Bradley Stoke Town Councillors look set to wave through more than a dozen ‘strategic’ recommendations at a Full Council meeting on Wednesday night (18th September).
The recommendations, agreed at a ‘strategic planning meeting’ held in private on 9th September and attended by nine of the fifteen elected councillors, range from spending £11k p.a. on highway verge grass cutting services currently carried out by South Gloucestershire Council (but soon to be axed under that body’s £43m cost saving programme) to providing councillors with the option of having “complicated” business cards that cannot be produced in-house.
The agenda for this week’s meeting lists thirteen bullet point topics that are due to be considered, but full details have not been placed on the council’s website and can only be inspected in person at the council’s Jubilee Centre office. The recommendations include:
- Increasing the hours of the town council’s Youth Participation Worker from 24.8 to 29 hours per week for the period January 2013 to March 2016 and plugging a shortfall in funding of £10k p.a. due to the withdrawal of support from South Gloucestershire Council (SGC).
- Abandoning widely publicised plans to install additional equipment at the Baileys Court play area due to a lack of response from two young people previously engaged with the project and a general lack of funding options available to the town council.
- Reducing the number of dog bins in the town from 57 to 33 (justified by the fact that dog waste may now be placed in general litter bins).
- Increasing the working hours of the council’s Mobile Cleansing Operative (street cleaner) from 24 to 37 per week, at a cost of £6,400 p.a., enabling the operative to take on additional duties such as clearing overgrown walkways and emptying litter bins that the town council currently pays SGC to empty.
- Spending up to £6,000 to replace flooring in the Oak Hall at the Jubilee Centre.
- Allowing the launching of hot air balloons from the Jubilee Centre, with an annual licence being issued to each operator. Commercial operators would be charged but others would be granted a free licence.
Wednesday’s Full Council takes place at the Jubilee Centre, starting at 7.30pm. Members of the public may make statements or ask questions at the start of the meeting.
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