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#VanishingCouncil

If we are not careful Gloucester City Council will vanish, the Liberal Democrats are warning.

After 14 years running the city council the Conservatives have overseen budget cuts, a decline in services and staff losses.

By the time of the next elections in 2020 the council will have sold its offices and be lodging at Shire Hall. Under the Tories this vanishing council has:

• Sold off its council housing stock. But 3,900 families are on its housing waiting list.

• Cut staff from 432 to 187. Projects councillors want done in wards are being delayed as there is not enough staff to do the work.

• Cut hours at the reception area at the Docks.

• Continues to support a contract with Amey who have missed bin collections and leave paths uncut.

• The Kings Quarter project has stalled. Now on plan B.

• Plans to sell the council offices at the Docks and move to Shire Hall.

Liberal Democrat group leader Jeremy Hilton said: "Gloucester City Council is becoming the 'vanishing council' under the stewardship of the Conservatives.

"They have been in charge since 2004 and staff cuts have been so severe that in future the council will be squatting on the top floor at Shire Hall rather than using the four warehouses at the Docks which it once did.

"Services are in decline and we have so few members of staff that important projects are being delayed or not done at all. The fiasco, which is the management of the streetcare contract is a fine example. The client side lacks decent management.

"The move to Shire Hall will also see our public advice reception area squeezed into two small shop units on Westgate Street. This is a sad day for a once vibrant local council.

"The historic city of Gloucester deserves better." #VanishingCouncil

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    Article: Apr 8, 2021

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    Article: Mar 11, 2021

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  • Article: Dec 16, 2020

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    Article: Sep 3, 2020

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  • Jeremy Hilton speaking at a rostrum
    Article: Aug 21, 2020
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    Article: Jul 30, 2020

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    Article: May 25, 2020

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