Great Yarmouth Borough Council starts cash-saving consultation today - urging residents to have their say too

The view across the River Yare towards South Quay in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass The view across the River Yare towards South Quay in Great Yarmouth. Picture: James Bass

Monday, July 28, 2014
8:51 AM

Great Yarmouth Borough Council is to start a 12-week public consultation today to guide how the authority spends within its means in the face of a £4.7m funding gap.

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Over the next four financial years, Yarmouth’s income from Government is expected to continue to fall, resulting in an estimated total budget gap of £4.7m which represents 35pc of the council’s current annual budget of about £13.3m.

Just under £1.5m must be saved for 2015/16.

The council has said it will “do all it can to maximise opportunities to increase income, create savings and improve efficiency through ways that will not impact on services”. However, due to the financial pressures, there will “inevitably be increasingly difficult choices ahead” - suggesting cuts lie just around the corner.

The consultation on how to save money will start today and run until October 20.

You can take part in the consultation online here.

All residents are encouraged to take part. The consultation can be completed online at www.great-yarmouth.gov.uk/have-your-say, or by filling out a hard copy available at the Town Hall with a pre-paid envelope.

Council leader Trevor Wainwright (pictured) said: “This is a genuine consultation. The survey outlines ways the borough council could increase income, create savings and improve efficiency.”

BMG Research, an independent market research agency, will be analysing the survey on behalf of the borough council.

At a full council meeting last week, there was debate over the decision to pay the new interim chief executive a £995 plus VAT wage, an estimated £200,000 a year.

While one councillor branded the move “obscene”, senior councillors said it was ‘vital’ to employ the experienced Gordon Mitchell who had the skills to see the authority through this period of transformation.

Earlier this year, Brian Walker, cabinet member for resources, said the council’s financial situation was “dire”.

10 comments

  • This last point is very apt. GY needs to see itself in the greater context of what is happening in the rest of Norfolk. It's apparent that the huge sums being spent on Norwich should be seen as an opportunity for the town. First stop is to remove all parking charges near the town centre. Reduce business rates to a level which makes sense for the town centre. Appearance and planning should also be the key focus and we must get away from the concept that housing development is all about profit from social housing. The town needs a balance of good quality housing of various types, integrated into improving the look of the town. Road and rail improvements need to be pursued politically with much greater vigour, again we are in a situation where we are being excluded ever more from the Norwich development area.

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    Nick

    Tuesday, July 29, 2014

  • Well if the paper were right the other day about the new CEO being paid £900 a day,, which is a ridiculous amount to be paid reducing that some would be the first saving. Why also have councillors been given £2000 each ward budgets again, what a waste will we see it, doubt it!!!!!. Also dear GYBC wake up, show interest in your town and not yourselves and start talking to the right people to get interest back into Gt Yarmouth and make it GREAT again. If you did that, you would get more visitors and more money into the town. What's happened to the Edge, guess you put a stop to the Jones building that too.

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    alan trett

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • stop wasting money on unnecessary services. A couple of weeks ago I watched a guy walk down one side of my road wielding a leaf blower, he then walked back up the other side. What was the point? Although I live on an avenue we haven't had a tree for more than twenty years and, all they do is blow the rubbish to another part of the road pavement.

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    Yarco

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • stop wasting money on unnecessary services. A couple of weeks ago I watched a guy walk down one side of my road wielding a leaf blower, he then walked back up the other side. What was the point? Although I live on an avenue we haven't had a tree for more than twenty years and, all they do is blow the rubbish to another part of the road pavement.

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    Yarco

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Last week 'our' council hired a guy at well well above market rate. Hypocritically on the proviso he was going to save money. This week, we, the great unwashed are being asked for our money saving opinions. And even more hypocritically our council is paying a market research company to ask us!? You just couldn't make this stuff up. Now....I ask once again - did the Borough's UKIP councillors join the rest in backing the recruitment of a guy who will cost £200k PLUS VAT a year!?

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    DT

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Simple £200,000 saving straight away no chief executive!

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    Gaz

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Oh joy. The EDP has finally got the caption right. P.S. Sell all the council housing.

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    "V"

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • Here's something for our learned councillors to work out at their next meeting DOOR BOLTED CLOSE AFTER THE STABLE HORSE HAS As in this case is what has happened,all they seemed interested in was squeezing as much out of the local community as they could and any holiday makers who still venture down to Gt.Yarmouth for their annual fleecing. How come they have to bring in somebody as chief executive is that a reflection of the standard of the towns councillors that there is nobody capable of the position already elected,still it's easy to spend when it's not your own money.

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    easttercher

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I think those of us who live near Yarmouth have plenty of ideas how to save money but they would not be printable.We all know what is causing a drain on Yarmouth's council tax piggy bank and we all know that for years the whole area needed proactive council officials who could go out and see what needed doing in GY to make the town better to live in and work in. Instead they threw money at their mates in the tourist industry-where is the proof that money from that industry stays or comes back to the town?

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    Daisy Roots

    Monday, July 28, 2014

  • I put down my moneysaving ideas but gotr censored by the Archant rags. It obviously did not fit in with the EDP, or Mercury's way of thinking or the council 'leant' on them because the council did not want to hear or read about the savings. EDP. That what Wainwright looks like. The river and Town hall Have they now got a nwe name. The Wainwright river and Labour towers ? Yet another Rodgers muck up. Time you got rid of her.

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    "V"

    Monday, July 28, 2014

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