BOROUGH council leader Justin Madders has ruled out pruning frontline services to pay for spiralling fuel costs.
He described cuts as “the last thing” he would look at even if the price of oil, petrol, and diesel continued to rise.
The borough council, like everyone else, has been affected by the rising cost of fuel when it comes to heating homes and civic buildings and powering the fleet of vehicles.
But unlike its counterparts across Wales, which have warned services will definitely be hit by fuel prices, the borough council says it is determined to maintain all services at their current levels.
Cllr Madders (Lab, Ledsham), told the Pioneer: “Cuts to services would be the last thing I would be looking to do.
“A couple of things have come under-budget at the council recently, so we have some stock (spare cash) in the system. One of the things under-budget was tenders for consultants for the EPIC redevelopment.
“It’s an odd situation we are in because the borough council, as it is, will not be here in nine months. It will be merged with Chester and Vale Royal to create the new Cheshire West & Chester unitary authority, which will provide all council services for Ellesmere Port and Neston.
“If we were going on as the borough council, then we would allow for any increased fuel costs in next year’s budget. But we are trying now to ensure we can deal with any spikes in terms of our heating and fuel costs.”
Cllr Madders, who is also Labour group leader on the council, added: “We have got our half-yearly statement in September and then we will be in a better position to say where we are.
“My wish is that we maintain at least the existing service levels we finance and maybe even end on a flourish.”