Photo: Protests to save Sefton services fall on deaf ears

Millions of pounds of cuts to Sefton Council’s budget were passed at Bootle town Hall as they slash Sefton services.

Sefton Council’s Labour leader, Peter Dowd Said:

“Cutts include 188 jobs losses, we will increase car parking pay and display charges, day centres being closed and play equipment not being replaced in parks.

Botanic Gardens in Southport which has drawn support from campaigners desperate to save the staff members and the nursery are set to be jobless”.

The management of the aviary and fernery of the Churchtown Heritage site will also now be contracted out.

Southport Lib Dem councillor Tony Dawson said after the meeting:

“This was a budget pushed through by an occupying force which does not care the very least about Southport. The Lib Dem amendment to save the jobs at the Botanic and improve the parking system and retain the level of provision in the Atkinson Centre was fully costed and achievable by cutting out waste at the top of the Council.
The bottom line is that Labour’s first, second and third priorities was putting cash in their own councillors’ pockets. All other issues were secondary to that so they voted these ideas down”

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