Council’s big saving

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AMBER Valley Borough Council is on target to save £2m by April 2012 – after already saving a third of that target.

The authority has clawed back £650,000 since it approved a series of savings in February in response to budget cuts announced by the Government.

Cost-cuttings measures included putting its headquarters in Ripley up for sale and plans to reduce garden waste collection.

The council also looked at transferring the running of some public toilets, including in Belper, to town and parish councils.

Council leader Stuart Bradford said more savings still needed to be found but added that the progress was “very encouraging”.