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Bournemouth residents asked to 'influence' budget cuts

Bournemouth residents are being asked which services should be saved from council cuts.

The borough council said it could be "influenced" on what savings can be made and what should be protected.

The survey will ask people the importance of 26 frontline services, including gritting, street lighting, libraries and careers advice.

The questionnaire has been posted on the council's website with hard copies at libraries and community centres.

'Unprecedented cuts'

Staff will also be working to help those with disabilities to have their say.

Councillor Peter Charon, leader of the Conservative-controlled council, said: "Never has involving the public in setting our budget priorities been more important than it is now.

"With unprecedented cuts anticipated nationally, it is vital that we understand which services local people value the most, so that we can do all we can to protect them."

The survey must be submitted by 13 October.

It comes after Poole council announced its own consultation asking residents how it can save between £10m and £12.5m in its 2011/12 budget.

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