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Triple whammy of cutbacks proposed From Durham Times

THE North-East’s biggest council yesterday pressed ahead with plans for a triple whammy of service cutbacks.Durham County Council, which is facing £125m of cuts over four years, axed weekly bin collections, launched a consultation on closing six leisure centres and unveiled plans to cut free bus travel for elderly and disabled people.Rubbish and recycling bins will be emptied fortnightly on alternate weeks, probably from April next year, saving nearly £1m a year.A three-month consultation will be held on closing leisure centres in Sherburn, Ushaw Moor, Coxhoe, Crook, Ferryhill and Pity Me, with decisions expected this summer.Shutting all six would save £1.1m a year.

Coun John Wilkinson, who represents Deerness Valley, said closing Deerness leisure centre, in Ushaw Moor, could mean the end of Deerness Gymnastics Club, which uses the facility and has produced several national champions.

Proposals to charge elderly and disabled people 50p for local bus travel before 9.30am Monday to Friday from next month, which would save £500,000 a year, will be debated on Wednesday.

via Triple whammy of cutbacks proposed From Durham Times.

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