The proposals for the 2018/19 budget have now been published for consultation, and feedback from all stakeholders received before 20th February 2018 will be considered at the budget-setting Council meeting of 5th March 2018.
Feedback should be submitted by email using firstname.lastname@example.org or by post to Budget Consultation Feedback, The Town Hall, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1LW.
For 2018/19 the Council is proposing a limited number of budget growth items. These will enhance the local environment for the local residents and visitors and include public realm regeneration schemes at:
• St Annes Town Centre
• Kirkham Town Centre
In addition to the regeneration schemes there are further budget growth items planned including:
• Enhanced play facilities at Chain Lane Playing Fields, Staining
• Improved storage facilities for the Council’s art collection
• Continued funding for the Community Projects Fund
All of these will contribute to ensuring Fylde is a vibrant and thriving place to live and visit and residents will be asked to contribute a modest additional sum within their Council Tax to ensure this is achievable.
For 2018/19 there is a proposed overall Council Tax increase of 2.99%, resulting in an overall Band D charge for the year of £201.61. This will mean an increase of around 11pence per week for a Band D property which will help to safeguard services.
Councillor Karen Buckley, Chair of the Finance and Democracy Committee said: “Throughout the last few years Fylde has been implementing plans to reduce spending, deal with falling levels of income, particularly from central government, and rising costs. Ongoing modernisation work and business improvement will continue to make council services more efficient, save money and maintain frontline services to customers. The budget growth items proposed for this year will continue to enhance the Fylde community, and we encourage residents to have their say on the current proposals.”
The full financial strategy can be found via this link.