Cotswold District Council is undertaking a consultation on its proposed budget for the 2020/21 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 £5.9 million in 2009 to £2.5 million 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 while ensuring that the Council’s finances are sustainable and resilient. Plans 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 for feedback on proposals to raise parking charges and the cost of garden waste collections.
Drop-in events about the budget have been arranged on:
- 14 January – Moreton Area Centre, Moreton-in-Marsh, 4-7pm
- 16 January – Bingham House, Cirencester, 4-7pm
These events will be held as informal Q&A sessions to allow residents to come along at their leisure and ask district councillors and officers questions about the proposals face-to-face. Alongside these events, district councillors will also be hitting the streets in each town on the event days to engage with residents in person and encourage people to give their views.
For more information on the budget consultation, please visit www.cotswold.gov.uk.
Deadline for responses: midnight on Sunday 26 January 2020