facility. There no doubt they mean Sundorne Sports Village. Hannah Fraser's response to the consultation is below:
Shropshire and Shrewsbury Town Councillor Hannah Fraser has been selected to contest the next General Election for the Liberal Democrats.The selection was made to ensure that there is a candidate in place in the event of a snap election before the spring. Speaking at the recent selection meeting Hannah pledged to stand up for Shrewsbury, saying
I didn't immediately realise the significance of what had happened. It was at the full Shropshire Council meeting of 25th February. There had been some discussion about Councillors' allowances. Amidst calls for the allowances to be reduced, or scrapped, or at least re-evaulated, the new Conservative Leader of Council declared that he used to earn over £100,000 a year, and the allowances were, frankly, a pittance. Particularly as 'gone are the days' when a Councillor could claim an allowance and do far less work! Well, Councillors receive a basic allowance of £11,514 per year. Portfolio holders receive an additional £11,514 per year, and the Leader receives a total of £34,542 per year. I leave it to you to decide whether this is a pittance.
Shropshire Council has been undertaking a 'Big Conversation' with Shrewsbury residents, to find out which services are most important, and whether Council Tax should be increased. You can find out more about the big conversation on the Shropshire Council Website.
On its website, Shropshire Council says 'We know the services we provide are important to you. As part of this Big Conversation we want you to tell us your views on the services you value, the services you don't and the services you and your community may consider delivering yourselves' and 'Your views are really important to helping us prioritise our future budget'.
On today's Shropshire Star website we read that Shrewsbury MP Daniel Kawczynski is going to support the Government's Council funding plan, after it pledged another £8.5 million. Previously the MP had said he would oppose the government.
This £8.5 million is a one-off settlement, spread over 2 years. That's £5million this year and £3.5 million next year. This is a drop in the ocean compared to the £35 million the Council needs to find this year alone, and the £21 million needed for next year. Our MP has not fully understood the swingeing nature of the cuts to services that Shropshire residents face. This paltry offer will do nothing to keep our leisure centres, libraries and museums open, will not save our bus services, and will not stop reductions in services such as street cleaning, grass cutting and road gritting.