Town council freezes its precept for the year
Cramlington Town Council has agreed to freeze its precept for the next financial year.
The precept, which funds town council services and is collected as part of the County Council’s wider council tax bill, will be an annual charge of £113 for properties in council tax band D.
Town and County Councillor Wayne Daley said: “As local representatives we have to appreciate that the last year many Cramlington residents have been hit hard financially and we, as local representatives, have to do all we can to ease the pressures faced by many families.
"So, we’ve taken some tough decisions but for the right reasons.”
Despite maintaining the precept at its current level the Town Council will be undertaking important projects including spending £200,000 on refurbishing playgrounds and providing a brand-new playground at Alexandra Park; providing a new outdoor gym at Horton Park; take ownership of the Eastfield Pavilion; and developing a Covid recovery plan.
Among key savings identified are to provide enhanced environmental maintenance to take on floral planting and other services which will save more than £160,000.
Coun Mark Swinburn, Chairman of the Town Council’s Services Committee, said: “Although we have made major savings, service quality will not be affected.
"We expect major improvements to be made and having our own workforce will mean we can respond more flexibly and effectively than before.”
Town Mayor, Loraine De Simone added: “In broad terms, the emphasis of the work now undertaken by the Town Council is changing from mainly environmental to people-based initiatives.
“Over the last two years the Town Council has steadily devoted greater resources to community and youth initiatives and the demands of the pandemic have accentuated this move away from more traditional patterns of spending.
"This will be crucial to local communities that have been most affected by the pandemic.”