Linda Topping: promises to axe the borough’s political and administrative costs

Watford Observer: Linda Topping: promises to axe the borough’s political and administrative costs Linda Topping: promises to axe the borough’s political and administrative costs

The Watford Conservative mayoral candidate has pledged to take an axe to the borough’s political and administrative costs if elected on Thursday.

Linda Topping said she would slash spending in the mayor’s office and scrap the council’s quarterly magazine About Watford to make the authority a leaner operation.

In her manifesto she said the current Liberal Democrat mayor Dorothy Thornhill, is “paid too much” despite “limited responsibilities” and the new salary would “better reflect the responsibilities of the position”, although she has not specified how much she would reduce the mayor’s £65,000 salary by.

Read the full manifesto here:

Watford Conservatives Policy Priorities.docx

The Conservative said she would also look for a less expensive method of informing residents about council business and dismissed About Watford as “expensive propaganda funded by the taxpayer”.

If elected, Mrs Topping said she would also cut the budgets of council departments where the services are being outsourced to private organisations.

Another key pledge from Mrs Topping was to encourage people in the town to shop locally by launching a “reward scheme” for residents.

In conjunction with this she said she wanted to improve the appearance of the town’s shopping parades to make them more attractive to shoppers.

Mrs Topping said: “Our neighbourhood shops are vital to maintaining a distinct community feel and provide much needed amenities for residents. As mayor, I will continue my work with residents, businesses, charities and politicians of all parties to re-energise our local shops.”

The Conservative has said if elected she would aim to improve the town’s infrastructure by working with Watford’s Tory MP and Conservative-dominated Hertfordshire County Council to “deliver more focused and joined-up thinking”.

The manifesto also prioritised sorting out the botched reorganisation of Watford Junction. London Midland has said it is looking to redraw the layout of the main train station after a £1m revamp last year caused serious traffic problems.

Mrs Topping said: “Watford Conservatives will make Watford Junction a top priority and ensure action is taken to resolve the issue as quickly and as cost effectively as possible.”

Another plank of her manifesto was to shake up controlled parking schemes. Mrs Topping said under her control, the council would look at introducing new parking schemes on a “street by street basis”.

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4:09pm Mon 19 May 14

Wacko Jacko says...

Cutting the Mayoral salary (Labour pledge) and scrapping the About Watford magazine (UKIP pledge) won't make much of a dent in the council budget, the rest of her pledges sound like spending money we can ill afford, plus a bit of bandwagon jumping. hasn't she got any original ideas of her own? Topping for Mayor? .....pigs might fly
Cutting the Mayoral salary (Labour pledge) and scrapping the About Watford magazine (UKIP pledge) won't make much of a dent in the council budget, the rest of her pledges sound like spending money we can ill afford, plus a bit of bandwagon jumping. hasn't she got any original ideas of her own? Topping for Mayor? .....pigs might fly Wacko Jacko
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4:57pm Mon 19 May 14

inside-watford says...

I don't actually think the About Watford magazine is a bad publication. In fact it is pretty pathetic to use an item such as this to reduce administration costs. I don't actually know who this women is anyway, researching her doesn't lead to much.
I don't actually think the About Watford magazine is a bad publication. In fact it is pretty pathetic to use an item such as this to reduce administration costs. I don't actually know who this women is anyway, researching her doesn't lead to much. inside-watford
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5:36pm Mon 19 May 14

Andrew1963 says...

Linda has already cut back on leaflet and canvassing costs to the local tory party in this election. she knows how not to spend time and money on a lost cause.

the best way to save money is to abolish Watford council ) and all the local councils in Hertfordshire). replace it with two all local powers Unitary councils.

One based in st Albans (City of st Albans) - Covering darorum, Watford, Three Rivers, Watford and st albans.

and another based at Hertford covering the rest of the county of Hertforshire.
Linda has already cut back on leaflet and canvassing costs to the local tory party in this election. she knows how not to spend time and money on a lost cause. the best way to save money is to abolish Watford council ) and all the local councils in Hertfordshire). replace it with two all local powers Unitary councils. One based in st Albans (City of st Albans) - Covering darorum, Watford, Three Rivers, Watford and st albans. and another based at Hertford covering the rest of the county of Hertforshire. Andrew1963
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2:22pm Tue 20 May 14

garston tony says...

It may not make a huge dent in the budget but a little saved here and there does add up eventually.

Regards the magazine, hows about still producing it but as an electronic edition only with maybe a limited run to put in libraries etc so that those that want it can have it and the council isnt spending thousands printing and issuing something which I dare say most people throw away
It may not make a huge dent in the budget but a little saved here and there does add up eventually. Regards the magazine, hows about still producing it but as an electronic edition only with maybe a limited run to put in libraries etc so that those that want it can have it and the council isnt spending thousands printing and issuing something which I dare say most people throw away garston tony
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2:26pm Tue 20 May 14

Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford says...

garston tony wrote:
It may not make a huge dent in the budget but a little saved here and there does add up eventually.

Regards the magazine, hows about still producing it but as an electronic edition only with maybe a limited run to put in libraries etc so that those that want it can have it and the council isnt spending thousands printing and issuing something which I dare say most people throw away
Common sense Tony, good idea.

UKIP have much bigger plans for cutting the costs of council which will make the savings suggested by other parties look tiny.

For lower council costs, UKIP is the way.
[quote][p][bold]garston tony[/bold] wrote: It may not make a huge dent in the budget but a little saved here and there does add up eventually. Regards the magazine, hows about still producing it but as an electronic edition only with maybe a limited run to put in libraries etc so that those that want it can have it and the council isnt spending thousands printing and issuing something which I dare say most people throw away[/p][/quote]Common sense Tony, good idea. UKIP have much bigger plans for cutting the costs of council which will make the savings suggested by other parties look tiny. For lower council costs, UKIP is the way. Phil Cox - UKIP Mayoral candidate for Watford
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6:31pm Thu 22 May 14

watfordrick says...

Linda "what Pizza" Topping would be happier working in Crispy Creme Donuts!
Linda "what Pizza" Topping would be happier working in Crispy Creme Donuts! watfordrick
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