Letter to the Editor: Shame Sutton Council didn't talk about cuts before local election

"Perhaps the Lib Dem council should not have wasted money in the lead-up to the local elections, eg, dumping tonnes of waste in the high street as a publicity stunt."

First published in Letters

I am writing regarding the article 'Front-line cuts are coming, warns Sutton Council leader'.

Councillor Ruth Dombey indicates the Liberal Democrat Council knew "in 2011" that savings in the council budget were needed, presumably because the LibDems are part of the Government and privy to such information.

What a pity the Lib Dems failed to inform the electorate of this salient point in the lead up to the election, before votes were cast.

UKIP in Sutton did inform the public that the Lib Dems had delayed painful decisions for a new council and we are about to see what that means in practice.

Additionally, apart from cuts, they have to build new schools and other classes for the huge increase in schooling provisions.

Perhaps Coun Dombey and her colleagues might want to reduce their own salaries in light of the 500 redundancies she says the council has implemented?

Your article also says Coun Dombey wants to have a "different conversation with people" and "what services are at risk... depends on what people say."

This will be through Sutton's Future, a website for this purpose. Let me decipher that for your readers, this is management speak for, "We already know what we want to do to cut ᆪ40m from the budget, but let us ask the electorate to make choices and if it coincides with our assessment we say the public wanted it. If it does not coincide we say that we implemented X per cent of the public choice and merely a smaller X per cent they did not want to make up the difference." 

This sleight of hand for making difficult management decisions is widespread and is patently see through. It is as if a Lib Dem cannot make a decision.

Perhaps the Lib Dem council should not have wasted money in the lead-up to the local elections, eg, dumping tonnes of waste in the high street as a publicity stunt and then cynically parade before the said dump to take credit for it.

Bill Main-Ian; UKIP prospective candidate for Carshalton and Wallington

What do you think? Send your letter to: letters@suttonguardian.co.uk.

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6:34pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Bonnie Craven says...

I agree that the council should have been more honest about what the future held under their rule prior to the local elections, and that money should not have been wasted on PR stunts like this (which backfired to make our High Street look like rubbish), and daffodil bulbs, whilst pretty, are no compensation for the loss of community services which are what we pay our council tax for. I am also unhappy that so much money has been spent by the council on lanyards and beer mats reminding staff who they are supposed to be working for!

I also think that perhaps Sutton Council needs to ensure that Councillors do not fall into arrears with their council tax payments.

If money was available for these schemes, it is still unsatisfactory that the council has done almost nothing to raise awareness of the plight of St Helier Hospital. Amazingly, residents are still not being kept up to speed with the current situation faced by our highly regarded and much loved hospital.
I agree that the council should have been more honest about what the future held under their rule prior to the local elections, and that money should not have been wasted on PR stunts like this (which backfired to make our High Street look like rubbish), and daffodil bulbs, whilst pretty, are no compensation for the loss of community services which are what we pay our council tax for. I am also unhappy that so much money has been spent by the council on lanyards and beer mats reminding staff who they are supposed to be working for! I also think that perhaps Sutton Council needs to ensure that Councillors do not fall into arrears with their council tax payments. If money was available for these schemes, it is still unsatisfactory that the council has done almost nothing to raise awareness of the plight of St Helier Hospital. Amazingly, residents are still not being kept up to speed with the current situation faced by our highly regarded and much loved hospital. Bonnie Craven
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7:59pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Monstermunch17 says...

Bonnie Craven wrote:
I agree that the council should have been more honest about what the future held under their rule prior to the local elections, and that money should not have been wasted on PR stunts like this (which backfired to make our High Street look like rubbish), and daffodil bulbs, whilst pretty, are no compensation for the loss of community services which are what we pay our council tax for. I am also unhappy that so much money has been spent by the council on lanyards and beer mats reminding staff who they are supposed to be working for!

I also think that perhaps Sutton Council needs to ensure that Councillors do not fall into arrears with their council tax payments.

If money was available for these schemes, it is still unsatisfactory that the council has done almost nothing to raise awareness of the plight of St Helier Hospital. Amazingly, residents are still not being kept up to speed with the current situation faced by our highly regarded and much loved hospital.
You would need your head in the sand not to realise council spending would be cut, in the current climate.
[quote][p][bold]Bonnie Craven[/bold] wrote: I agree that the council should have been more honest about what the future held under their rule prior to the local elections, and that money should not have been wasted on PR stunts like this (which backfired to make our High Street look like rubbish), and daffodil bulbs, whilst pretty, are no compensation for the loss of community services which are what we pay our council tax for. I am also unhappy that so much money has been spent by the council on lanyards and beer mats reminding staff who they are supposed to be working for! I also think that perhaps Sutton Council needs to ensure that Councillors do not fall into arrears with their council tax payments. If money was available for these schemes, it is still unsatisfactory that the council has done almost nothing to raise awareness of the plight of St Helier Hospital. Amazingly, residents are still not being kept up to speed with the current situation faced by our highly regarded and much loved hospital.[/p][/quote]You would need your head in the sand not to realise council spending would be cut, in the current climate. Monstermunch17
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