THE coalition government has treated Wirral council tax payers appallingly. In leafy Tory areas, as in Dorset, cutting the government grant has been minimal.
Not so in the Wirral. To an original £100m cut, the coalition has now added further cuts of £21m.
The results of these coalition-imposed cuts are and will be felt severely in Birkenhead. To meet the government-imposed target, our council is now being forced to make new cuts.
All services are up for review, including our Williamson art gallery. Here is a challenge.
We can lie back and take every cut the government imposes on us. Alternatively, we can act smart, and see whether we can run the existing services better at lower costs.
Let's take the Williamson as a prime example. We have very strong community groups in the Oxton area. Can we come up together with a draft plan to run the Williamson another way?
I'm writing to the Oxton societies to see when we can hold a public meeting to discuss this very idea. What ideas do we have in Birkenhead for the future of our art gallery?
What core services would we continue to need from the council and what could we provide ourselves? Moreover, what other activities could we run from the Williamson?
Can the community, with help, run an even more exciting art gallery?
What other activities can we stage there? What plans could we have, lending out the huge number of pictures that lie in the basement? Watch this space.