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Torbay Council agree £10million budget cuts

By GuyHenderson  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Riviera Centre

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TORBAY councillors passed their 2013/14 budget after a four-hour meeting on Wednesday evening.

Feelings ran high during the meeting at Oldway Mansion as members found ways to trim millions from services.

Faced with saving £10million from their budget as a result of cuts in Government grant, members had to balance the books on school transport, beach services and care of the elderly.

Conservative councillors quashed a series of amendments by Lib Dem and independent members as they held firm on the programme of budget cuts.

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Among the moves defeated were a number aimed at decreasing the amount of money spent on the Riviera Centre.

There were also lively debates on street wardens, Brixham's Shoalstone Pool and the future of Torquay's Riviera International Conference Centre.

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  • Ch1mp  |  February 20 2013, 10:50PM

    It is always sad to see Shoalstone Pool which encourages healthy outdoor activity getting so little support compared to the Riviera Centre, when it has already attracted so much support from the community.

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  • omnivore23  |  February 20 2013, 5:29PM

    Hey Edna! Are you fed up of all that pesky "thinking" and "typing" in your attempts to convert everyone to your cynical misanthropic anomie? Try this..... http://tinyurl.com/mn9tl No more thinking or typing - just hit "refresh" then cut and paste! The great thing is - I just tried it 5 times and each one was just as insightful and relevant, if not quite as amusing as the ones you thought up yourself. .......Thus giving you more time to look at ladies on the interweb or whatever is you do when you are not posting here.

  • EdnaFruitcake  |  February 16 2013, 8:32PM

    I strongly disagree robocop, there is nothing semi third world about Torquay. Torquay is full on third world, we use burning cars and vans to light our streets.

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  • robocop1982  |  February 16 2013, 6:02PM

    torbay council are rats

  • robocop1982  |  February 16 2013, 6:01PM

    the street lamps in our street are being turned off constantly early and we are being left bundling around in the dark. I don't see their logic. They would rather leave people in pitch dark than install cree xml leds 3w leds with advanced lenses which would be absolutely splended and use less power the sodium lamps combined but no they choose to leave streets pitch black. THis means that it will be impossible for people to spot crimes being commited and being able to see them occuring. FRankly this is semi 3rd world conditions.

  • Crueys  |  February 16 2013, 4:42PM


  • sunnyboy3  |  February 15 2013, 5:08PM

    While organizing a venue for the Bridge Groups AGM , I gathered quotes from four venues, the most expensive by over £400.00 was the RICC, this is for an event being held in February not peak season. All the other quotes were for venues which did not enjoy a large subsidy from the local taxpayer. Needless to say the RICC did not get our business.

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  • Torbaykid  |  February 15 2013, 1:39PM

    A Devon council is paying more than £2m a year in interest on loans for shelved projects, it has emerged thats not incompetence?

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  • kindredspirit  |  February 15 2013, 7:44AM

    They would save a hell of a lot more if they stopped giving out housing benefits to scummers who are too lazy to get a job. Oh i need a crisis loan, oh i need my methadone, oh i need a new chavy tracksuit...

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  • mrtappers  |  February 14 2013, 1:09PM

    How much was the Budget for shoalstone pool ? and how much is wasted on a bloody mayor the council does not need ?

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