LiveLIVE: County Hall sets budget

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Summary

  • Conservative administration has proposed a council tax freeze for the fourth year running.
  • Spending plans include £2m on flood management & £1m on school improvements.
  • Opposition parties will put forward their alternative plans today.
  • All alternatives include £3m for youth services.

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12:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Other Labour plans include:

£160k to pay living wage for lowest paid council employees

What about employees of private organisations? At least one of these political parties should be banging the drum for a proper living wage for ALL sectors of employment.

"We cannot and will not live beyond our means."

What, you mean like the free dinners at County Hall and the chairman's chauffeur driven limo?

"Cllr Durcan (Lab) says spending on flood repairs is welcomed but asked where was funding to prevent it."

Oh my God, some commonsense at last from Labour.
Other Labour plans include: £160k to pay living wage for lowest paid council employees What about employees of private organisations? At least one of these political parties should be banging the drum for a proper living wage for ALL sectors of employment. "We cannot and will not live beyond our means." What, you mean like the free dinners at County Hall and the chairman's chauffeur driven limo? "Cllr Durcan (Lab) says spending on flood repairs is welcomed but asked where was funding to prevent it." Oh my God, some commonsense at last from Labour. Kim Gandy
  • Score: -2

12:08pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Cllr Dave Harris says...

Living wage should be there for all
Living wage should be there for all Cllr Dave Harris
  • Score: 10

12:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Cllr Dave Harris says...

Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential
Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential Cllr Dave Harris
  • Score: 12

12:09pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Cllr Dave Harris wrote:
Living wage should be there for all
Absolutely
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Dave Harris[/bold] wrote: Living wage should be there for all[/p][/quote]Absolutely Kim Gandy
  • Score: 6

12:10pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Kim Gandy says...

Cllr Dave Harris wrote:
Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential
Flood prevention would be better.

The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Dave Harris[/bold] wrote: Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential[/p][/quote]Flood prevention would be better. The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 4

12:13pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Cllr Dave Harris says...

County council needs to get a grip of the contractor ring way whose performance on pot holes is dire
The criteria needs review so we are not wasting tax payer cash
More pot holes repaired in a quicker smarter way
County council needs to get a grip of the contractor ring way whose performance on pot holes is dire The criteria needs review so we are not wasting tax payer cash More pot holes repaired in a quicker smarter way Cllr Dave Harris
  • Score: 9

12:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Cllr Dave Harris says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Cllr Dave Harris wrote:
Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential
Flood prevention would be better.

The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.
Definitely agreed
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Dave Harris[/bold] wrote: Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential[/p][/quote]Flood prevention would be better. The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.[/p][/quote]Definitely agreed Cllr Dave Harris
  • Score: 0

12:28pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Nebs says...

Cllr Dave Harris wrote:
County council needs to get a grip of the contractor ring way whose performance on pot holes is dire
The criteria needs review so we are not wasting tax payer cash
More pot holes repaired in a quicker smarter way
There must be enough potholes to justify the full time employment of a small team of repairers. It would surely be cheaper than paying a middleman contractor.
[quote][p][bold]Cllr Dave Harris[/bold] wrote: County council needs to get a grip of the contractor ring way whose performance on pot holes is dire The criteria needs review so we are not wasting tax payer cash More pot holes repaired in a quicker smarter way[/p][/quote]There must be enough potholes to justify the full time employment of a small team of repairers. It would surely be cheaper than paying a middleman contractor. Nebs
  • Score: 10

1:24pm Tue 11 Feb 14

julieee says...

every council promoting living wage should ensure everybody working in their buildings is receiving it, including the sub-contacted cleaner
every council promoting living wage should ensure everybody working in their buildings is receiving it, including the sub-contacted cleaner julieee
  • Score: 6

1:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Cllr Dave Harris says...

