With not many councillors on APC having a business background it is not surprising that the topic of staff and operating costs is not prominent. In the current financial difficult times Anston Parish Council should strive for the community to get best value for any contract or purchase they issue. Anston Parish councillors are tasked with delivering best value for the community and maybe the time is now for them to take a long hard look at costs and a) think the unthinkable b) ask the diffic ult questions about how they operate c) make changes that benefit the community d) keep costs under control
Like every other enterprise is APC actively trying to reduce their staff and operating costs? Is APC actively debating delegating roles and responsibilities for the care and maintenance of things like Rackford Meadows and play areas to local interest groups? If not why not? Isn’t that what Localism is all about?
Reducing the burdens on local taxpayers: Why can’t Anston and Dinnington councils share IT and legal costs? Why shouldn’t they share waste and recycling services? Why can’t they share transport and equipment usage and costs? There are no valid reasons why the costs of the annual Bonfire night and fireworks display cannot be shared between Anston and Dinnington.
Labour councillors who control Anston and Dinnington councils have ideological reasons for not sharing; It means they have to be Open, Honest and Transparent and in Anston that does not and will not happen. The Localism Act includes a ‘general power of competence’.The new, general power gives councils more freedom to work together with others in new ways to drive down costs. It gives them increased confidence to do creative, innovative things to meet local people’s needs. Councils have asked for this power because it will help them get on with the job. If Labour councillors on APC knew what they were doing, if they were not economic illiterates and really cared for residents and the community they profess to serve this question needs to be asked: why is APC having to take money from the reserve fund to balance the accounts? Why didn’t Anston Labour councillors debate costs and revenue before 2010 instead of blaming ‘the cuts’ for their incompetence? Sharing costs with Dinnington (and/or Woodsetts) could help to reduce costs and stop further increases in the precept-aka Anston Tax.