Banbury’s adult learning units, children’s and family centres in Banbury and Bloxham, learning disability services, libraries in Banbury and Adderbury and county council offices are all in the firing line for cuts.
Members of the public are now urged to attend a meeting where the future of some public services will be debated.
Bosses from Oxfordshire County Council are holding the meeting in Banbury Town Hall at 7.30pm on Monday to guage public opinion on what services can be changed, charged for or sacrificed to meet a new £60m funding cut.
The county has already lopped £127m off its spending and has earmarked another £74m of economies over the coming four years. But a public spending review has led to a demand for a further £60m to be cut from Oxfordshire’s grant.
“We have to reduce costs further than we had already planned for the next four years. Finding further savings will be immensely difficult,” said Cllr Ian Hudspeth, Tory leader of the county council. “We can’t make changes on (that) scale without some services... changing or stopping altogether.”
He said to make changes as fairly as possible, while protecting services for the most vulnerable, the council needs to hear from residents first hand.
“We want people to have an influence on how we manage these difficult changes,” he said.
Cllr John Christie (Lab Grimsbury and Castle) said: “The cuts are unacceptable and unnecessary. Labour will urge the council to say so to the Government.
“If government forces them it will mean the withdrawal and closure of vital services for pre-school children, adults with care needs, highways and transport. Labour will fight for families with the greatest needs.”