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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 and Rebecca Trimnell
    Article: Sep 3, 2020

    A petition has been launched against plans to rob Gloucester of its own council and replace it with a huge unitary authority.

    The petition is being launched by the Liberal Democrats this Saturday on what is Gloucester Day - an annual event celebrating the end of the siege of the city by soldiers loyal to King Charles I in 1643.

  • Jeremy Hilton speaking at a rostrum
    Article: Aug 21, 2020
    Tory leaders at Shire Hall are being quizzed on their performance by a senior Liberal Democrat councillor.
    Councillor Jeremy Hilton, who represents Kingsholm and Wotton, has tabled a dozen challenging questions to Conservative cabinet members for its full council meeting on September 9.
    He has asked questions about care home admissions, the performance of children's services, gulley cleaning, new cycling projects, the future of local government in Gloucestershire and the financial health of the county council.
  • Article: Aug 5, 2020

    One of the few advantages of the lockdown was the huge reduction in the number of vehicles on the road giving Gloucestershire Highways opportunities to work on resurfacing some roads.

    David Brown said: "I received many complaints from motorists extremely concerned about the size of the potholes on long sections of Corinium Avenue.

  • Jeremy Hilton and Declan Wilson prepare budget amendments 2020
    Article: Jul 30, 2020

    Two thousand years of history should be protected if the Government pushes ahead with plans to reorganise local government in Gloucester, according to the Liberal Democrats.

    The Government is expected to publish a White Paper on scrapping the two tier system of local government in Gloucestershire in September.

  • Jeremy Hilton and Declan Wilson prepare budget amendments 2020
    Article: May 25, 2020

    The Liberal Democrats have launched a plan to help Gloucester recover from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and lockdown.

    The six-point plan covers economic recovery, housing, supporting communities, the environment, culture and rebuilding council services.

    The Liberal Democrats will be urging the city council to introduce this plan as soon as possible.

  • Jeremy Hilton and Declan Wilson prepare budget amendments 2020
    Article: Feb 25, 2020

    On Thursday, at the budget setting meeting, Liberal Democrats on Gloucester City Council will propose a suite of six budget amendments to the value of £356,000. There will be no additional cost to the taxpayer.

    The six projects being proposed will help support communities in Gloucester and improve the city's cultural offer.

  • Quedgeley dog poo bin
    Article: Jan 28, 2020

    A dog waste bin in Quedgeley has deteriorated to the point where its contents have begun to spill out onto the path causing a public health hazard.

    Quedgeley Liberal Democrat campaigner Liam Harries first reported the bin to the council in autumn 2019 when the bin had begun to deteriorate and was dropping sharp metal fragments on the path.

  • The Lib Dem Marketing Gloucester motion
    Article: Jan 26, 2020
    Councillors are demanding that the former leader of Gloucester City Council apologise for the Marketing Gloucester debacle.
    The Liberal Democrats have tabled a motion to the city council calling on Councillor Paul James to apologise after the arms length organisation was bailed out to the tune of £240,000.
  • Rebecca Trimnell and the fly tipped rubbish
    Article: Jan 23, 2020
    Liberal Democrat campaigners in Westgate ward have uncovered Gloucester's hidden rubbish dump.They are demanding that the city council takes appropriate action clear it up and stop further dumping. Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service has been made aware.
    Westgate ward team member and city council candidate, Rebecca Trimnell said:
  • Lib Dems and the Amey household recycling mess
    Article: Jan 2, 2020

    Changes introduced to household recycling just two weeks before Christmas has caused disruption across Gloucester.

    There have been reports of missed collections and recycling left strewn all over the place by the city council's waste contractor Amey.

    If recycling has not been sorted properly following the introduction of the new rules then it is not being collected at all.