Kidsgrove Town Council has announced it will not increase council tax for the next financial year after setting out its budget for 2014/15. The Labour controlled council once again voted to freeze the precept to try and offset the cost of living crisis. Councillors recognise that the people of Kidsgrove are being squeezed due to central government cuts and hikes in energy costs. The budget passed unanimously.
It was also agreed during the budget setting process that Christmas lights in Kidsgrove Town Centre are a shambles and virtually non-existent. Therefore £2000 has been set aside and the council will be looking for match funding from the Kidsgrove Town Team, Kidsgrove Rotary Club and other partners/organisations in the locality. The Kidsgrove Town Team, also known as Go Kidsgrove is currently in the process of looking at town centre decorations and events.
Newchapel Councillor and town team board member, Elsie Bates said: “It’s about time we do something about the Christmas lights in Kidsgrove because over the years they have just disappeared. I agree that times are tough but we must do our best to bring the feel good factor back to Kidsgrove and give people something to look forward to.”
The Town Council has also made the decision to invest £25,000 in security fencing for the allotments off Lamb Street. The site has been targeted by vandals and thieves over a long period of time and it was agreed something urgent needed to be done to improve security and remedy the problems. Members of the allotments committee made very clear that they were extremely pleased with the decision to secure the site.
Kyle say’s: “I am delighted that for a fifth year running we have made the decision to freeze the precept to leave hard earned money in peoples pockets. We have a fantastic town already and this is a budget full of positivity and town improvements – as well as a realistic eye for the future. The council achieved this freeze by acting responsibly with public money and saving in the good times. Although the town council’s share of annual tax bills is small, any saving is significant.”
The new tax year begins on April 1st. It is believed Newcastle Borough Council will also pass a Council tax freeze at its full council meeting in February.