Residents’ views are sought on council’s planned budget cuts

North Tyneside Council is urging residents to attend an event next week and have their say on the priorities that will help shape the council’s budget.

As the council must make spending cuts of between £53m to £56m over the next three years it is warning that tough decisions will have to be made.

It wants local people to be involved in the early phase of budget planning and has held a series of afternoon and evening events across the borough.

The next meeting takes place on October 14, at Oxford Centre, West Farm Avenue, Longbenton.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “The choices that we will have to take are going to be really tough and therefore it is vital that from the very start of this process that we listen to our residents to find out what is really important to them and where they think spending should be prioritised.

“Throughout the budget setting process we will be looking at every possible way to reduce costs as well as challenging all spending and finding more efficient ways of working to lessen the impact of these severe government cuts.”

Book a place by e-mailing engagement@northtyneside.gov.uk or calling (0191) 643 2828.