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Wyre’s budget is approved for the year ahead

Wyre's budget 2019 Published Friday, 08 March 2019

Wyre Council has decided to follow the government’s lead, raising council tax by £5.80 a year on a Band D home, an increase of just over 11p per week.

Wyre’s budget and council tax for the year ahead were approved at a meeting of Full Council on Thursday 7 March.

Councillor David Henderson, Leader of Wyre Council comments:

“This year, council tax for Wyre has increased by £5.80 on a Band D property, which means that the overall cost for all Wyre's services is 55p per day. Wyre Council collects council tax on behalf of all the authorities that provide services in the area but our element equates to just 11% of your total bill. The average Band D property will pay £199.74 to Wyre Council for the year.

“For this, we manage a range of services including street cleaning, waste and recycling, parks and open spaces, licensing, housing support, planning and building control, environmental health and leisure and tourism.

“In the forthcoming year we have received a reduction in funding from the government of £390,000 or 10% compared to 2018/19. Over the nine years up to and including 2019/20 we have lost £7m in funding which is the equivalent of 79% of our grant back in 2010/11, which was £8.9m.

“However, we have continued to make significant achievements through protecting and improving council services. It’s been another award winning year as four of our parks have received Green Flag awards and four of our beaches have received Seaside Awards once again. Poulton New Cemetery was also awarded Gold in its category at the Cemetery of the Year Awards.

“Fleetwood Market won ‘Lancashire retail experience of the year’ at the Lancashire Tourism Awards and North of England ‘Best of Britain’ business award 2018. Recent developments at the market include an online shop and the launch of the Digital Help Centre with Citizen’s Advice which continues to help hundreds of local people to get online. We also enjoyed a successful launch of a new market at Cleveleys which will now take place every year from April to September.

“We have been extremely successful in securing funding from external sources which allows us to keep investing in the borough. Examples include £1.8m of funding from the Better Care Fund for us to deliver Disabled Facilities Grants providing adaptations to enable people with disabilities to live at home more independently and a £2m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to continue work to revive the Mount Pavilion and gardens in Fleetwood.

“Our commercial focus remains strong as we strive to make best use of our venues whilst ensuring all our fees and charges remain low for community use. The Civic Centre in Poulton is now shared with both Lockwood GP Surgery and two of Lancashire’s policing teams. Many of our venues are now licensed to host weddings and we launched our new wedding packages earlier this year for Marine Hall, The Mount, Thornton Little Theatre and the Civic Centre.

“We continue to work with our partners to develop the Hillhouse Technology Enterprise Zone in Thornton. The site will benefit from investment worth millions and government support to expand, creating jobs in the area and attracting greater awareness of the borough’s potential for growth.

“Our vision is to make Wyre a healthy and happy place where people want to live, work, invest and visit.  Wyre is in a strong position financially. We have a proven track record of bringing in external funding and we will continue to invest now to save money in the future to ensure our vision becomes a reality.”

Find out more at www.wyre.gov.uk/budget

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