Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Delegated services

HENLEY Town Council could take on more responsibility for services.

HENLEY Town Council could take on more responsibility for services.

The idea comes from the Oxfordshire Together scheme run by the county council as it tries to make £340million in savings between 2010 and 2018.

It has asked local communities to take more control of services such as snow clearing, gritting, weed spraying and maintenance of street furniture which it has traditionally paid for.

Councillor Will Hamilton told a meeting of the town council’s town and community committee: “We need to work really closely with the county council to do what we can to keep our town really special.”

Councillor Kellie Hinton said the council had already taken on a number of jobs from the county.



“We cut grass for the county council but they pay for it,” she said. “They said they could only afford to pay for two cuts and ‘if you want to do more it’s up to you’.”

Deputy Mayor Julian Brookes said: “We need to take care because the town is not a bottomless pit.”



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