Attached is the latest Thorpe missive from Council Leader Ron Woodley.
He has decreased borrowing by £10m? Errum, no he hasn’t, the council finance team has delayed borrowing money for a little while, due to prudent financial management.
Reduced planned debt, reduced costs, but kept care homes open, put money into the pier, A127, cliff slip etc etc etc…. oh and gold plated the loos in his ward. Errum… Woodley maths, something I’ve reported on a few times before, is needed here. You can’t cut spending and borrowing, whilst increasing spending. Hence the lies in this leaflet. Borrowing has been INCREASED in 2015/16 and beyond over and above what the previous Conservative Administration planned.
Grammar schools – he fails to mention that in 2014 there was over a 25% increase in the number of Southend children going to the town’s four grammar schools. Funny that as it was yours truly responsible for education at the time… This increase has continued into 2015 admissions.
BUT! BUT! Wait for the classic, at the bottom of page 2: “If you require a top up of pink, white or food sacks we will deliver to your door.”
That’s all well and good but unless the Leader of the Council is offering to go around and pick up everyone’s white sacks when they have filled them, I’m not quite sure what the point is of delivering them to residents. It was HIS administration that scrapped white sack collections only a couple of weeks ago. It was the Conservatives who tried to stop it, but due to votes on party lines and support from those UKIP who could be bothered to turn up and stay to vote the proposal to keep the textile doorstep recycling service (white sacks to you and me) was ‘black sacked’.
Still Ron Woodley is only the Leader of the Council, what should he know about what budget he proposed and took through the council chamber?