Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council Budget 17/18 Press Release

February 2, 2017

Press Release 

31/01/17

Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council announced their portion of the council tax at the meeting of the full Council on Monday night. Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council have set a band D average of £126.68 for the 17/18 tax year.

Each Band D household will pay £2.44 a week for town council funded services. It is necessary to increase the Band D average by £48.39 per year (less than a pound a week) to secure and improve the following services:

At a meeting of the Council on 30th January it was unanimously resolved to contribute a sum of £50,000 towards the funding of daytime activities for the elderly at the Park Day Centre for 2017-18. The Mayor, Cllr Richard Edwards, said “At the public meeting at the library in October I, and other Town Councillors, said we would work hard to find a way to protect the services, while still recognising that change was necessary. The deal we have got with PCC allows us to do exactly that”.

Powys County Council (PCC) has agreed in return to contribute and maintain a 5 day a week service for 2017-18. During the next year both Councils will work together to plan a sustainable future for the service with the agreed aim of transferring the service to NTLC by March 2018 if an agreement can be reached.

Councillor Stephen Hayes, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care said: “We are pleased that Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council is making a financial contribution to support services at the Park Day Centre. Their decision, with significant county council funding, will ensure day time activities for older people continue over the coming year.

“We will continue to work with town and community councils and other organisations to further develop activities for older people, both in day centres and in the wider community.”

£30,000 to transfer 116 acres of land from Powys County Council to Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council and with the vision of transforming the area into a riverside park. The intention of this project is to work in conjunction with a consortium of local organisations and businesses and bring in substantial additional funding from The National Lottery.

The Council also reaffirmed its commitment to fund the Newtown Food Festival, the flagship event that will be held on 2nd and 3rd September 2017, and the Winter Festival including an investment of £25,000 for new Christmas lights for the town.

The Town Council will also continue to fund the three school crossing patrols at Treowen, Penaglodfa, Ladywell and Hafren schools. Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn Town Council fund the full cost of these three crossing patrols at just over £7,000.

Newtown Community Fund grants of £23,000 to community groups and events in Newtown such as the Carnival and the Leaping Lights River Festival, also to support Newtown Citizens Advice to continue to provide their current services specifically for Newtown and Llanllwchaiarn.

A further £10,000 is in the budget to provide toilet facilities at Gravel and Back Lane car parks.

Other services and projects include; canal restoration, to continue to work towards restoration on the canal to Newtown; a defibrillator cost & installation for the centre of town, Tourist Information Centre, the Robert Owen Museum, the town clock, town centre flower beds, picnic benches, playparks, the Tuesday market etc.

The Mayor of the Council, Cllr Richard Edwards, told councillors at this evening’s Full Council meeting “This council has spent several years getting to a point where should we need to step in and help protect, preserve and improve services in Newtown now we have the ability to do so. This council aims to be an enabling council, and we believe the solutions to our problems can be found right here in our community. The Town Council will, through trusted leadership, help provide a community and town which is sustainable, prosperous, resilient and with a strong sense of identity in which people choose to live, learn, work and to visit.”

Cllr David Selby, Chair of the Resources Committee, said: “There are cuts in funding throughout local government.  We have experienced reduced funding from Powys County Council at the same time as they are reducing funding for services in our town.  Newtown Town Council is working to provide efficient local services and invest in the future.”

 

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