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Quirky spending cuts - our top ten

Peter Henley | 18:24 UK time, Thursday, 3 March 2011

Rubbish, loos and sports pitch

Some of the strangest spending cuts in the South of England...

At Number One it has to be Southampton City Council saving 10 grand by not binning the bins, or as they put it: "keeping slightly damaged refuse collection containers."

Dorset County Council's big streetlight switch-off is at Number Two. It saves a mammoth £150,000 from the electricity bill, but will there be more accidents?

Saving pounds by spending a penny - at Number Three it's the Isle of Wight Council's plan to hand over 18 of its 60 public conveniences to volunteers.

Where there's muck - Portsmouth is saving £5,000 a year at Number Four by not fertilising sports pitches.

At Number Five Oxford City Council is asking people who use bowling greens to do the mowing themselves.

And Reading has two grass related cuts - at Number Six they've reduced the trimming of roadside verges from 10 to five times a year to save £80,000.

At Number Seven they're saving £35,000 replacing seasonal bedding with low-maintenance shrubs or grass.

Worthing Council has hit a snag with Number Eight. Passing on the management costs of sponsoring roundabouts has cut their income - doh!

But surely the quirkiest quirky cut - at Number Nine Southampton crematoriums aiming to save £30,000 by "using gas more efficiently"...

...Well, you can't take it with you.

and Number Ten?

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