On Monday 28th November the Council passed the budget unanimously without increasing the Commercial Rates as was originally recommended. A number of adjustments were made to some figures in light of better estimates.
The Budget also includes 2 extra staff for Greystones as a result of a review of driver numbers. I analysed the figures and complained for years that there weren’t enough staff to cope with the rapid growth in Greystones and last year voted against the budget. The street cleaning machine has remained in the depot as there wasn’t anyone to drive it. The Chief Executive has committed to ensuring it is used and it has now been sent for maintenance. Numbers of other categories of staff will be reviewed next year.
I feel this is progress finally.