Pet’s Corner: Harlow Tories deny they will introduce entry fees to much-loved facility
News / Mon 20th Sep 2021 at 08:26am
A LEADING Harlow councillor denied that the new Conservative administration has plans to introduce entry fees to Pet’s Corner.
Portfolio Holder for Community Resilience, cllr Joel Charles was responding to questions from Labour councillor Jean Clark.
You can follow the exchange from the 5 minute point of the film below.
Councillor Jean Clark to Councillor Joel Charles (Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Resilience):
Pets’ Corner took huge steps to remain a sustainable, popular service. What are the new Administration’s expectations regarding the future of Pets’ Corner? Are there plans to generate more income? If so, what exactly are they?
Reply from Councillor Joel Charles (Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community Resilience):
Pets’ Corner is a much-loved council asset that makes an important contribution to the health and wellbeing of our community.
Our administration is exploring options to invest in the council’s valued non- statutory services, which includes Pets’ Corner in the wider portfolio.
There are no plans to make changes to the council’s community services budgets that will negatively impact frontline delivery.
Work continues by our administration on delivering an updated medium-term financial strategy and a budget for the next municipal year that focuses on extending opportunity and prosperity – the guiding focus that flows through everything the council will aim to achieve in the future.
The council’s community services will play a key role in promoting inclusion to help realise the goal of extending opportunity.
To practically achieve this on the ground, our administration is exploring opportunities for additional income generation at Pets’ Corner, which includes looking at further educational opportunities, and scoping the potential to expand the use of the Learning Centre as a more established conference facility.
But didn't say they wont make future plans and do imply other aspects of the facilities will be impacted. Remember wasn't it Cllr Joel Charles who over saw the Councils and therefore public ownership of the theatre, and other major facilities?
But didn't say they wont make future plans and do imply other aspects of the facilities will be impacted. Remember wasn't it Cllr Joel Charles who over saw the Councils disposal of therefore public ownership of the theatre, and other major facilities?
What's wrong with paying your way and not to have to pay for something you do not use?
We already do pay, it's called taxes. For the greater good and not the rich few. Or perhaps Ray chooses to pay privately. Of course there's no problem if he donates.
Yes you are correct. I do not want my tax to fund it. Why should I donate I don't agree with zoos. That's what it is. You donate if you want it.
I don’t want my taxes funding scumbags who refuse to work when they’ve got 800 kids, 4 cars and a bigger house than me, but hey ho, here we are and I’m still finding out my taxes go to dirtbags who don’t deserve it. Rather my taxes go to assisting those keeping the animals at this “zoo” healthy instead...
The types that you refer to belong in a zoo and I would not mind donating to that one. Watching them caged and observing their animalistic behaviour. Suppose it's a question of Vennism.
This happens to be a very good example of what is wrong with the way that the Harlow and Gilston Garden Town has been created. We of course, via our council tax pay towards the upkeep of Pets Corner and other non statutory services, but the thousands of people who will be living just over the towns border but will pay their Council Tax to East Herts and Epping Forest DC will not be contributing anything. Now of course this can be said of anyone coming into the town from elsewhere, but if the idea is to create a new enlarged community of 130,000 residents, then services will only be valued by these new residents if they contribute to the services and through their Councillors are able to make their views known about these services and their future. The boundary of Harlow should have been extended into the Green Belt around Harlow to encompass the areas on which it is proposed to build thousands of homes.