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Council reject lifeline on Jonathan Page Centre

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District councillors voted out a last ditch attempt to secure an extra year of funding for the Jonathan Page Centre.

At a meeting of the full council last night, Aylebury Vale District councillors were offered an amendment to budget proposals.

The amendment would have seen the Jonathan Page Centre secure funding for another year by taking cash from council reserves.

Planning department redundancies would also be put on hold under the alteration, which was put to the council by Lib Dem councillor Avril Davies.

She said: “This council has done some really good, innovative things that have shown that for less money we can do more.

“But we need to have time for planning these good ideas, and we have £23million in reserves.”

But leader of the council Neil Blake said that even if the council voted to secure funding for the after school and holiday club, this would not affect the budget vote.

But the warnings of Mrs Davies and other Liberal Democrat councillors fell on deaf ears, and the amendment was voted out 21 to 33.

After the meeting Mr Blake said that he could not support Cllr Mrs Davies’ proposal, because the decision to cease funding for the centre has not yet been finalised.

He also said that the budget does not include any savings with regard to the centre.

On the night the council also discussed this year’s budget proposals, and voted to increase council tax by 1.99%.

For an average band D council tax payer this will amount to £2.66 a year, and the money it set to be used to encourage business growth in the Vale.

FURTHER READING

Council meeting papers including report on budget

 

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