OBSERVER: Our services are feeling the pinch


Following on from my comments last week about the Pilgrim, it is to be hoped the current campaign to save the services there is successful.

Coupled with that is the hope that someone in government will actually realise that the population round here, and on the coastal strip around Skegness too with more and more retiring there, is continually growing and extra services are required – not cut.

All we seem to hear is that the Pilgrim is losing money and so cuts have to be made or that we may have to see services ‘centralised’. Last week’s reports on the campaign had two telling headlines: ‘Cuts would not sort fundamental issues’ and ‘Retired nurse insists more money needed’. The people interviewed in those stories obviously knew what they were talking about; they had experience of the services they spoke of. So why are they not being listened to?

In every walk of life these days the easy answer appears to be that costs have to be cut or services reduced – and by doing one or the other, or both, everyone and everything suffers. We are being told that the country’s economy is recovering, but it will not be seen to have fully recovered until we start getting some of our services back, instead of continually cut.

It’s not only national services that are feeling the pinch; our local services are also under strain. As I’ve commented on several occasions we don’t seem to be having money spent on what we want: the town is looking ‘tired’ in many areas because we have no money apparently. Although it seems that money can be found for things we don’t seem to want or need: take your pick.

At local council level is it not time to think about the town and not the party? But dare risks be taken in the run up to local elections? No, of course not: can’t go into an election on the strength of putting a penny or two on council tax to improve things.