22 Jan Nuneaton and Bedworth: Conservative Budget to Bring Back Play Rangers
After calling for the much-loved and much-missed Play Rangers to be brought back in Nuneaton and Bedworth, the Conservatives will propose in their Council to bring back the valuable service.
Two years ago Labour scrapped the Play Rangers and wasted the money on a Climbing Tower that is hardly used and has been beset by problems from the outset. This decision has wasted £175,000 of taxpayers’ money and reduced the level of service available to the youth of the Borough.
Cllr Kris Wilson, Leader of the Opposition, (Whitestone) said: “From the outset the Climbing Tower has been a White Elephant. We didn’t have the trained staff to operate it, we didn’t have the vehicles to tow it and we have been left with a far poorer service than the Climbing Tower replaced. Despite being challenged on the cost and the low numbers of users, local Labour are happy to continue to pay for a failed service.
“Instead, the Conservatives will propose to bring back the Play Rangers and invest in a successful, tried and tested service that reached far more children than the Climbing Tower does and is available virtually 12 months of the year. We want to give the children of our Borough that opportunity which was removed from them 2 years ago.”
At the last Full Council meeting, the Conservatives put forward a motion to bring back the Play Rangers which was voted down by Labour. The Conservatives believe in the value of the Play Rangers and have funded the service in their fully-costed and signed off budget motion.
Cllr Kris Wilson continued: “On budget night the Conservative group that I lead will be investing in the future of our children. If Labour continue to oppose the Play Rangers they will be voting to continue wasting taxpayers’ money and squandering opportunities for the youth of this Borough. That isn’t fair and we want to see Nuneaton and Bedworth be a Borough of opportunity for everyone.
“The choice is clear – to vote for a service available around the year, or Labour’s White Elephant which will deliver 25 sessions a year only as part of their contract. I believe residents’ deserve both a high level of service and value for money, and it is only our budget on 14 February 2018 that will deliver both. Labour waste your money, but Conservatives will always spend your money wisely.”