It occurred to me that of the £3 million Torridge spends on services, £1,460,000 is spent on waste management. Well, there’s absolutely no reason why that couldn’t be transferred, lock, stock and barrel to Devon, leaving Torridge still spending £15 million on £1,540,000 of services.
Clearly that £15 million included the wages of the waste management staff. We take out £500K given to South Molten recycle, leaving £900K for the rest. This does include the cost of vehicles and I do know that Torridge bought at least 2 new vehicles at a cost of over £100K a go (which I don’t think is all that bad) but just to give Torridge the benefit of the doubt, let’s take out the entire £900K remaining, leaving them spending £14,100,000 on £1,540,000 of services.
£192,000 was spent on concessionary fares – well that doesn’t need Torridge to exist. Nearly £400K goes to Parkwood leisure, so Torridge takes itself out of the game there. £221K was spent on economic regeneration with a further £10K on Harbours. Well the harbours can be taken over by North Devon and there’s no reason why Devon couldn’t be repsonsible for economic regeneration, so we have around £800K which does not need to be in Torridge’s remit, leaving Torridge spending £14,100,000 on just £340,000 of local services. and with £438,000 spent on environmental protection, which could also be covered by Devon, this leaves Torridge costing us over £14 million for local services of minus £92,000.
(Head of Environmental Protection gets £67,538 so we can probably balance the £92K against staff wages, meaning that it costs over £14 million for Torridge just to exist)
So, we ask the question very seriously – is Torridge really needed?