Councillor pledges balanced policy

MONTROSE councillor Mark Salmond, who is Angus Council’s finance spokesman, says that despite a challenging financial outlook, the council is planning ahead to make responsible decisions to protect services.

The authority has to save £26 million over the next four years. But Mr Salmond said: “There is a range of options available to us as we seek to achieve these savings – it’s not all about direct cuts to budgets. We will need to be rigorous in our drive to reduce costs, to redesign services and to reduce demand for services where we can. We have strong reserves, low debt and are very good at collecting money we are owed.”

Councillor Salmond emphasised that Angus Council has a record of prudent and effective financial management, and of taking difficult long-term budget decisions when they need to be taken.

“We mustn’t let the scale of the savings required deflect us from making best use of the significant resources we still have to spend, and ensuring that we continue to deliver first class and cost effective services.”

“We must continue to make capital investment in the council’s assets and fund key investment options that provide good returns. For example, the recent £500,000 investment in the Arbroath West Links will improve local facilities and boost the tourism economy.”