Last few days for residents to have say on spending plans

People in Telford & Wrekin Council have a few more days left to give their views about the Council’s spending plans outlined in its budget.

Last few days for residents to have say on spending plans

These include freezing council tax for a third year running to 2017, while good financial management and forward planning means the council has already made most of the savings it must find by 2016.

The council’s budget, which is out for consultation until 8 February, also proposes investing in a range of new one-off initiatives which will support its drive to help create jobs and investment in the borough’s economy. These include:
• A £1m fund to boost high streets and the borough’s district centres to help attract more visitors and businesses
• An additional £250,000 to support events to help attract more visitors to the borough and promote it as a destination
• Almost £4m to help roll out superfast broadband giving 96% coverage for homes and businesses
• A further £650,000 to support initiatives to tackle youth unemployment
• £6 million over three years to maintain and improve our roads
• £1m to run the Community Pride Fund again in 2017/18
• £750,000 over two years to address residents’ key environmental issues as part of the Council’s Pride in Your Community scheme
• £650,000 to support regeneration in St George’s including funding to help refurbish the former youth centre in Gower Street
• Free swimming for residents over 50 at council pools until 2020
• £270,000 to support the council’s initiative with Just Credit Union to offer an ethical alternative to pay day lenders and support for the local food bank can give their views at where there is a short online survey, via the Council Twitter or Facebook sites using #TFbudget, or by coming to one of the remaining budget roadshow events taking place this week which end at Southwater One on Thursday morning.

Residents can also email any comments they may have to or call 01952 382131. Any comments must be received by 8 February.

Councillor McClements said: “We’ve had comments from more than 1,000 people on the budget and our proposals so far and I really urge everyone to tell us they think about the plans.

“Our budget aims to continue promote Telford and Wrekin as a great place to live, work and visit and for businesses to invest in.

“We are also keen to invest in High Streets and local centres, improving the environment and our roads, tackling youth unemployment and improving people’s health. Are these the right priorities? We want people to tell us what they think.”

The public feedback gained in the consultation will be reported back to Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet meeting on February 26 before the budget proposals go to Full Council on March 5.