Colchester Council pass budget

Gazette: Colchester Council pass budget Colchester Council pass budget

POLITICIANS have agreed Colchester Council's budget for 2014/15.

The administration's budget, which includes a freeze of council tax, was passed at a meeting this evening (Wednesday).

Although the opposition put together an alternative budget, it was not put forward and no recommendations were made.

The budget was carried with 30 votes for, 0 against and 18 abstentions.

Read the full story in Friday's Gazette.

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9:58pm Wed 19 Feb 14

hughie-s says...

"The budget was carried with 30 votes for, 0 against and 18 abstentions."

30+18 = 48, where where the other 12 councillors, couldn't be bothered to turn up for the most important vote of the year?
"The budget was carried with 30 votes for, 0 against and 18 abstentions." 30+18 = 48, where where the other 12 councillors, couldn't be bothered to turn up for the most important vote of the year? hughie-s
  • Score: 9

11:00pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

Good point - it wasn't like that in the old days. Neither would the Gazette have reported it 2 days later!! How times change.
Good point - it wasn't like that in the old days. Neither would the Gazette have reported it 2 days later!! How times change. Reginald47
  • Score: 2

11:08pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Based on those figures, with Eighteen abstentions, we have a lot of councillors happily sitting on the fence!
Based on those figures, with Eighteen abstentions, we have a lot of councillors happily sitting on the fence! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 4

11:23pm Wed 19 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

I was at the council meeting and noticed some empty seats where the councillors sit. There were only two members of the public present for the "Have your say" section. I happened to mention the 28 million pound toilet Gazette report had now been syndicated/copied by at least forty countries. Councillor Young insisted "in the long term it will be an asset to the borough".
I was at the council meeting and noticed some empty seats where the councillors sit. There were only two members of the public present for the "Have your say" section. I happened to mention the 28 million pound toilet Gazette report had now been syndicated/copied by at least forty countries. Councillor Young insisted "in the long term it will be an asset to the borough". Hamiltonandy
  • Score: -1

11:44am Thu 20 Feb 14

AngryManNewTown says...

another reason why we should be following the tory plan of cutting the number of councillors to 51!
another reason why we should be following the tory plan of cutting the number of councillors to 51! AngryManNewTown
  • Score: -1

11:46am Thu 20 Feb 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
I was at the council meeting and noticed some empty seats where the councillors sit. There were only two members of the public present for the "Have your say" section. I happened to mention the 28 million pound toilet Gazette report had now been syndicated/copied by at least forty countries. Councillor Young insisted "in the long term it will be an asset to the borough".
Andy, Firstsite is here now, there is not much that can be done about it! We all need to get behind the place and make it work, yes there is not much there that would personally interest me at the moment, but looking at the plans that are starting to be put into place it should improve.
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: I was at the council meeting and noticed some empty seats where the councillors sit. There were only two members of the public present for the "Have your say" section. I happened to mention the 28 million pound toilet Gazette report had now been syndicated/copied by at least forty countries. Councillor Young insisted "in the long term it will be an asset to the borough".[/p][/quote]Andy, Firstsite is here now, there is not much that can be done about it! We all need to get behind the place and make it work, yes there is not much there that would personally interest me at the moment, but looking at the plans that are starting to be put into place it should improve. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: -2

1:12pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Sorry "Angryman" the VAF as it is run under the present conditions will never be more than a moneypit. The Art Council conditions are that it is solely used for visual arts especially so called "modern art". Only by throwing off these requirements could it be made financially viable. Give a commercial exhibition company a free hand with the VAF and surrounding land and it could be a nice little earner for the town.
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It is a pity Colchester Council will not talk about the VAF. The council refuses access to detailed visitor data, refuses public access to meetings with Firstsite and refuses to make public the damning staff reports. The “cultural quarter” has become a growing area of abandoned and derelict buildings. Even the TP night club owners have voted with their feet leaving the old police station to the mercies of the notorious Queen Street drunks and vandals.
Sorry "Angryman" the VAF as it is run under the present conditions will never be more than a moneypit. The Art Council conditions are that it is solely used for visual arts especially so called "modern art". Only by throwing off these requirements could it be made financially viable. Give a commercial exhibition company a free hand with the VAF and surrounding land and it could be a nice little earner for the town. . It is a pity Colchester Council will not talk about the VAF. The council refuses access to detailed visitor data, refuses public access to meetings with Firstsite and refuses to make public the damning staff reports. The “cultural quarter” has become a growing area of abandoned and derelict buildings. Even the TP night club owners have voted with their feet leaving the old police station to the mercies of the notorious Queen Street drunks and vandals. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: 0

1:22pm Thu 20 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Waste of time and breath then andy.the labour party will never succeed in colchester whilst the likes of the youngs are foisted on the voters.
Waste of time and breath then andy.the labour party will never succeed in colchester whilst the likes of the youngs are foisted on the voters. stevedawson
  • Score: -1

3:57pm Thu 20 Feb 14

AngryManNewTown says...

Hamiltonandy wrote:
Sorry "Angryman" the VAF as it is run under the present conditions will never be more than a moneypit. The Art Council conditions are that it is solely used for visual arts especially so called "modern art". Only by throwing off these requirements could it be made financially viable. Give a commercial exhibition company a free hand with the VAF and surrounding land and it could be a nice little earner for the town. . It is a pity Colchester Council will not talk about the VAF. The council refuses access to detailed visitor data, refuses public access to meetings with Firstsite and refuses to make public the damning staff reports. The “cultural quarter” has become a growing area of abandoned and derelict buildings. Even the TP night club owners have voted with their feet leaving the old police station to the mercies of the notorious Queen Street drunks and vandals.
Andy, that’s why one of the councillors later asked Cllr Young if he can use his and the new managers influence with the Arts Council to try to amend the conditions that VAF currently has. There are 'Exhibitions' that have already been planned and booked and can not really be cancelled at the moment, but I do think they will be able to get this changed and then we will have a financially viable space. I was against it at the start but we have to live with it now and work to improve it.
[quote][p][bold]Hamiltonandy[/bold] wrote: Sorry "Angryman" the VAF as it is run under the present conditions will never be more than a moneypit. The Art Council conditions are that it is solely used for visual arts especially so called "modern art". Only by throwing off these requirements could it be made financially viable. Give a commercial exhibition company a free hand with the VAF and surrounding land and it could be a nice little earner for the town. . It is a pity Colchester Council will not talk about the VAF. The council refuses access to detailed visitor data, refuses public access to meetings with Firstsite and refuses to make public the damning staff reports. The “cultural quarter” has become a growing area of abandoned and derelict buildings. Even the TP night club owners have voted with their feet leaving the old police station to the mercies of the notorious Queen Street drunks and vandals.[/p][/quote]Andy, that’s why one of the councillors later asked Cllr Young if he can use his and the new managers influence with the Arts Council to try to amend the conditions that VAF currently has. There are 'Exhibitions' that have already been planned and booked and can not really be cancelled at the moment, but I do think they will be able to get this changed and then we will have a financially viable space. I was against it at the start but we have to live with it now and work to improve it. AngryManNewTown
  • Score: 0

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