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PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Proposed parking charges at Blaise Castle and Oldbury Court would be scrapped and bulky household waste collection fees slashed under plans by Bristol City Council’s Conservatives. The opposition party’s amendments to the annual budget include new prefab homes for key workers, more outdoor play equipment, extra support for SEND pupils and measures to mitigate the impact of the CribbsPatchway New Neighbourhood in north Bristol. Tories also want to fund an education programme on the use of lifesaving defibrillators, help restore parks and increase investment in youth provision, according to the proposals to be debated by full council on Tuesday (February 23). However, the alternative ideas are unlikely to succeed because the group has only a minority of councillors in the chamber, and some of the plans come with implications for services and equalities. To pay for their wishlist on day-to-day costs, the Conservatives would cut the size of the mayor’s office and corporate communications teams, including social media monitoring, and make savings from reduced borrowing as a result of delays in building projects. Those resources, totalling £530,000, would be used to keep it free to park at Blaise Estate and Oldbury Court where the authority intends to introduce charges, reduce the bulky domestic waste charge from £25 to £15, increase investment in the SEND intervention and improvement team to provide more support to primary schools and and raise public awareness on the use and location of defibrillators. The rest of the group’s proposals, including £1million for a “prefabricated housing scheme to accelerate delivery of key worker homes” and £1million to maintain and repair paths, equipment and cafes and other buildings in parks, come under its capital programme amendment. This would be paid for by diverting £6million from unallocated community infrastructure levy (CIL) funds, which are developers’ contributions to local areas, and some of the authority’s contingency reserve set aside for cost overruns and urgent projects. Group leader Cllr Mark Weston, who has tabled the amendments, said: “This year’s budget deliberations are taking place against the extremely challenging economic, health and social background created by the health crisis. “When resources are stretched, our budget amendments are a clear and distinct contrast to the ruling Labour mayor.
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. “Many will be horrified that there is actually a budget used for the monitoring of social media.
Paramedics practise on a defibrillator
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“This unjustifiable outlay would be much better put towards promoting lifesaving equipment. “Similarly, in the face of the continuing housing shortage, the time has surely come to try to speed up delivery of homes through a new innovative prefabs scheme. “I look forward to making the case for these common-sense preferences and am confident they will resonate with local taxpayers.” Officers who have assessed the proposals say removing car parking charges would financially benefit disabled people, carers, pregnant women and mums with young children but is “likely this will lead to an increase in demand for parking at these locations”.
They say: “Reallocation of strategic CIL would prevent any other schemes as outlined in the project from proceeding, such as development of Castle Park, Frome Gateway or Victoria Gardens.” The officers say the £200,000 cut to the mayor’s office with a view to merging with the executive office would reduce its capacity to “quickly act upon targeted intervention programmes for specific protected characteristic groups when the opportunities arise” such as last year’s drive to increase black, Asian and minority ethnic magistrates. A £180,000 saving on PR and consultation would “substantially reduce our ability to communicate with and engage communities”, they add.
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