over 'plans to cut back dog warden service' in Burnham area
Burnham-On-Sea councillor has expressed fears that council funding
cuts for the dog warden service could lead to a big increase in
fouling of beaches and pavements.
Helen Groves, pictured below, said: "Sedgemoor is proposing
to cut funding for dog wardens in Sedgemoor which I think is a
disgrace. At the moment we have only two for the whole Sedgemoor
fouling is an issue not only in our towns, but which the Environment
Agency has made very clear will negatively affect the rating of
the bathing quality of the water on our beach."
District Council spokeswoman Claire Faun told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"Sedgemoor is looking closing a gap of £760,000. As
in previous years, there are a whole raft of budget proposals
which have been - and are being - considered at the moment."
detailed group manager proposals will be presented to the council's
Executive on 22nd January. Once the papers are published next
Tuesday there will be a summary of what could be done to make
these proposals everything is put into the pot. It is for councillors
to decide which savings to take. Results from residents from across
the district wide budget consultation are taken into account.
All political parties are at liberty to present their own proposals
for closing the gap."
proposals will be public from 14th January then discussed initially
at the council's Executive meeting on January 22nd with a final
decision expected due on February 19th.
Faun added: "Cllr Groves tried to raise it at a meeting this
week, but was told that the high level budget proposals had already
been to Executive and scrutiny committees. Within the high level
proposals, group managers were asked to work up various savings
within their service areas which could deliver a percentage reduction
for their service areas."