Perth and Kinross Council will meet on Thursday to decide on the budget proposals for 2018/2019.

These proposals if agreed upon would have a significant effect on residents in the Council area. Some of the proposals include the following.

The removal of all school crossing patrols has been proposed.  A report to Councillors states “It is the parents’ responsibility to get their children to and from school and Council staff will continue to work with parents in respect of safe school travel planning.”

Also, on the Education side, a reduction in teachers and support staff have been proposed, with head teachers and deputy head teachers time targeted to take up the slack.

Parking charges are set to increase by 10% for both on and off-street parking.

Seven out of a total nine Recycling Centres are earmarked for closure to be replaced by a recycling point. Auchterarder, Kinross, Blairgowrie, Crieff, Pitlochry, Aberfeldy and Bankfoot are all earmarked for closure. This would mean that the closest recycling centres for bulky waste would be at Inveralmond and Friarton in Perth.

All attended public toilets in the Councill area have been proposed for closure with the suggestion of offering comfort schemes as an alternative.

Path treatment is to be removed outwith normal working hours.  This will impact on children walking to school, local residents walking to work and local businesses.  The Council proposes to use local volunteers to fill in the gaps.  The report suggesting “To offset this reduction in Service, consideration can be given to recruiting self-help in the community to treat footways, with plant supplied by the Council.”

Grounds maintenance is to be removed during peak Summer period for tasks such as watering plants, cutting vegetation on rights of way and Summer bedding planting.

These are only some of the cuts proposed in the forthcoming budget however they will make a big difference to our communities if they are approved.