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Council Executive outlines key priorities for year ahead

13th February 2014

Allerdale Borough Council’s Executive has outlined both an ambitious plan and how it has listened to residents as it has set out its key priorities for the next 12 months.

As part of the plan, it is pledging £10,000 to each of the borough’s seven town centres to support community activities. If Allerdale Borough Council’s Budget is approved by a meeting of the Full Council on 5 March, Aspatria, Cockermouth, Keswick, Maryport, Silloth, Wigton and Workington will all receive grants to support the ongoing development and improvements in town centres, ensuring they continue to be welcoming and attractive places to visit.  

The funding for town centres was one of a host of financial recommendations made by the Council’s Executive last night [Wednesday 12 February]. The 2014-15 budget proposals now need to go before Full Council for its approval.

As well as supporting town centres, the Council’s Executive has also made the following recommendations:

  • An additional £10,000 to deliver affordable housing
  • £20,000 to support homes at risk of flooding across the borough
  • £37,500 to support key festivals and community events in the district
  • £70,000 for strategic land acquisitions
  • £150,000 to support leisure activities across the borough
  • £150,000 for a new fund to help create jobs and increase economic development
  • £167,500 to develop a new portfolio fund for projects to support the Council’s Commitment to Local Communities.

In addition, the Council has listened to the view of ward members and parish and town councils about concerns over the removal of footway lighting by Electricity North West. The Executive is proposing to Full Council that £25,000 should be set aside to work with communities affected by ENW’s decision.

The Executive also heard how the Council is on track to deliver its three-year target to reduce spend by £3.5 million before the end of 2015 without having to cut back on essential front line services. Projected figures show that in the first two years of the Council’s Reducing Spend programme, the authority expects to have already made savings of more than £3.3 million toward a £3.5 million target.

Members also voted in favour of recommending a 1.9% increase in Council Tax payments for Allerdale households with effect from 2014-15. In real terms, that means an increase of 6p per week for a Band D property, 5p per week for Band c properties, and 4p per week for Band A and B properties.

A public consultation in January resulted in 75 per cent of respondents agreeing that the average charges for Band A to Band D properties represented value for money and over half of respondents agreed that council tax should be increased by no more than 1.9% while limiting cutbacks to current service levels.

Councillor Barbara Cannon, Deputy Leader of Allerdale Borough Council, said: “This is a budget that will promote economic growth and the protection of frontline services. It takes an approach which will go a long way to making this Council self-sufficient and sustainable. It is also innovative - supporting projects like the Allerdale Investment Partnership and our town centre management teams, which will bring lasting economic benefits.

Importantly, having listened to a range of residents, the Council is keeping investment in the Lake District National Park. Councillor Barbara Cannon said, “We have a strong commitment to support our town centres and we listen to the concerns of residents. We received more than 50 consultation responses relating to a grant we give to the Lake District National Park (LDNP) in recognition of money they have spent over a number of years on the Moot Hall in Keswick. We consulted on removing this grant as the LDNP is an authority in its own right and we need to make sure that we are not cross subsidising other public sector bodies. However, given residents’ concerns over the potential impact on the Tourist Information Centre which is located in the Moot Hall it is proposed to defer any decision over removing the £12,750 grant for 2014/15 and to consult more widely with the LDNP over its plans for the Hall before making any further decisions.”

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