Spending plans to be revealed

Derbyshire Dales residents will get an overview next month of your District Council's spending plans for 2016/17 – including a Council Tax announcement.

The next round of Area Community Forums will be staged by the District Council in February in Ashbourne, Matlock and Bakewell and will feature feedback on a recent budget consultation and what the District Council's share of local Council Tax is likely to be from April.

A busy agenda will also include an update by Digital Derbyshire & BT on the roll-out of fibre optic broadband locally.

The Forums take place at three District Council venues: Ashbourne Leisure Centre on Wednesday 3 February, Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Wednesday the 17th and the Town Hall, Matlock, on Tuesday 23rd.

All start at 7pm and anyone who can't attend in person can email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council's Facebook and Twitter pages. The 3 February forum will also feature a live Twitter feed using the #dddc hashtag.

Councillor Lewis Rose OBEDistrict Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:

"In recent years we have been able to freeze our share of Council Tax thanks in no small part to the incentive payment offered by Government to local authorities who made no increase.

"That incentive isn't happening this year and this, together with a further cut in settlement funding, means we face a tougher challenge than ever to protect in the coming year the key services we provide for the people of the Derbyshire Dales while at the same time making savings of around £1-million.

"We look forward to answering questions on these challenges at the February forums as we analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme."

The Forums provide an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.

A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives from participating authorities.

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