Tory crime reduction cuts condemned

Contributed by editor on Aug 24, 2004 - 01:17 PM

Shepway Council's Liberal Democrat group have condemned the decision of the Conservative ruling group to approve a cut of £30,000 from the budget to be spent by the Council this year o­n fighting crime and anti-social behaviour.

<FONT color=black>Group Leader Councillor David Dickinson said, "The Conservatives could have avoided making this cut, but have instead decided to spend money o­n other things. A Council that is listening to the views of local people would have known straight away that dealing with antisocial behaviour is at the top of the Shepway community's priority list."

<FONT color=black>The council plans to divert resources from crime reduction to plan a project to upgrade closed circuit television equipment.

<FONT color=black>The Lib Dem group says it strongly supports the CCTV upgrade but believes it is wrong to use people involved in the fight against anti-social behaviour to plan it.