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7:04am 25th November 2014
(Updated 7:04am 25th November 2014)

Later sweeping £200m cuts are expected to be voted through in Cornwall.

They would mean around 400 hundred jobs going at the council, no funding at all for leisure centres and paying almost 2% more in council tax.

Another idea is to bring in a private company to patrol car parks and get us to pay to park on the street.

Mark works in St Ives. He said: "I just think it's absolutely ridiculous. It's a nightmare to park anywhere in St Ives.

"Last year I worked on the harbour front, I used to have to pay £8 a day. The way parking companies run is if you're a minute over they're going to wheelclamp you and then charge you £60 to take it off.

"I don't think the council is fair at all in anything it does. The amount of money they charge in council tax - I just don't think you get the service from them in any respect.

An alternative budget has been put forward by a group of councillors which would mean fewer cuts - but a 6% rise in council tax.

If that was to go ahead it would mean a referendum - and officials warn that would itself cost money, with no guarantee of being able to win.

The council has backed down on some of its original savings plans. A plan to get rid of lollipop patrols anywhere which already has a pedestrian crossing was put on hold after it turned out that nobody had actually done a risk assessment on what it would mean for children walking to class.

But there are calls to protect other spending, including the amount spent on gritting Cornwall's roads.

7:04am 25th November 2014

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