Oct 3 2012 By Robert Mitchell
Civic Centre, Motherwell
Every household in Wishaw will get a booklet through their door from council chiefs regarding the £73million that needs to be cut from services over the next three years.
The public are being asked to get involved in the consultation and spell out their ideas for savings along with their views on the options.
North Lanarkshire Council’s chief executive Gavin Whitefield has presented potential savings of up to £105m, and from that £73m needs to be trimmed between April 2013 and March 2016.
The local authority’s head of corporate communications Stephen Penman said: “The scale of savings we are facing makes it vital we consult with our residents. We are working to reach as many people as possible within a very short timescale.
“The consultation will run through the whole of October with the results, comments and suggestions being collated during November. These will then form part of a report to council in December, when the options will be considered by councillors.
“I cannot stress enough how important this is in helping form decisions about how we will deliver services throughout North Lanarkshire in years to come. I would urge everyone to visit the website or read the information in the booklet.”
In addition to the 20-page booklet, a consultation section has been set up within the council web site at www.
wayahead detailing the 281 savings options.
Residents will also be able to make their views known in a series of face-to-face sessions in all of main town centres, beginning in mid-October. They will be able to respond to an electronic questionnaire, call a dedicated phone line (01698 403150) or return a hard copy.