Bramley, start the New Year with a clean up!

 

Your local councillors at a previous community skip

The second of our community skips funded through our local delegated budget will take place on Howard Road in Bramley this coming Saturday, 6th January, from 9.30am (til 11.30am or the skip is full, whichever is first).

Any residents living in the local area are welcome to use the skip to dispose of larger items that are cluttering up your homes or gardens. We’ll also be trying to tidy up some of the public space in the area and you’d be very welcome to join us to pick some litter.

There are restrictions on what can be placed in the skip – please don’t try to use it to dispose of trade or business waste, paint or aerosols. If you’ve a car load of stuff, you need to take it to the household waste site on Lidget Lane! There will be a member of staff on hand to prevent any inappropriate items being disposed of.

If you’re nearby and starting the new year with a clean out, we’ll see you on Saturday.

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Tories impose yet more cuts to council budget

The council has this week commenced consultation on some proposed changes to services as Rotherham faces tens of millions of pounds worth of further cuts imposed by the Conservative government. Rotherham remains amongst the worst hit parts of the country by austerity.

In an open letter copied below, council leader Chris Read sets out how Labour councillors are responding:

This week we publish details of how the council plans to meet budget cuts imposed by the Tories in Westminster for the coming year. Already more than 1,800 jobs have been lost at the council, and within two years the total cuts to our budget will have reached the £200 million mark.

Councils of all political colours right across the country are reaching a tipping point. Last year, three quarters of all councils overspent on their Children’s Services budgets. Most are overspending on Adult Social Care too. For a council like Rotherham, where two thirds of our budget is spent on Adult and Children’s social care, and only half of our budget is covered by council tax, the consequences are especially severe.

In 2020, the government will scrap the main grant that Rotherham receives altogether. The independent Local Government Association estimates that by then councils will face a jaw-dropping funding shortfall of nearly £6 billion.

Locally, we will continue to invest in the jobs and homes that Rotherham people need, because it’s the right thing to do, and because it helps to reduce costs and supports the council’s income – it’s one of the reasons I continue to argue the case for devolution now, not at some distant point in the future. We’re looking again at our customer services and online services, to ensure they become more efficient and easier to use. We’ve committed small budgets to our neighbourhoods, to meet local demands without needing major projects. We continue to need to reduce the number of buildings that the council owns and runs, because we can’t afford to prioritise buildings over the services that people need.

And yes, we’ve already cut councillors’ allowances again this year, matching the reduction in salaries that our staff agreed to help contribute to the budget. We’ll continue to invest in services for the most vulnerable children and families, not make the mistakes of the past. And whilst I’m writing, we’re not paying for that bridge either.

You will find our budget proposals in more detail on the council’s website and can submit your comments before we set the final proposals in March. This has been the most difficult budget most of us have ever known. We are well beyond the easy answers. But we will continue to focus on making the right decisions for the long term.

The formal consultation on Rotherham Council’s 2018/19 budget can be accessed online here.

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Cold weather

You can find the latest information and advice regarding council services during the current snow and cold weather by going to www.rotherham.gov.uk/winter.

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Northfield Lane pavement works

Works have taken place over the last week to repair the damaged pavement along the far end of Northfield Lane, opposite the entrance to Fleming Way. Earlier this year much of the adjacent pavement had been treated with a surface treament tehcnique as part of a council trial intended to extend the life of the footpath, and subsequently we had heard from residents who were worried about this stretch – which was already more badly decayed. We were pleased to be able to facilitate these further works. Cllr Ellis is pictured on the site.

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Consultation on changes to household bin collections


As the council faces up to yet another year of budget cuts imposed by the government, we continue to need to re-examine all services to ensure they are sustainable and efficient. At the same time, the government has a target to increase the level of recycling nationally to a level higher than we currently achieve in Rotherham.

As a result, we have brought forward proposals to change the way that household waste is collected and these are currently out to public consultation. The proposals have been summarised in the video above, produced by the council.

If they are introduced we expect these changes to save more than £1 million a year every year over the next decade.

You can read more about the proposals, have your say and feed back about your experiences by clicking here. You can also speak to council representatives at a number of face-to-face drop in sessions. The closest ones to our area will be:

  • Wednesday, 6th December, 2017 10am to 2pm at Riverside House, Main St, Rotherham town centre, S60 1QY
  • Friday, 22nd December, 2017 9am to 1pm at Maltby CDT Wesley Centre, 14 Blyth Rd, Maltby, S66 8JD
  • Wednesday, 3rd January, 2018 10am to 2pm at Riverside House ,Main St, Rotherham town centre, S60 1QY

Any changes to collections will not be introduced until the second half of 2018 at the earliest.

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