Town council sets latest budget

February 26 2018

CIVIC leaders in Thornbury have set their budget for the next financial year, pledging to invest in a range of projects, services and facilities to benefit the town.

CIVIC leaders in Thornbury have set their budget for the next financial year, pledging to invest in a range of projects, services and facilities to benefit the town.

Expenditure of £818,000 has been agreed, of which £623,000 will be met through the council tax and the rest from income, grants and use of council reserves.

It is a rise of 4.9 per cent when compared to last year’s budget but due to the number of new homes recently completed, the average band D household will pay £128.29 per year to the town council through a parish precept, which is £3.53 less than last year.

The amount will be added onto the main council tax bills to be sent out by South Gloucestershire Council.

Town mayor Helen Harrison said: “Thornbury Town Council is continuing to make significant improvements to local services and is striving to give local people a greater say in the future development of the town.

“We believe this budget strikes the right balance between investing in our future, much needed facilities and providing value for money for local tax payers”

Among projects for the coming year is a new play area at the Mundy Playing Fields.

There will also be ongoing support to produce a neighbourhood plan for Thornbury, which will give local people a greater say on how new development takes place.

The council further said it would continue to support a range of other local groups and organisations through grants, including youth services provided by Krunch at Turnberries, the Thornbury in Bloom project, Citizens Advice Bureau, the volunteer centre and local events such as the annual carnival and arts festival.