Letters page - Children’s aspirations at risk

Bo'ness Fair Queen elect and some of her retinue. Page boy Jake Thompson 5, Chief Lady in waiting Leonie Temperley 11, Queen elect Ellie Sneddon 11, Champion Jonathan Waugh 10 and page boy David Holleran 5.
Bo'ness Fair Queen elect and some of her retinue. Page boy Jake Thompson 5, Chief Lady in waiting Leonie Temperley 11, Queen elect Ellie Sneddon 11, Champion Jonathan Waugh 10 and page boy David Holleran 5.

Have Falkirk Council’s budget cuts gone too far?

Well it also appears that Falkirk Council is about to close just about every other regular service that it provides to the town, with the exception of refuse collection, although I am informed that the green and brown bins shall only be uplifted every four weeks now.

Under this Tory/Labour led council, our town has suffered; closure of the registrar office, proposed closing of the town toilets, community education centre, the express bus service to Edinburgh that many rely on to get to work and educational placements shall now have to revert to the costlier option of getting to Linlithgow to board the already packed train, in order to reach their place of employment/education.

Our town’s sacred Children’s Fair Festival is not escaping the desertion of the council. It is also being hit hard with a £5,000 cut to its council grant.

This is on top of our Fair not having received any increase in funding for a very considerable time. Add to this the rising cost of inflation and funding for the Fair has been decimated.

There have also been additional costs borne by the Fair funds that were previously financed by the council - stands, staging and flowers etc.

Unfortunately, I fear that this may lead to changes to our festal day. This is despite the Lord Wheatley Report, when local government was reorganised, stating that the new councils had a responsibility in maintaining historical community activities.

I recently asked a town councillor from Grangemouth which council services were being cut, while listing the cuts that we have suffered by Bo’ness under her administration.

This was met by a deathly silence, which speaks volumes. Why does Bo’ness apparently suffer from such inequalities? Perhaps Councillor Mahoney who sits on the administration can answer this? – Yours etc.,

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