We have listened

24 JAN 2014

‘We have listened’: Swansea’s ruling Labour group alters proposals on care homes, parking charges and school crossing patrols

From: South Wales Evening Post; Saturday January 24, 2014

CITY leaders in Swansea insist they have listened to the public after rowing back on a number of controversial budget proposals.

From care homes to car parking, libraries to lollipop men and women, Swansea’s Labour administration has gone back to the drawing board.

And it said this was ample proof that its public consultation on the budget proposals, which ended on Wednesday, was no sham.

“People accused us about not being serious about the consultation,” said councillor Rob Stewart, cabinet member for finance.

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“But this demonstrates that we are serious, and that we do listen and change our position.

”The Labour administration will publish its revised budget proposals shortly.

They will be debated by full council at an earlier than planned meeting on February 11.

Mr Stewart said the revised proposals were:

– A commitment not to close any residential care homes before April 2015.

– Giving Pennard library campaigners a further eight months to look at different ways of funding the service, plus a commitment to review library services throughout Swansea to match provision better with demand.
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The City & County of Swansea have provided a website where anyone can search for a Councillor (and their contact details) by name, electoral division, political group or committee membership. However, if you are unsure who your Councillor is you can use the ‘Write to Them’ website to find out, please use this link for more details.

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For the purposes of this blog-post, the Councillors who have been involved in a Positive or Detrimental way concerning the future of Pennard Library, are as follows:

Councillor David Phillips, Labour; Castle Ward; Leader of the Council;

Councillor Nicholas Bradley; Labour, Townhill Ward;
Cabinet Portfolio = Regeneration

Councillor Rob Stewart, Labour, Morriston Ward;
Cabinet Portfolio = Finance & Resources

Councillor June Burtonshaw; Labour, Penderry Ward;
Cabinet Portfolio = Place

Councillor Peter Black BA, AM; Liberal, Cwmbwrla Ward;

Councillor Lynda James BA (Hons) MSc; Independent, Pennard Ward;

Councillor Keith Marsh, Independent, Bishopston Ward;