Fylde and Wyre residents speak out plea on council cuts

County Coun Jennifer Mein
County Coun Jennifer Mein
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Fylde and Wyre residents have been urged to have their say on three of the services most likely to be savaged by county council cuts.

County Hall has begun a formal consultation exercise seeking residents’ views on changes to the library service, the withdrawal of subsidies from local bus operators and the axeing of its Countryside Service.

In a statement, the council spells out its financial dilemma, saying that in the next five years it must make an extra £262m savings as a result of government cuts in funding, rising costs and increased demand for services. It says based on current and forecast demand it will not be able to meet even all its statutory obligations by 2018 and will be dipping into its reserves heavily for the next two years.

The library consultation runs until the end of January, while the bus and countryside services consultations continue until March 27. Bus operators have already been advised that subsidies will cease on April 2.

County Coun Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “We face an unprecedented financial challenge as a result of relentless cuts in central government funding combined with a rising demand for our services.

“However, we are open to any ideas that people may have on how we can lessen the impact of savings and I would urge people to have their say.” Go to www.lancashire.gov.uk.