Vital front-line services saved

Fire stations and recycling centres have been saved from closure following a vote this morning in support for Conservative budget demands.

Conservatives at Norfolk County Council had demanded that the proposed cuts to the fire service and recycling centres, as well as to libraries, road maintenance, museums and a raft of front-line services, be removed from the budget recommendations.

With Conservative Group leader, Cliff Jordan, taking these demands into a series of negotiations with the council leader and deputy leader, they were included in the final budget proposals debated today.

After a three-hour meeting, councillors voted overwhelmingly to support the proposals, saving this vital services from closure.

Speaking after the services had been saved from closure, Conservative Group leader, Cliff Jordan, said:

"It is great news that we have secured the future of these vital services, and restored the front-line.

"We set out our stall very clearly, strongly supporting the views of people across Norfolk, who have made clear their opposition to these cuts.  It was vital that we, as Conservatives, listened to them, and made sure their voice was heard at the council.

"We negotiated the budget this year with the alliance, as we felt enough was enough, and it was important to put politics to one side and protect the front-line services.  But there is so much more that needs to be done, and I am determined that the impact of any changes on vulnerable people, and those with disabilities, are fully understood when these budgets are prepared."