Press Release: Budget & Services
Dursley Town Council approved the budget for the coming financial year at the end of January and have recently been asked by some residents of the town to confirm the reasons behind the increase.
In 2017 the Town Council obtained planning permission to build a car-park at the vacated Reliance House plot in Long Street. To obtain this planning permission we had to confirm there was a strong community support, this plea to the community resulted in nearly 100 supportive submissions to Stroud District Council. The purchase was funded by taking advantage of historic low interest rates with the Council borrowing £500k from the Public Works Loan Board – the most efficient way for a Council to borrow capital funding.
A new car park is easily the most ambitious and most expensive project ever undertaken by Dursley Town Council. To fund the loan repayments, the demolition of Reliance House and the construction of the new car park the Council required to raise funds via the Council tax process. The project will partly be funded from existing cash reserves.
The Mayor, Cllr Neil Grecian stated "this additional investment will be significantly beneficial for the town, with the lack of available car parking continually brought to the attention of the Town Council during the last few years."
The town council's share of the overall council tax remains very low and by agreeing a rise of council tax of less than £1 per week for each household we aim to continue to provide high quality but value for money local services, this includes the works carried out by our recently expanded team of three grounds staff.
The Town Council in recent years have taken on additional roles within the town which has impacted the workload of the existing grounds maintenance staff. This included The Vibe Youth Centre, Highfields Play Area and the ongoing extension pf the Kingshill Cemetery.
The grounds staff roles vary during the different seasons, with additional salting, snow clearance being carried out during this year's winter weather and throughout the summer watering the floral display in the town centre and other small projects.
Dursley Town Council are not responsible for our failing road network or approving planning permission but we will continue to lobby Gloucestershire County and Stroud District Council's over matters that are important to our community.
2018 will see the completion of a three-year project to introduce a Neighbourhood Development Plan titled Future Dursley. This important document will help protect the town from unsuitable developments by influencing policies on future development in Dursley. The plan will only be approved if supported in a public referendum, likely to be held on the autumn.
Posted: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 09:51 by John Kay