South Yorkshire services take a hit in council budget cuts

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A South Yorkshire council is to make £750,000 cuts next year in a ‘reshape’ of its Environmental Services department – which will hit services.

Barnsley Council is to make the move, as part of budget cuts estimated at £18.1million.

Savings include a short-term reduction in road maintenance spending and moving to a ‘planned cycle’ of litter picking instead of reacting to complaints when bins are full.

The council is also proposing changes to bin collections.

Refuse and recycling collection rounds will be redesigned, cardboard and green waste will be collected separately, and there may be a change to collections in rural areas – but the changes are still subject to consultation.

Coun Roy Miller, Barnsley Council’s environment spokesman, said: “We’ve got some tough decisions to make across the council, and this is one of them.

“With drastically reducing budgets, we’re changing the way we do things, and in some cases, that means reducing or stopping services that we’ve all been used to.

“We’re doing everything we can to minimise the impact on local people. We’ve considered all options and talked to local people about these changes.”

Other savings involve a reduction in grass cutting by not mowing banks or other areas where short grass isn’t essential.

All public toilets except those in Barnsley town centre will be closed.

And there will be a reduction in play area maintenance – although sites will still be inspected to make sure they are safe.

The council added that it will not be possible for the council to repair or replace play equipment in coming years, so emphasis will be on local communities to look after their local equipment.