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Consultation - Balancing West Berkshire Council's Budget

As you are probably aware, West Berkshire Council, along with many other local authorities, is facing unprecedented financial pressures due to a number of national and global factors which has left a significant funding gap in next year’s budget.  In order to address this budget gap, savings are needed which could affect a number of front-line services, some of which sit within the Council’s Environment Department. 

West Berkshire Council is currently consulting on a range of savings proposals, but before any decision is taken, they would like your views.  The savings currently being consulted on are detailed below.

  • Close or find an alternative provider to run Willows Edge Care Home
  • Reduce opening hours at Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRC)
  • Reduce contributions to community transport
  • Reduce weed spraying treatment
  • Reduce frequency of parks, open spaces and verge maintenance
  • Restructure Adult Social Care care-home charges
  • Reduce funding for gully emptying and bridge maintenance
  • Restructure funding for Adult Social Care transport services
  • Reduce litter bins and dog waste bins*
  • Restructure parking fees and charges

*please note that Stratfield Mortimer Parish Council has its own contractor for emptying dog waste bins within the village.

Further information and the online consultation is available at https://westberks.gov.uk/balancing-our-budget (opens in new window)

The deadline on this consultation is midnight on Thursday 11 January 2024.