The Liberal Democrats tried to change the City Council budget tonight. We were outvoted so our suggestion didn't go ahead.
What we wanted to do was make three cuts.
The first - to abolish a special fund that only the Council Leader gets to spend (three quarters of a million pounds)
The second - to abolish City Magazine - a glossy publication that costs more than one hundred thousand pounds
The third - to reduce the allowances paid to senior councillors.
Taken together this would have found 1.1 million pounds a year over three years to spend on street cleansing and pothole repairs.
Labour, who have the majority on the Council, voted against us but I strongly believe that our suggestion would have meant cleaner streets and safer roads.
The whole amendment text, including some introductory stuff about Council Tax, is pasted below.
Maybe next time people see a pile of litter they may want to reflect on how this money would have helped clear it.