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MINSTERWORTH PARISH COUNCIL

COUNTY COUNCILLORS REPORT

I will shortly complete my term as your County Councillor and must start with my most grateful thanks to your Parish Council and the residents of Minsterworth. During this time I have sought to deliver on the commitments made by the Administration at Shire Hall. We have maintained our pledge to keep Council Tax low without impacting on frontline services, this we have achieved despite the major impact of the 2007 floods.

This year, our precept rose by 2.9% one of the lowest in the Country and the lowest ever set in Gloucestershire. We have saved over £40 million in the costs of running the County Council and yet funded 63 more Police Officers. We have also spent 25% more on road maintenance than our predecessors and our Education performance is in the top 15% in the Country.

This is a tough Budget but given the National climate it would have been unreasonable and unacceptable to have asked taxpayers for any more. Gloucestershire is still under funded when compared with other Shire Authorities through Government Grant.

Locally, I have supported the Parish Council in its aspirations and continue to deliver on those issues that are priorities; I also would wish to thank those involved in the A48 group who share the common goals.

We still face challenges around Highway safety and the constant concern around future flooding, I continue to work with others including our Member of Parliament, my fellow Borough Councillor and the Lower Severn Drainage Board

I am grateful to have had the privilege of serving Minsterworth as your County Councillor.

Philip Awford

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