Please find below, for your reference a letter published in the Newbury Weekly News, Thursday, February 18, 2016 by Cllr Crumly, the Conservative Member for Thatcham Central.
In this letter, Councillor Crumly claims that West Berkshire Council has four options only to solve the current problems:
a) to increase charges for services,
b) to increase council tax,
c) to cut internal costs, or
d) to reduce local services.
I disagree wholeheartedly.
This approach is not only extremely short sighted but it is not true. Local authorities across the UK, from Swindon and Basingstoke, to Eastleigh, Portsmouth and North Yorkshire, are engaged in positive schemes to generate income which they are using to cushion the ‘George Osborne effect’.”
I am taking the extraordinary step, here, of including the whole of his letter below. It is from the Newbury Weekly News edition of Thursday, February 18, 2016. [NWN, if you are unhappy with my posting of photograph, please let me know and I will take it down asap.]