Sybil is the County Councillor for Worksop North. She currently serves as the Vice-Chair of the Planning and Licensing Committee, and she also sits on the Rights of Way Committee and the Education Standing Committee.
At the Nottinghamshire County Council Budget Meeting on 24th February 2011 I joined my Labour colleagues in voting against the Budget proposals.
While we welcomed the extra spending being made by the County Council on child protection and services for vulnerable adults, we did not agree with the proposals to reduce funding to other areas such as the Libraries service, Supporting People programme and grant aid to voluntary groups.
We asked the majority group to consider a more detailed consultation with the public and partner organisations in order to allow a longer term approach to making efficiencies, with a view to many possibly not being needed as the economic situation improved.
However, our proposals were not accepted, and the Budget was eventually passed with a majority of five votes.
27th October 2010
"At the Council Meeting on 21st October, along with my colleagues in the Labour group, I voted against the proposals being made by the County Council to make spending cuts of £150m over the next four years.
The Labour group made it completely clear that we welcome the extra spending in Children’s and Adult’s services but we also stated that we felt it inappropriate to withdraw funding from other vital areas such as Surestart and Supporting People, and that the Council was moving too fast with its cuts and not taking full cognisance of the impact on the most vulnerable.
The Labour group presented a longer-term alternative which would’ve seen the £50m from reserves currently earmarked for redundancies instead being reinvested into vital services, and enabling the County Council to retain skilled staff who wished to remain, while allowing others to leave through natural staff turnover.
We believe that our longer-term approach would minimise the impact on external partners, minimise the need for redundancy payments, retain valuable staff and achieve the necessary financial goals.
Our proposals were, however, dismissed, and the administration instead voted to implement their original plans to make immediate service cuts."
Councillor's Divisional Fund
The Electoral Division Initiative that we introduced a few years ago is now called the Councillor's Divisional Fund. However, the principle remains the same:
Each councillor receives £10,000 to help fund local organisations, causes, individuals and schemes, who would not normally have access to financial support for their smaller projects.
Please contact Sybil if you would like to apply for some CDF funding. Here are just a few examples of the useful funding which was provided by Sybil in 2009/2010: