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Democracy denied over 2018 budget

February 23, 2018 4:14 PM

Money / banknotes (pounds sterling) in handAt the 2018 budget meeting of South Hams District Council, the controlling Conservative group

  • Voted to increase Council Tax
  • Voted to increase car parking charges
  • Voted to close public toilets
  • Refused to debate the option of increasing council tax on second homes
  • Dismissed all Lib Dem amendments, rejecting them with no debate.

With these actions, the Conservatives rejected an opportunity to support local businesses within our market towns, and the building of genuinely affordable houses for local working families. "It is outrageous, arrogant and frankly insulting, that without exception the Conservative councillors sat on their hands and decided not to engage in any discussion," said Liberal Democrat group leader Keith Baldry. Councillor Julian Brazil said: "It's another example of South Hams Conservative councillors treating local residents with contempt. When they consulted on the proposed merger with West Devon, over 85% said no - but they ignored local people and voted for the merger anyway."