They've racked up spending of £100m

THERE have been a few strange letters recently praising the efficiency of the Conservative-run council, especially after the so-called 'low' council tax rise. I think a few facts are

THERE have been a few strange letters recently praising the efficiency of the Conservative-run council, especially after the so-called 'low' council tax rise.I think a few facts are called for.Every week since they won power in May last year, the Conservatives have spent nearly £2.5 million of our money. They've racked up spending of over £100 million so far, and that is excluding the millions they've spent on so-called one-off schemes and pet projects.From April they want to spend more than ever - nearly £8million extra. Council tax will rise to over £1,300 for the average taxpayer, a record high. And the Tories on the town council have pushed their share up by 49 per cent.All of this may be justified and well spent, though I doubt it. What I cannot fathom is why the potholes are still there, why the Tropicana is still shut and why the town centre looks so shabby when they are spending so much money.It's all about choices, of course. They choose to pay their own staff £1million in compensation for taking away their parking spaces. They choose not to provide a community centre for Locking Castle, or to sort out junction 21.They choose to pay their executive cabinet half a million pounds in allowances, whilst a review no doubt aims for even more. They choose to put up the cost of meals-on-wheels. They choose to cut sports funding and they choose to cut support for community groups.Choice is a good thing - but it needs to be the right choice!P EVANS - Milton Hill, Worlebury


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