Call for warden work to stay

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Brighouse residents are keen to see the work done by community wardens continue as Calderdale Council finalises plans for this year’s budget.

At a consultation meeting held at Brighouse Civic Hall, residents and councillors had their say on the council’s proposals.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said the work done by the community wardens should continue and not be cut.

“The link between the community wardens, police and residents works really well and we have to ensure this stays.”

Representatives from the FLORA group in Rastrick were also in support, stating they had a good relationship with their wardens, PCSOs and PC Chris Madden from the police.

Coun Barry Collins, who took the meeting, stressed the importance of local people working together and with the council.

Coun Collins also said a review into contracts with suppliers, council run buildings and cross working with other councils will be key areas where they will be looking to save money.

Calderdale Council staff jobs are under threat as part of further cuts in this year’s budget proposals.

Around 200 jobs could be cut over the next three years in the measures outlined at the meeting of Cabinet at Halifax Town Hall.

Despite having already made cuts of £56 million since 2010 a further £17 million will have to saved by 2017.

Meetings to be held with council staff in the coming weeks will outline plans that would save £6.1m over the next three years.

It is hoped the majority of job losses will be achieved through offering early retirement, voluntary redundancy or re-training for council staff to be re-deployed.

Also included in the budget is the freezing of council tax at last year’s rate and a reduction in spending on waste services following a renegotiation of the contract with suppliers SITA.

Leader of the council Tim Swift (Lab, Town) said: “Despite the unprecedented financial position this budget still seems to provide a good range of public services in Calderdale.

“We are trying to offer support where we can and have set up a £1 million investment in the economy through the economic task force.”

Residents can still send in their comments on the proposals to Calderdale Council before the final budget is voted on at Full Council..