Northampton

Labour group in petition against council cuts

Cuts to police community support officer numbers, CCTV coverage and street lighting put people at risk, Northampton's Labour group has claimed.

Labour councillors have launched a campaign targeted at cuts made by borough and county councils.

The Labour group launched a petition against the cuts earlier and councillor Terry Wire said he believed most of the public agreed.

The Conservatives said cuts were needed amid tough economic conditions.

Public feeling

Mr Wire said: "We have had so many complaints from the elderly.

"I understand that savings have to be made, but we have come up with alternatives.

"The general public have said they want more visible policing."

Councillor Lee Mason, leader of Northampton Labour Group, added: "We have launched this petition to try and get the Tories to listen to public concerns about cuts to public safety services.

"The reduction in street lights was bad enough but now with proposed cuts to CCTV and PCSOs the situation is even worse.

"Make no mistake, Northampton Labour was opposed to cuts to street lights and now we are going to fight hard the proposed cuts to PCSOs and CCTV.

"The Tories must listen to this for all our sakes."

The petition was launched after Northampton Borough Council endorsed a list of cost-saving measures which include withdrawing £100,000 from funding for PCSOs.

The proposed cuts will now go out for public consultation.

However the leader of the Conservative-led borough council, David Mackintosh, said that spending had to be reviewed due to tough economic conditions.

"It's a very difficult time for us," he said.

"We have got huge economic difficulties that we face."

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