Residents and Businesses in the Cotswolds are being urged to give their views on the District Council’s spending plans as it prepares its budget for the next financial year.
Their aim is to gather as much feedback as possible on key areas such as the waste service, parking, climate change, leisure, grants and changes to the District’s Local Plan.
The budget is being prepared against a backdrop of continuing cuts in Government funding which have seen core funding fall from £5.9m in 2009 to £2.5m in 2019/20, a drop of 58.4% with further falls in Government funding expected for 2021/22.
Councillors are keen to ensure that services will be maintained and enhanced which ensuring that the Council’s finances are sustainable and resilient.
Planned developments are set to include an improved waste service offering a separate food waste collection and more recycling, increased parking provision in Cirencester and investments in facilities such as Cirencester’s Corinium Museum.
The Council’s survey will also gather views on how the Council can raise additional income from investing in local property; to a proposed Council Tax rise of £5 a year for a Band D household. It will also ask opinions on proposals to raise parking charges and the cost of garden waste collections.
A DROP IN EVENT HAS BEEN ARRANGED ON THURSDAY 9TH JANUARY FROM 4PM-7PM AT THE TETBURY TOWN COUNCIL OFFICES. COTSWOLD DISTRICT COUNCIL OFFICIALS WILL ALSO BE PRESENT TO DISTRIBUTE INFORMATION AND GATHER RESPONSES FROM RESIDENTS.
For more information on the budget consultation, please visit www.cotswold.gov.uk and fill out the survey form.