Proposed budget taken to the streets of Leighton

Councillors Amanda Dodwell, Ray Berry and Mark Versallion
Councillors Amanda Dodwell, Ray Berry and Mark Versallion

Councillors were out in force at train stations and town centres on Thursday, seeking views on Central Bedfordshire Council’s budget proposals for 2015-16.

Despite a significant reduction in Government funding and increased demand for services from a growing and ageing population, the proposal is to freeze council tax for the fifth consecutive year while protecting services.

It is also proposed to make further investment in services such as roads, leisure centres and housing for the elderly.

The council says this has been achieved by a focus on delivering real efficiencies year on year through a long term plan, and the benefits of economic growth of £14m next year and £84m over five years.

Councillors met more than 2,000 residents at Leighton Buzzard station and in the town centre. Councillor David Bowater said “There was strong support from residents for the council tax freeze”.

Councillor Amanda Dodwell added: “Residents commented on the good performance of the council, maintaining services despite cuts to funding, and the new facilities in Leighton Buzzard such as Astral Park and the investment in Tiddenfoot leisure centre.”

The consultation runs until February 3y. Residents can also access the survey online at www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/budget2015