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Posted Thursday November 26th, 2015, 2:11 pm
Shropshire Council's "Big Conversation" survey now launched – have your say now on the future of council services
Residents across Shropshire are being urged to take part in what is the biggest consultation on Shropshire Council services ever launched.
The Big Conversation survey is the first phase of a five-year conversation the council wants to have with the people of Shropshire to ask them what council services are most important to them.
The Big Conversation comes in light of continuous Government cuts which, in five years’ time, will leave only one quarter of the current funding that pays for over 150 services.
Like all local authorities, the council is faced with the need to make further substantial savings in the coming years due to ongoing Government cuts.
By 2020/21 the Government’s £44m revenue support grant – money that is paid to councils each year to help provide services – will end. By the time this grant ends, it is estimated that we will be a further £77m worse off, due to the combination of inflationary increases in costs, particularly in adult social care, and further cuts in Government grants.
The council’s forecast budget for 2020/21, recently published in the council’s Financial Strategy, is estimated to be £188m. £163m (87%) of the budget will be allocated to core services such as adult’s and children’s social care and safeguarding, domestic waste disposal, concessionary travel and school transport.
This will leave just £25m (13% of the overall budget) of money to spend on the remaining 150 plus services the council currently provides. This is a reduction of 75% from the £100m the local authority currently spend on these services.
This means the council will have to stop delivering some services, and need the public to tell them which services are important to them and what they can do to help and make the remaining resources it has go further.
Claire Wild, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member leading the council’s Big Conversation, said:
“In every home, organisation and business in Shropshire people have to manage a budget, prioritise and make important spending decisions. This is the same for the council, and we really want to make sure everyone has the opportunity to influence these decisions by showing us which services are the most important to you and your community.
“As part of this Big Conversation we want you to tell us your views on the services you value, the services you don’t, and the services you and your community may consider to run yourselves.
“The Big Conversation will continue over the next five years. This initial survey is the first phase of this conversation.
“So please get involved, your views will be used to tell us what services the council will provide in the years ahead.”
If you know someone who does not have access to a computer, you can either print a copy off for them or you can pick a paper copy up from your local library or customer service point. Alternatively you can call us and request one.
For more information about the Big Conversation and to take part
- follow us: @shropcouncil #Shropbc
- email:[email protected]
- call:0345 678 9077 (weekdays from 9am to 5pm)
Posted Thursday November 26th, 2015, 12:17 pm
Bridgnorth Town Council is looking for a qualified Finance Officer (employed or self-employed) to work the equivalent of 25 hours per week, over a month, to suit the needs of the council’s legal requirements and
meeting schedules. Some evening work will be required.
LOCAL GOVERNMENT EXPERIENCE IS ESSENTIAL
Application forms and further details are available from:
Bridgnorth Town Council, College House
4 St. Leonard’s Close, Bridgnorth, WV16 4EJ
Telephone: 01746 762231
Email: [email protected]
CV’s will not be accepted
Posted Friday November 6th, 2015, 9:16 am
Remembrance Sunday will follow the same format as last year and timings are as follows.
10.40 am - Meet at War Memorial, Castle Grounds
10.50 am - Service at War Memorial, Castle Grounds, in which crosses will be planted by Scouts
10.55 am - Prayers
11.00 am - Two minutes silence will be observed
11.05 am - Wreaths to be laid
11.15 am - Parade to assemble
11.20 am - Parade to St Leonard’s Church – past saluting base in High St
11.30 am approx. - Service at St Leonard’s Church including sermon
Please note, the timings printed in the Bridgnorth Journal are incorrect.
Posted Monday November 2nd, 2015, 10:12 am
The erection of the town's Christmas Lighting will begin from the afternoon of 8th November for approximately two weeks. Works will be taking place late evening into the early morning as per the conditions of our licence. We appreciate your co-operation and patience whilst these works are ongoing.
This year will see the addition of our winning entry into our "Design a Light" competition designed by local school girl Evie Wilson. This will join past winner's designs on the Clock Tower in Low Town.
Posted Monday October 19th, 2015, 3:12 pm
Bridgnorth Town Council are looking for tenders to carry out the following work in relation to their properties and assets.
To supply valuations for both insurance purposes and replacement of:
- All properties and assets
- Items owned by the Town Council
For further information which will be available from Monday 19th October 2015 please contact:
The Town Clerk
Bridgnorth Town Council
College House, St. Leonard’s Close
Tel: 01746 762231
Posted Tuesday October 13th, 2015, 11:06 am
After a fantastic response to the Design A Light Competition, the Mayor has chosen his favourite entries.
This year's winning design was created by Evie Wilson in Year 4 at St. Leonard's Primary School and will feature amongst past year's winners on the Clock Tower in Low Town.
The runners up are Violet Matthews in Year 1 at Highley Community School, May Neal and Oscar Robinson; both in Year 6 at St. Leonard's Primary School. Each of these designs have been incorporated into the posters for this year's event so keep your eyes peeled around town for each one!
A huge well done to all those who entered. The standard was incredibly high and we have some very talented children in our local area.
Posted Tuesday August 18th, 2015, 11:45 am
As part of the enhancements to the Christmas Lights in the town the Town Council is organising a “Design a Christmas Light Competition”.
We are inviting children between the ages of 5 and 12 to design a Christmas Light which will then be made into a rope light illustrative design and put up in Bridgnorth over the Christmas period. The lucky winner will have the honour of turning on the Christmas Lights on the evening of 20th November 2015 with the Town Mayor.
Application forms can be collected from Bridgnorth Town Council offices in College House, St. Leonard's Close or downloaded on the following link: Creative Kids Entry Form.
Entries must be received by 12 noon on 2nd October 2015.
For further information please call 01746 762231 or email [email protected]
Posted Thursday July 16th, 2015, 10:42 am
Payment to park on Severn Park by both machine and by phone recommences on Friday 17th July 2015 following a length of free parking.
For further information please contact the Town Clerk on [email protected] or on 01746 762231.
Posted Wednesday July 15th, 2015, 4:42 pm
Application forms are now available for entry into the Bridgnorth in Bloom Community Pride Awards.
This competition is run by Bridgnorth Town Council with support from local sponsors, groups and organisations.
The competition contributes to Bridgnorth’s entry in Britain In Bloom and has contributed greatly to the success of Bridgnorth’s entry.
The Town Council encourages all residents, businesses and schools to take part and be proud of their local environment. Drought tolerant and environmentally friendly displays are encouraged to enter.
Prizes will be presented at the Presentation Day on Thursday 3rd September at 5pm.
Please click on the following link to download an application form or alternatively, hard copies can be collected from the Town Council offices or posted to you upon request via [email protected]