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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 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:
  • 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.
  • 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.