Views sought on the council’s planned budget

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Cramlington Town Council is asking residents what improvements they would like to see in the area to help set the budget for the next year.

Chair of the Town Council, Jean Whisson, said: “We are currently looking at budget options including a potential small, seven per cent increase in the council tax precept that could boost our budget by £56,000 – this would mean that the average household would pay just 11 pence per week more for better services and more improvements to your area.”

The new schemes this will help provide include: Offer a local person an apprentice opportunity within the Services Team (£7,000); improving community engagement and communications (£12,000); additional CCTV cameras (£10,000); further wildflower seeding at Beacon Hill (£15,000); and local environmental improvements identified by councillors and residents (£12,000).

Mrs Whisson added: “If we don’t go for this small increase then we will not be able to provide the kind of services we believe residents deserve and will have to stop our improvement plans.

“But before any decision is taken, the council is seeking the views of residents. We want to know what you think about our priorities and proposals.”

The budget proposals can be viewed at and the closing date for comments is December 23.