October 24, 2010
cuts 'will widen the gap between Burnham and Highbridge'
MP and a leading local councillor have this week warned that the
gap between Burnham and Highbridge could widen as council spending
cutbacks are implemented.
Munt and Joe Leach made the warning after Somerset County Council
unveiled its plans
for tens of millions of pounds of cutbacks.
Highbridge's waste recycling centre and library are among the
council-run facilities that are threatened by possible closure.
And other services - from social care to bus subsidies and repairing
roads - are also set to be cut back.
Tessa Munt, pictured on the dividing line between Burnham and
Highbridge, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I am shocked at the
scale of Somerset County Council's cutbacks, which are not necessary
and have been poorly thought out."
government cuts are phased over several years to minimise the
impact on people and Ken Maddock, the Council Leader, should be
careful about what is cut."
youth services, for example, is very short-sighted. It will lead
to more young people on our streets and, with PCSO police numbers
also being reduced, there's the potential for increased trouble
added that the proposed closure of eight out of 18 household recycling
centres across the county will be "a false economy"
due to increased landfill costs.
Highbridge councillor Joe Leach added that the poorest people
are set to be hit particularly hard by the cuts.
He told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Highbridge has a lot of young
people who rely on state benefits which are due to be reduced or
"There's a divide already between Highbridge and Burnham,
which I think could widen. Older people are also going to be affected.
Effectively, we now have younger people being told to learn how
to fend for themselves, and elderly people being forced to pay
more for their care."