Twelve jobs likely to go at district council

TWELVE posts are to go at Mid Sussex District Council as part of the cost cutting to meet a £1m shortfall in grant from the Government.

The proposed cuts were due to be discussed at the council’s Performance and Scrutiny Committee last night (January 18) as the West Sussex Gazette went to press.

The proposals for voluntary redundancies and deletion of vacant posts are contained in a 68-page Draft Corporate Plan and Budget for 2011/12 that will be discussed at the meeting.

Among other cost savings also being proposed by the council’s officers are less grass cutting, fewer grants for community projects, less training for council staff and less printing of information for the public.

If approved, the proposals will mean the end of planning notices telling people if a planning application has been made close to where they live. Instead, residents would have to register an interest on-line in order to receive notification electronically. The proposals are part of cost cutting ecpected to last for four years.