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  • Don’t miss the chance to give your views on council savings proposals

    Henry James

    RESIDENTS, organisations and businesses in West Lancashire are being urged not miss the opportunity to give their views on the borough council’s proposals for savings, efficiencies and increases in income totalling £310,000 before the consultation period closes on Sunday, September 3.

    Service users and residents, along with local community groups, organisations and businesses, can give their views at www.westlancs.gov.uk/yourviews

    Comments can also be submitted by letter and email. Paper copies are also available at the Council offices at 52 Derby St, Ormskirk and the customer service point in the Concourse, Skelmersdale.

    The council will consider the results of the consulation in October.

    The main proposals are as follows:

    l Increasing a number of fees and charges each year, in line with inflation. This would include charges for pest control, and some licensing charges, but not car park charges.

    l Increasing the charge for replacement wheelie bins from £23 to £25 to cover the actual cost of providing the bins.

    l Ending the provision of a civic car for the mayor and reducing the number of functions attended by the mayor.

    l A review of the way the council carries out street cleaning and grounds maintenance.

    l Increasing bus station departure charges to bus companies from 7.5 pence to 50 pence per departure.

    l Reviewing the Home Care Link emergency response system, which currently runs at an annual deficit of around £70,000, to ensure it at least breaks even in the future.

    Councillor Chris Wynn, West Lancs Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: “I encourage residents and local organisations to take part in this consultation before the surveys close.

    “The council faces serious financial challenges and we want to gather views and suggestions so we can take them into account when we make decisions in October.”

    The council is seeking views from individuals and organisations and is working with West Lancashire CVS to contact local voluntary and community groups, businesses, and other organisations to invite them to take part.

    However, it is stressed that the consultation is open to all. Any organisation can complete the survey and all residents can take part.

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