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Row Breaks Out Over Funding and Services for Heworth

York council

6:35pm 10th April 2013

A Lib Dem opposition councillor is accusing the city councillor of wasting money while neglecting his residents.

Cllr Nigel Ayre, who represents Heworth Without, said:

“Heworth Without is suffering from the consequences of Labour cutting funding to the area and their complete disregard for the concerns of local people outside the city-centre. Labour can find millions to spend on an Arts Barge, sprucing up Kings Square, an unpopular 20mph scheme and council jollies to France, but can not find anything to protect basic frontline services in Heworth Without. They have cut the road budget, bus funding, litter bins and ward committee funding. What makes it even worse is that whenever local residents raise concerns they are ignored by this out-of-touch and arrogant Labour Council.

“This is why I am launching this campaign and petition to try to get a fairer deal for residents in Heworth Without. I will be working with local people to send a clear message that enough is enough. People are seeing their council tax rise by 2% this month, after Labour turned down a £1.5million government grant, but they are also seeing service after service being cut. Labour can not go on treating hard-working residents with utter contempt.”

Deputy Leader of the Council, Coun. Tracey Simpson-Laing responded by saying:

“How Coun. Ayre has the audacity to call for a ‘fair deal’ when his Government is systematically doing its best to dismantle local councils and the services they provide is anyone’s guess. Through his support for his party in Government he is in fact supporting cuts to services to York people, the very people he purports to represent. 

“If he really believes enough is enough, he would happily sign up to such a campaign to Government to stop disproportionate cuts to councils and ensure that York gets a fair deal. But more likely, as we have seen before with Coun. Ayre, party loyalty will come before services to local people”.

Cllr Ayre will be delivering his petition to residents in the coming weeks and it can also be found here: http://yorklibdems.org.uk/fairerdealforheworthwithout 

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