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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 January 2006, 10:47 GMT
Council tightens belt over budget
A city council has warned it plans to increase car park charges and close public toilets and tennis courts in a bid to control its council tax.

Derby City Council is also going to hike the costs of tickets and hiring at the city's Assembly Rooms to tackle the budget deficit.

It has promised to limit any tax rise to below the rate of inflation.

The council announced in November it will have a budget deficit of 2.3m next year - which could rise to 4.5m.

Consultation process

Council leader Chris Williamson said the proposals are reasonable and part of good housekeeping by the city.

He said the toilets were closed on a temporary basis earlier this year due to issues surrounding vandalism - adding that the overriding reason was not budgetary.

"We have tried to identify those areas of the council's activities that people are not utilising ... it would seem silly to keep those facilities open."

The budget consultation process will continue until the budget is set in March, he said.

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