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Council seeks further savings.

North Lanarkshire Council is preparing to make PS8.2 million of savings - which could include cuts to front-line services.

A public consultation is now underway on some of the budgeting options available - which include increasing cemetery fees, introducing parking charges, cancelling Airdrie and Coatbridge's fireworks displays and reducing festive lighting, and no longer running the annual celebration for golden wedding couples.

Options on the table also include the council reducing its management fee paid to North Lanarkshire Leisure and Culture NL - which in turn could see the closure of further community centres and a review of the opening hours at John Smith pool.

Councillors must make cuts to balance the books in the light of an expected PS21.8m spending gap for the year ahead; and the current sums also include an anticipated three per cent rise in council tax.

Members from all sides have spoken of the "tough decisions" ahead of next month's budget and of the increasingly "unpalatable" nature of the savings options being considered.

The Advertiser asked shoppers in Airdrie what they thought of the latest in a long line of council budget savings.


Dismayed Caldercruix pensioner Anne Jane McGuire said:"I can't believe they're making further cuts to our frontline services. I think the SNP should be in control of the council."

Disabled Caldercruix resident George Wood said:"I think that it's total rubbish what they're suggesting. I'm really concerned that the council's proposed cuts will badly affect me."

Taxi driver John Harold from Gartlea "It's shocking. I hope they won't services which will detrimentally affect vulnerable members of society, old and young."

Irate Gartlea woman Agnes Cullen said:"It's not good enough.There are far too many cuts to services, and these are not essential. I think it's a disgrace."

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Publication:Airdrie and Coatbridge Advertiser (Lanarkshire, Scotland)
Date:Jan 24, 2018
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