Fiasco of budget setting over with cuts incorporated
Winners are those who have
Loosers are vulnerable, sick, youth work and of course our poor roads
Oh yes another winner is quik fit in car repairs
Fiasco of budget setting over with cuts incorporated Winners are those who have Loosers are vulnerable, sick, youth work and of course our poor roads Oh yes another winner is quik fit in car repairs Cllr Dave Harris
  • Score: 5

2:34pm Tue 11 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
Cllr Dave Harris wrote:
Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential
Flood prevention would be better.

The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.
As the Government has said today 50 years of neglect, with five weeks of rain, is the reason, try grasping that simple equation, before thinking throwing local money, which isn't there will sort it.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Cllr Dave Harris[/bold] wrote: Flood repairs and some ditch clearing is essential[/p][/quote]Flood prevention would be better. The Fairglen interchange and Rayleigh Weir are two such examples.[/p][/quote]As the Government has said today 50 years of neglect, with five weeks of rain, is the reason, try grasping that simple equation, before thinking throwing local money, which isn't there will sort it. You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: 3

5:39pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Lesley says...

The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

It's about time some resources were allocated to this.
The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat. It's about time some resources were allocated to this. Lesley
  • Score: 1

5:42pm Tue 11 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Lesley wrote:
The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

It's about time some resources were allocated to this.
You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time
[quote][p][bold]Lesley[/bold] wrote: The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat. It's about time some resources were allocated to this.[/p][/quote]You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -5

6:06pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Lesley says...

You'dfeelbetterforkn
owingthat
wrote:
Lesley wrote:
The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

It's about time some resources were allocated to this.
You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time
No, we have cleared the drain at the top of our drive a few times but it soon silts up again.

Anyway, it shouldn't have to be cleared by me, that's what I pay council tax for.
[quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lesley[/bold] wrote: The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat. It's about time some resources were allocated to this.[/p][/quote]You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time[/p][/quote]No, we have cleared the drain at the top of our drive a few times but it soon silts up again. Anyway, it shouldn't have to be cleared by me, that's what I pay council tax for. Lesley
  • Score: 7

9:58pm Tue 11 Feb 14

You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat says...

Lesley wrote:
You'dfeelbetterforkn

owingthat
wrote:
Lesley wrote:
The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat.

It's about time some resources were allocated to this.
You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time
No, we have cleared the drain at the top of our drive a few times but it soon silts up again.

Anyway, it shouldn't have to be cleared by me, that's what I pay council tax for.
That's the trouble these days, everyone wants to moan, yet no one wants to help, the result here, you get flooded, 13 years looking at that drain silting up, and you did nothing?
[quote][p][bold]Lesley[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]You'dfeelbetterforkn owingthat[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lesley[/bold] wrote: The kerbside drains in Hockley and Hawkwell have been silted up ever since I have lived here (2001). Every time the rain is heavy the rain runs off into our garage and Hill Road in Hawkwell is so flooded, you can't navigate it except by boat. It's about time some resources were allocated to this.[/p][/quote]You mean to say for thirteen years you have let it remain, you could have tunnelled to France in that time[/p][/quote]No, we have cleared the drain at the top of our drive a few times but it soon silts up again. Anyway, it shouldn't have to be cleared by me, that's what I pay council tax for.[/p][/quote]That's the trouble these days, everyone wants to moan, yet no one wants to help, the result here, you get flooded, 13 years looking at that drain silting up, and you did nothing? You'dfeelbetterforknowingthat
  • Score: -6

10:17am Wed 12 Feb 14

bloke down the pub says...

The only people who benefit from privatised services are the counselors that award them the contracts. Al services should be run in house. Stop lining the pockets of counselors an d there buddys. Its up to you
The only people who benefit from privatised services are the counselors that award them the contracts. Al services should be run in house. Stop lining the pockets of counselors an d there buddys. Its up to you bloke down the pub
  • Score: 3

10:27pm Wed 12 Feb 14

woolstone says...

The Fairglen interchange isn't that where they want to put a travellers site ?
The Fairglen interchange isn't that where they want to put a travellers site ? woolstone
  • Score: 0

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