GATHERING YOUR VIEWS
SENIOR councillors have taken to the streets of Swansea to seek views on how to save £45 million from the authority's budget.
Rob Stewart, cabinet member for finance and resources, and fellow Labour councillor Ryland Doyle, along with council staff, were at Swansea Market yesterday to meet city residents
Mr Stewart said: "It is extremely important that Swansea public is given the chance to have input. It is an opportunity for them to let us know the changes that they would like to see.
"This is the very first start of our consultation process which will last for the next two to three months."
The face-to-face meetings were welcomed by passing shoppers
Sue Bryce from West Cross said: "This is a very pro-active and positive approach and I hope it has positive results."
Members of the public have also given some suggestions on how Swansea Council could make the needed cutbacks.
"We don't need the new car park near Tesco, Marina. Promoting public transport is the way forward," said Katja, from Swansea.
Kathleen Donoghue, from Port Talbot, also said: "Don't cut back on schools. We could spend less on parks because people just don't use them anymore."
Pam Atter, from Townhill, said: "Take DNA from smokers so anyone who drops a cigarette can be traced. They can be given a warning then fined. Also, with the extra seats at the Liberty Stadium, make sure there are parking facilities and the council can charge people to park."