Programme makes sense

YOUR correspondents, John and Fran Pritchett, give an inaccurate picture of the changes that we have made in recent years at Wealden District Council.

The Transformation Programme is being delivered and will save more than £3 million each year to Wealden council taxpayers.

Service delivery will be enhanced, not reduced, as stated by your correspondent. The proposed waste collection and street cleaning contract will bring together four councils – Hastings, Rother, Eastbourne and Wealden.

It will widen the range of recycled goods collected at the Wealden kerb side at less cost. Wealden is also sharing services with neighbouring authorities to deliver among others building control, audit and shortly environmental health.

Councils working together to deliver quality services should be praised not criticised.

The combining of the previous two offices into one at Hailsham has been delivered on time and on budget and will save the council more than £350,000 a year.

Wealden Council is not ‘offloading’ services to towns and parishes and continues to provide quality services either directly or in partnership with neighbouring authorities and the private sector whichever is appropriate.

For your correspondent to say we are shedding all our direct services is wholly inaccurate.

Bob Standley,

Leader of Wealden Council