Southend Council passes budget

Echo: Council leader Nigel Holdcroft Council leader Nigel Holdcroft

COUNCIL tax, parking fees and leisure charges in Southend will be frozen from April, but council rent will rise by £4.54 after the authority agreed its budget.

Southend Council agreed its £419million spending plans for the coming financial year last night.

The equivalent of 49.5 full-time posts will go, as the authority suffers a £7.6million drop in Government grants.

A total of £60million of new spending on projects is planned over the next four years, including £10million for the Airport Business Park, £2.5million to install low energy street lights and £8million to buy up and flatten empty offices in Victoria Avenue.

Council leader Nigel Holdcroft said: “By focusing provision and activity in this way our remaining resources can be directed to maintaining and improving the environment and facilities available to our residents, businesses and visitors to encourage and stimulate both financial and emotional investment and regeneration in the town and by abandoning those services which do not advance these aims or can be more effectively delivered by others.

“This is a budget which listens to our residents priorities, is based on sound Conservative value for money and common sense and leaves a town and council ready and prepared for the challenges still to come.”

For a report of the meeting see Monday’s Echo.

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6:27pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

Why is he grinnning ? people in social housing are the least likely to afforda rents rise.
Why is he grinnning ? people in social housing are the least likely to afforda rents rise. jolllyboy

6:28pm Fri 28 Feb 14

jolllyboy says...

Airport business park - just spotted that. Getting rid of the one that works now are we?
Airport business park - just spotted that. Getting rid of the one that works now are we? jolllyboy

11:15am Sat 1 Mar 14

Howard Cháse says...

jolllyboy wrote:
Why is he grinnning ? people in social housing are the least likely to afforda rents rise.
He's just heard the dinner gong for the free pies and ale club on double pies and gravy afternoon...
[quote][p][bold]jolllyboy[/bold] wrote: Why is he grinnning ? people in social housing are the least likely to afforda rents rise.[/p][/quote]He's just heard the dinner gong for the free pies and ale club on double pies and gravy afternoon... Howard Cháse

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