At tonight's annual budget setting meeting Conservative Councillors at North West Leicestershire District Council, despite Labour protests, voted to reduce the number of Street Enforcement Managers in the district to just two.
Street Enforcement Managers, whose job is to tackle environmental street crime such as littering and dealing with dog waste, are facing unprecedented demands.
One of the most common complaints received by councillors is the state our streets are in.
I, along with many councillors, receive calls and contacts every week from people who want to complain about the dreadful mess created by environmental crime.
The savings made from cutting this vital post (including oncosts) are less than £30,000 a year. At the same time in the past twelve months Conservative councillors have squirreled away £400,000 in their 'Value for Money Reserve'.
Labour Councillors felt compelled to vote against the annual budget, although we agreed with the proposal of not increasing Council Tax, simply because we could not support such vital front line services being cut when there is no financial imperative to do so.