A DISGUSTED councillor has attacked Wrexham Council for asking community councils to take over the cost of school crossing patrols.
Wrexham Council has given an ultimatum to all but six of the 34 community councils in the county to take on the running costs of some facilities or risk losing them.
School crossing patrols, community centres and play areas could be axed unless the running costs are taken up by community councils.
The situation was discussed at a meeting of Offa Community Council, where the possibility of losing crossing patrols was strongly opposed.
Each patrol costs £3,500-a-year to run and, with Offa having three patrols in its area, it could face an additional cost of more than £10,000 if they take on the extra costs.
Cllr Steven Vale said: “We have a mayor driving around in a chauffeur-driven car and a deputy and Wrexham Council cannot afford the cost of school crossing patrols.
“It is absolutely disgusting.”
Cllr Linda Subacchi said that children’s lives could not be put at risk.
County councillors Alun Jenkins, Phil Wynn and Graham Rogers said some of the information regarding the cuts had been deemed confidential.
Cllr Jenkins said some of the details had emerged as the authority realised that community councils only have until December to finalise their budgets and rates.
But Cllr Vale responded by saying: “At Wrexham Council, it strikes me that the tail is wagging the dog.”
Cllr Jenkins said Offa was lucky in that they already contribute towards the annual cost of community centres in Maesgwyn and Parciau, meaning they know the exact conditions of the premises.
Clerk to the community council Karen Benfield said she had received letters from several organisations pointing out how vital the facilities up for discussion are to the community.
Both she and members of the community council are due to attend a meeting with Wrexham Council officials on Thursday at the Guildhall to find out more details about the level of cuts the authority is facing.
Councillors decided they would wait for those details to be explained before making a decision.