town council warned over Sedgemoor cash shortfall
District Council bosses visited Burnham-On-Sea on Monday (March
1st) and issued a stark warning on future funding of local public
Griffin, Corporate Director at Sedgemoor District Council, and
Council Leader Duncan McGinty (pictured) attended a Town Council
meeting, where they said government funding caps had left the
provision of some local services in jeopardy.
added that Burnham and Highbridge Town Council would be increasingly
asked to fund more public services in the town.
Griffin explained: "We are facing severe budget caps and
therefore negotiations are needed with town and parish councils
across the district to explore whether they can take over some
proposals raised concern among several Burnham councillors, including
Cllr Ken Smout, who said: "We're being asked to take on extra
services without any extra money. I don't intend to be cynical,
but it appears that we are being asked to fail together."
Cllr Eric Gill told Monday's meeting: "If the Town Council
and parishes don't put money into a collective pot, they will
be able to do very little individually to save local services."
Neville Jones asked Mrs Griffin whether the Town Council could
expect to receive a small proportion of local business rates to
help fund local services in the future.
as little as one per cent of the local business rates could significantly
help us in running local service," he said.
Griffin said all avenues would be explored over coming months,
adding that a meeting is being arranged for May when local parish
and town councils will be invited to discuss the proposals and
start the job of "establishing what local services are viewed
as important and which are not."
are Alison Griffin, Corporate Director at Sedgemoor District Council,
and Council Leader Duncan McGinty at Monday's Town Council meeting