Grantham Journal column: ‘We tried to protect fire services, libraries and community fund,’ says Labour councillor Charmaine Morgan

Labour councillor Charmaine Morgan.
Labour councillor Charmaine Morgan.
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At Lincolnshire County Council’s budget meeting on Friday the Labour Group submitted amendments that aimed to protect our fire and rescue service budget, our library network and very important community fund.

We identified some key highways and pedestrian safety projects including the much needed pedestrian facilities at the McDonalds junction in Grantham.

The LCC Labour group also called for a review of the conditions of sub-contracted domicillary care workers, receiving less than a minimum wage. It was clear that there has been little monitoring by LCC of the workers acting on our behalf.

The argument put forward that LCC could not manage the conditions relating to sub-contracted work is cause for great concern, especially when we consider how many services LCC has sub contracted, or plans to sub-contract – and the vulnerable residents affected. It was not only revealed that over 70 suppliers provide care to our elderly residents but also a number of the Conservative councillors, including the leader Martin Hill, do not believe people should receive a living wage for their work. Regrettably, but predictably, the county Conservative members voted against all our proposals.

A further opportunity came to call for improvements to the McDonalds junction at the Grantham pedestrian and cycleway strategy meeting organised by LCC highways officers on February 25.

All comments regarding improvements can be submitted at present to the LCC highways team through 01522 552222 or by emailing lcchighwayswest@lincolnshire.gov.uk

Next week our Labour Group is proposing changes that reflect the views and concerns of many local people. We will support those affected by the loss of community funds and those affected by the implementation of the unfair ‘bedroom tax’.

To help ‘grow our economy’ and support business communities we are calling for a viability study to identify the benefits of two-hour free town centre parking on Saturdays in Grantham and Stamford on market days.

We also propose to explore the viability of a new business waste collection scheme across the district which could help raise money for the council whilst supporting our businesses. this could involve working in partnership with existing contractors.

We believe it vital the Conservatives make available the maximum funds available for much-needed social housing. A new scheme to help communities blighted by persistent fly-tipping is also needed.

We can only hope this time the Conservatives will listen to us.