Geoffrey Theobald to answer your questions on Council Tax debate

The Argus: Geoffrey Theobald to answer your questions on Council Tax debate Geoffrey Theobald to answer your questions on Council Tax debate

Today is the final day of our council tax web chats were you have the chance to put your questions to the leaders of the council's three main parties.

With Labour leader Warren Morgan and Green convenor Jason Kitcat sitting in the hot seat for the past two days, now it's the turn of Conservative leader Geoffrey Theobald.

Councillor Theobald's plan for tonight's budget meeting is that the council should impose a council tax freeze for residents and use a Government grant and council efficiency savings to protect services.

This will be your last chance to ask a question directly to the Tory leader ahead of the crunch council meeting tonight so if you have a burning question you want answers to then send your questions to michael.davies@theargus.co.uk beforehand or leave your questions in the comment section below.

 

 

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12:01pm Thu 27 Feb 14

roystony says...

Hi Geoffrey. What are your views on Jason Kitcat refusing to resign. Also how can the greens implement so many costly projects when the general public do want them?
Hi Geoffrey. What are your views on Jason Kitcat refusing to resign. Also how can the greens implement so many costly projects when the general public do want them? roystony

12:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

ThinkBrighton says...

With the City being strapped for cash, how can you justify the expenses that you draw which is over £500.00 per week and adding this to your wife's expenses brings it up to nearly £750.00 per week, which is considerably more
than some households have as a gross income.
With the City being strapped for cash, how can you justify the expenses that you draw which is over £500.00 per week and adding this to your wife's expenses brings it up to nearly £750.00 per week, which is considerably more than some households have as a gross income. ThinkBrighton

12:22pm Thu 27 Feb 14

rolivan says...

You have agreed with the Greens to go ahead with the the funding of the i360.Do you really think that 800.000 people are going to flock to The City to use it.If those figures are not met does the company that carried out the Survey get penalised?Also what happens if the developers cannot meet their commitments in paying back the loan do the repayments get put onto the Council taxpayers.
I asked Cllrs Morgan and Kitkat about the possibility of freezing those on lower band rates.Cllr Morgan said it was an interesting proposal.They both said it isn't allowed however there are Rebates and discounts available what is your knowledge on this as Cllr Kitkat said He would have to look into the details.
Lastly is it the Council or the Highways responsibility to pay when introducing new road signs and maintainingthe City Streetsand Roads?
You have agreed with the Greens to go ahead with the the funding of the i360.Do you really think that 800.000 people are going to flock to The City to use it.If those figures are not met does the company that carried out the Survey get penalised?Also what happens if the developers cannot meet their commitments in paying back the loan do the repayments get put onto the Council taxpayers. I asked Cllrs Morgan and Kitkat about the possibility of freezing those on lower band rates.Cllr Morgan said it was an interesting proposal.They both said it isn't allowed however there are Rebates and discounts available what is your knowledge on this as Cllr Kitkat said He would have to look into the details. Lastly is it the Council or the Highways responsibility to pay when introducing new road signs and maintainingthe City Streetsand Roads? rolivan

12:48pm Thu 27 Feb 14

fredflintstone1 says...

Do you not think that the traveller budget - where there is massive overspend - could be reduced if the Council and police enforced the law properly?

Once again, travellers are amassed in your ward on the Ditchling Road side at Wild Park, denying people access there. They should be served with a S61 notice - all the criteria are met. Also, why do the council not seek to recover the costs of court action, to reduce this expenditure?
Do you not think that the traveller budget - where there is massive overspend - could be reduced if the Council and police enforced the law properly? Once again, travellers are amassed in your ward on the Ditchling Road side at Wild Park, denying people access there. They should be served with a S61 notice - all the criteria are met. Also, why do the council not seek to recover the costs of court action, to reduce this expenditure? fredflintstone1

12:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Quiterie says...

Hi Geoffrey, The Council claims to have saved almost £30 million in efficiency programmes in the last few years and has millions more efficiency savings planned. Given that the last Council administration was run by the Conservatives, isn't it a bit embarrassing that the Council was apparently so inefficient in the first place? Why weren't these efficiency savings implemented when the Conservatives were in charge?
Hi Geoffrey, The Council claims to have saved almost £30 million in efficiency programmes in the last few years and has millions more efficiency savings planned. Given that the last Council administration was run by the Conservatives, isn't it a bit embarrassing that the Council was apparently so inefficient in the first place? Why weren't these efficiency savings implemented when the Conservatives were in charge? Quiterie

1:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

rolivan says...

There is a dire need for an ice rink in the City why are theCouncil prepared to fund the i360 and not something that will enrich the lives of residents and also those throughout the County and beyond?
There is a dire need for an ice rink in the City why are theCouncil prepared to fund the i360 and not something that will enrich the lives of residents and also those throughout the County and beyond? rolivan

6:17pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Ania Green says...

Are you embarrassed by just how much better the Green administration has been for this city than the awful times they had to endure when the Conservatives were in power.
Are you embarrassed by just how much better the Green administration has been for this city than the awful times they had to endure when the Conservatives were in power. Ania Green

10:11pm Thu 27 Feb 14

rayellerton says...

Ania Green wrote:
Are you embarrassed by just how much better the Green administration has been for this city than the awful times they had to endure when the Conservatives were in power.
at least you use your name on here unlike your husband....and although a Brightonion with roots going back to 1801 i am not inbred....and FYI the greens have been a total calamity and we residents have been the one to suffer you fools....get out and dont come back, we dont want you...
[quote][p][bold]Ania Green[/bold] wrote: Are you embarrassed by just how much better the Green administration has been for this city than the awful times they had to endure when the Conservatives were in power.[/p][/quote]at least you use your name on here unlike your husband....and although a Brightonion with roots going back to 1801 i am not inbred....and FYI the greens have been a total calamity and we residents have been the one to suffer you fools....get out and dont come back, we dont want you... rayellerton

11:01pm Thu 27 Feb 14

chemicaljax says...

Ania Green - you must be kidding! The greens good for this city? In some people's dreams, maybe, but not in the eyes of the majority of Brighton & Hove residents. People who voted green publically confess to being embarassed that they did so. The greens have been a disaster & are surely & steadily destroying our once beautiful city. Wake up, open your eyes & get real
Ania Green - you must be kidding! The greens good for this city? In some people's dreams, maybe, but not in the eyes of the majority of Brighton & Hove residents. People who voted green publically confess to being embarassed that they did so. The greens have been a disaster & are surely & steadily destroying our once beautiful city. Wake up, open your eyes & get real chemicaljax

11:09pm Thu 27 Feb 14

rolivan says...

Ania Green wrote:
Are you embarrassed by just how much better the Green administration has been for this city than the awful times they had to endure when the Conservatives were in power.
Have You lived in the City long enough to make a judgement?
[quote][p][bold]Ania Green[/bold] wrote: Are you embarrassed by just how much better the Green administration has been for this city than the awful times they had to endure when the Conservatives were in power.[/p][/quote]Have You lived in the City long enough to make a judgement? rolivan

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