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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

  • Jeremy Hilton at the Wellington Parade garden
    Article: Mar 12, 2019
    Ground work to improve Wellington Parade Garden on London Road has been delayed.
    The city council had planned to start construction this month and follow on with the planting of shrubs and plants in April.
    But Lib Dem councillors Jeremy Hilton and Isabel Brazil have been told that tenders haven't even been issued for the work. Tenders have been delayed by the city council's legal services team, One Legal.
  • Jeremy Hilton & Declan Wilson
    Article: Feb 18, 2019

    The Liberal Democrats have announced a package of proposals aimed at reversing the decline of Gloucester City Council under the Conservatives.

    The Lib Dems will put forward amendments worth £560,000 to the council's 2019/20 budget, which will be discussed by councillors on February 28.

    The budget will be proposed by the Conservative administration, but Lib Dem councillors will attempt to amend it with a plan to rebuild the capacity of the council to deliver better services.

  • Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Feb 7, 2019

    Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond has been urged to stop a no deal Brexit and back a People's Vote during a visit to Gloucester.

    Mr Hammond officially opened the new University of Gloucestershire's Business School and Growth Hub building at the Oxstalls Campus in Longlevens.

    Dr Rebecca Trimnell, Lib Dem Parliamentary spokeswoman for Gloucester, said: "I am very pleased Mr Hammond visited Gloucester.

  • Jeremy Hilton and Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Jan 30, 2019

    Gloucester is one of the cities hardest hit by cuts to local government funding, a report says.

    Think tank Centre for Cities said Gloucester saw a 23% cut in its day-to-day spending in 2017-18 compared to 2009-10.

    The city is in eighth spot in the top 10 of hardest hit areas according to the report.

    Liverpool and Barnsley worst hit by cuts to local government budgets, and were followed by Doncaster, Wakefield, Blackburn, Newcastle, Stoke on Trent, Gloucester, Glasgow and Slough.

  • Jeremy, Declan and Rebecca at bus station
    Article: Nov 9, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats are developing a set of radical policies to reverse the Conservatives' Vanishing Council and kick-start the regeneration of Gloucester.

    Underpinning this will be the pledge to relocate the city council offices from the Docks to the King's Quarter.

    They also want to see a new civil justice centre built there as part of the project.

  • Jeremy Hilton - recycling boxes
    Article: Sep 5, 2018
    Liberal Democrat councillors have questioned Gloucestershire County Council's decision to close its household recycling centres one day a week.
    The Conservative-run county council has announced from the end of October changes to the opening hours of the five household recycling centres it owns.
    These are Fosse Cross near Cirencester, Hempsted in Gloucester, Wingmoor Farm at Bishops Cleeve, Pyke Quarry near Horsley and Oak Quarry near Coleford. They currently open at 9am and close at 6.15pm 12 months a year.
  • Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Aug 31, 2018

    The Liberal Democrats have published a comprehensive blueprint for replacing the broken business rates system, cutting taxes for businesses by 20% in Gloucester.

    Dr Rebecca Trimnell, the Lib Dem Parliamentary spokeswoman for Gloucester, said the plans would boost local investment and ensure businesses in the city thrive.

  • Jeremy Hilton & Declan Wilson outside the proposed much smaller public advice reception on Westgate Street
    Article: Jul 25, 2018

    Gloucester City Council should suspend its planned move of its offices to Shire Hall, say the Lib Dems. The current plan is for the city council to be based on the fifth floor at Shire Hall from 1st April 2019. Shire Hall is the headquarters of the county council.

    The Liberal Democrat group says the business planning behind the project is ill thought out and the office accommodation will be temporary, too small and the financial savings unsound.

  • Jeremy Hilton - recycling boxes
    Article: Jul 19, 2018

    Discussions about the failing Amey streetcare contract must be held in open session with the press and public present says Liberal Democrat group leader, Cllr. Jeremy Hilton.

    On Monday 23rd of July, the Audit and Governance Committee of Gloucester City Council will receive a report (agenda item 16) about the failing streetcare contract that it has with Amey PLC.

  • Article: Jul 6, 2018

    Gloucester City Council's move to Shire Hall has been described as another example of the 'vanishing council'.

    Staff will share premises with the county council while the customer service centre will move to two former shops opposite Shire Hall on Westgate Street.

    The Conservative-run city council says the move is intended to make savings, share resources, facilitate stronger joint working between the two authorities and make better use of the city council's own assets.