Residents are urged to have say on budget

Cramlington residents are being encouraged to comment on the town council’s budget for 2014-15 before a final decision is taken on spending.

Cramlington Town Council has an essential, or ‘base’ budget, of £300,000.

But the members have put forward plans which they believe will deliver improvements to the services it provides and the quality of the environment in Cramlington, which would see that budget increase by an additional £150,000.

Extra plans include maintaining and improving the fabric of the town, such as a painting programme for bus shelters railings, replacement fencing to allotment sites using steel palisades and improvements to subways; and major environmental improvements to the approaches to Cramlington with an initial focus on East Cramlington and the area surrounding the new hospital.

Other plans included are the restoration of Alexandra and Seven Oaks parks, and enhancements to the town square to include the provision of an area for a market and events.

The additional plans will increase the budget to around £450,000, which for most households would mean a charge of between £38 and £50 a year.

Detailed proposals and information on how to comment are published on the council’s website or alternatively are available from the council’s offices in Concordia.

The council will also be holding a public consultative meeting for local residents to consider the budget proposals on Wednesday, January 22, at Shankhouse Club, Clifton Road, Cramlington, at 6.30pm.