Somerset County Council have today announced that they have sacked seventeen gritter drivers and sold their road gritters, in spite of thousands of Somerset residents signing petitions calling for cuts to gritting services to be reduced.
The Conservative run County Council has made around £45 million in cuts to services over two years and sold £90 million worth of Council Tax payers assets, while recently announcing that it will be spending almost £10 million to upgrade their offices in Taunton.
Leader of the Liberal Democrat group in County, Jane Lock, said on this “The Conservatives running the County Council are clearly out of touch with the real world. We all experienced the problems in recent weeks with just a brief cold snap”
“Rather than taking the opportunity to hold their hands up, say they had got it wrong, Somerset Conservatives are Instead pushing ahead and making the problem worse by sacking 17 hard working drivers”.
Mick Clark, the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Yeovil said “This Council refused to raise council tax for almost a decade, then complained it now hasn’t got the funds to deliver essential services. If these were company directors, they would be struck off and banned from running future businesses”
“After cuts to every aspect of county services, the only thing this Conservative run Council has achieved is to clearly demonstrate they have no gritters, no drivers and no clue about delivering services responsibly”