Thank you for an excellent and factual story on the Littlehampton Town Council budget for the coming year.
Unfortunately, the headline gave the impression that all of the extra £2.19 (or 4p a week for the average household) was going towards doubling the very popular Screen on the Green film show in August.
In fact the increase is going to a whole range of services, including more grants to voluntary groups, new allotments at Kingsley Gate, enhancing the no 12 & 15 bus service, new town gateway signs, Centenary events for the First World War’s end, and (with Arun District Council) investing in a new Skate Park for youngsters. We are also exploring a new building for the Keystone Youth Centre, a playground at Rosemead Park, and possible free wifi on the seafront .
All this, and lots more, for a modest 1.9 per cent increase to £118 per year for the average house.
Contrast that with the whopping eight per cent increase to £166 from the Police & Crime Commissioner, for a reducing service, a five per cent increase to £1,318 from the county council, with underfunded schools, road repairs and Care for the Elderly, and a three per cent increase to £171 from Arun District Council whilst holding £8million of our money as reserves!
It emphasises the prudent budgeting and great value for money from the town council!
Dr James Walsh
Chair of Policy & