The proposals for the 2019/20 budget have now been published for consultation and can be viewed at this link. All feedback from all stakeholders received before 20th February 2018 will be considered at the budget-setting Council meeting of 5th March 2019.
Feedback should be submitted by email using email@example.com or by post to Budget Consultation Feedback, The Town Hall, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1LW.
For 2019/20 the Council is proposing a number of capital growth items. These will enhance the local environment for the residents and visitors and include:
• Three-year scheme of public realm improvements to Lytham High Street
• Public realm improvements in St Annes from the Pier to the Square
• New coastal signs to promote tourism
• New play equipment at Ashton Gardens
• New toilet facilities at North Beach car park
• Support for Arts Council Project ‘Coastal Explorers’ at Fairhaven Lake
In addition to the capital growth proposals there are two further revenue budget proposals for 2019/20:
• Ongoing support for Community Projects
• Additional resources to support tourism and community events to include securing the popular St Annes Kite Festival
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 2019/20 there is a proposed overall Council Tax increase of 2.48%, resulting in an overall Band D charge for the year of £206.60. This will mean an increase by less than 10p per week for a Band D property which will help to safeguard services.
Councillor Karen Buckley, Chair of the Finance and Democracy Committee, said:
“At Fylde we challenge budgets every year to make sure taxpayers’ money is spent wisely. Savings are re-invested in the borough and every opportunity is taken to secure extra funding from central government in the form of grants. This has paid great dividends over recent years with sizeable grants from the Environment Agency to upgrade our sea defences and Heritage Lottery to transform first Ashton Gardens and now Fairhaven Lake. We are hopeful that our bid to the Future High Streets Fund will be successful for Kirkham Town Centre, making a visible difference right across Fylde. Our programme for capital expenditure in 2019/20 is designed to further improve our facilities for residents and visitors alike.
Nobody likes paying council tax and, even though the amount paid to Fylde on the council tax bill is comparatively low, it is important that residents have confidence in the services provided and they remain high quality and provide value for money. Unlike many authorities, we are not increasing council tax to the maximum allowed, instead choosing an increase of an average of £5 per annum for a Band D property.”
The budget consultation can be found on the website following this link: http://www.fylde.gov.uk/council/finance/budget-consultation-2019-20/