Don't miss your chance to shape the future of your community

14 December 2015

Residents are reminded to have their say about Cheshire West and Chester Council’s priorities for the next four years and how they should be funded against a challenging financial backdrop.

The authority launched the major public consultation titled Let’s Talk, which runs until Wednesday, 6 January 2016, to gather views on its plan and budget proposals for 2016 - 2020. 

There is less than a month left to get involved in the public consultation and give your views on the range of proposals it sets out, that will affect how the Council operates and how services are delivered in future, in the face of significant reductions to its budget.

Reductions in central Government funding mean that the authority must bridge a £47m financial gap over the next four years - a 17 percent cut to its net budget.

People are being asked for their views on a range of cost reduction options which could potentially save £35m.

Suggestions are also being invited as to how the Council could further raise its income or reduce its spending to find the remaining £12m.

Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, Councillor Samantha Dixon said: “As a Council we appreciate that the run-up to Christmas can be a busy time for everyone, but please do make time to give us your views as this is an important consultation that affects every resident of the borough and will really shape the future of West Cheshire.

 “We are determined to deliver the best possible services to improve the quality of life for all residents. We have to make difficult choices about what the Council protects, does differently, or even stops doing altogether during this consultation.

“We are coming to the end of the public consultation period for our residents to influence how we operate and deliver services for the next four years and ensure that our priorities are aligned with the priorities of those we are here to serve. 

“What is crucial is that every pound we spend improves the lives of residents, so it is vital that these decisions are shaped by our residents.” There are a number of ways people can get involved and have their say:
  • Visit: www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/letstalk for full details and to complete an online questionnaire, or pick up a paper copy at any Cheshire West and Chester library, Brio leisure centre or any Council office.
  • Use the online budget simulator via the above link to make decisions on priorities and suggest how the Council might allocate its budget
  • Join the conversation on social media - find the Council on Facebook or tweet @Go_Cheshirewest using the hashtag #letstalkcwac
  • Email: letstalk@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk
  • Telephone: 0300 123 8 123 or write to Let’s Talk, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Council Offices, 4 Civic Way, Ellesmere Port, CH65 0BE.
Final proposals will be considered at the Council’s annual budget setting meeting in February 2016.

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