How do you think the Isle of Wight Council should go about trying to save £5.5 million?

Today (Wednesday), signals your last chance to have a say on the local authority’s 2019/2020 budget proposals.

As reported by Isle of Wight Radio, the Council’s cost-cutting ideas include introducing new parking charges and a council tax hike.

Ahead of the budget being finalised, Isle of Wight residents are being invited to put their suggestions forward.

The Isle of Wight’s Cabinet Member for Resources, Councillor Stuart Hutchinson said:

“We’re very mindful that we have to make some tough decisions.

“That’s why we’ve published our budget proposals four months in advance of the deadline, to give people every opportunity to have a say.

“We need to be very prudent with our financial planning but we also want to make sure our budget can still support our community to help us build a brighter future for the Island.”

Council leader Councillor Dave Stewart added:

“We know we have a difficult challenge to meet and we know not every proposal will please everyone.

“But we must balance the books and I am sure with the help of the community we can achieve our target without damaging vital services.

“My experience so far is that when called upon people on the Island will step forward with thoughts and ideas and I encourage everyone to give us their support.”

Have your say here or send an email to [email protected]