It is interesting to not that when a Tory Council keeps tax down, there is a song and dance about it on Tory blogs. Of course, those of us who live in area where we have to endure Conservative Councils know that the Tories talk about cutting taxes, but rarely, if ever deliver. Norfolk County Council, for example, which they took control of in 2001, has seen record council tax rises since they took control, which seems odd since their only manifesto pledge when they took control was that they would keep council tax rises lower than those imposed by the previous Labour/Lib Dem joint administration. The Tories lied. They didn't do what the promised.
So it is sad to reflect on one thing you can rely on from the Tories. Closure of leisure facilities.
In Broadland (where I live), the Tories have sold the main leisure facility they owned (The Sports Village) to a private health club, whilst withdrawing support for local swimming pools. Now we read in Wandsworth that cuts in funding for a theatre are likely to lead to the closure of the theatre.
People should be aware that when the Tories talk of cutting taxes, they rarely mean more efficient services. Allowances and/or entertainment budgets will nearly always rise. Allowances have gone up in Breckland whilst entertainment budgets rocketed at Norfolk County Council ( both Tory run), whilst Tories in Broadland voted against the views of an independent group who the council themselves had appointed to set councillors allowances. The Tories in Broadland added £1000 to the recommended councillors allowance.
It is worth noting that since I started as a Lib Dem councillor in North Norfolk we have voted once on the issue of allowances once, with the Lib Dem council cutting the basic allowance by 2%. Tories on the council voted against this proposal.
What the Tories deliver every time they get their hands on a council is increased benefits for them, but cuts in services for council tax payers. You've been warned.