Residents were given an overview of the District Council’s proposal to increase by 2.99% Council Tax for 2018/19 at the first of a series of public meetings, which is available to view now on YouTube.
The community forum held at Matlock Town Hall on 30 January was broadcast live and can be viewed again on the District Council’s YouTube channel.
A further Area Community Forum was held by the District Council in Ashbourne on 7 February, with the final one of the current series to be held at our Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre at 7pm on Wednesday 14 February, featuring an update on Council Tax and savings. View the presentations to the forums here.
The busy agenda also features an update on community safety issues, including the recent installation of updated CCTV cameras in the Dales’ busiest locations.
The 30 January forum also included additional items on the Matlock Hurst Farm Regeneration Project and consultation on a new proposed rota system at Matlock Fire Station,
Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said:
“Another cut in funding from Central Government in the coming year means we have to fight harder than ever to protect our services, which include enabling affordable housing, business support, leisure centres and health initiatives, waste and recycling collections, parks maintenance, street cleaning and leading on crime prevention initiatives.
“For some time now we have been reviewing all these services on a rolling basis to make them more cost effective, and, in some cases - notably our leisure centres – we have opted to do things very differently in the future.
“Working with partners and exploring shared service options are just two of the ways we continue to keep our heads above water, and our residents can be assured that we examine every penny of the 54p per day on average that they currently contribute to our services.
“So we are looking forward to answering questions at the forums on the continuing financial challenges we face as we analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme for the coming year.”
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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