Norfolk Conservatives force county U-turn on closures

Proposals to close fire stations and cut vital services, including libraries and recycling centres, have been withdrawn today following Conservative pressure.

Conservative councillors at county hall led calls for the budget proposals to be shelved at last week's committee meetings. Group leader Cliff Jordan then entered negotiations with Norfolk County Council's leader and deputy leader, to produce a joint budget, and secured the much called-for U-turn on a string of service cuts.

With the proposals now due to be debated by the P&R Committee next week, and then by all councillors on 22nd February, there is every chance that the cuts will be shelved.

Talking about the budget proposals, Conservative Group leader, Cliff Jordan, said:

"We are determined to restore the front-line services that were seriously under threat.

"We set out our stall last week, ensuring that the committees would make recommendations to avoid these damaging cuts.

"I wanted a negotiated budget as I believe it is right to put differences aside to ensure the best for the people of Norfolk.  I'm delighted that the outcome of the negotiations completely vindicates not just our efforts, but, more importantly, people across our county who have campaigned long and hard for these services to be protected."