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Budget cuts fears far worse than expected

PUBLISHED: 17:18 08 September 2010 | UPDATED: 17:25 08 September 2010

Heavy budget cuts expected at Gravesham Borough Council

Heavy budget cuts expected at Gravesham Borough Council

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Residents have reacted in horror to news the council must cut its budget by almost double the figure first predicted.

A report due to go before the cabinet on Monday September 13 will warn a 35 per cent reduction must be made by 2015, up from the 20 per cent predicted in the Spring.

Josie Madden, 54, London Road, Northfleet, said: “Waste collection must be maintained. That is so important, if we move to once a fortnight you will get vermin which is unacceptable.

Mark Gray, 50, of Hermitage Road, Higham, added: “The most important thing to the future of the town has to be keeping the retailers open, so the council must protect businesses.

Chief Executive Glyn Thomson claims the services can be protected through ‘lean management.’

But while accepting the cuts were handed to the council by a coalition intent on a ‘slash and burn approach’ to dealing with the country’s deficit, leader of the Gravesham Labour Party councillor John Burden predicted a tough time for the borough.

He said: “All they are willing to say is they will be sharing service provision with other authorities but they don’t say if you have a waste problem you now have to go to Tunbridge Wells or the like to deal with it. They need to be having these discussions in public.”

Full reaction to the news in This weeks Reporter

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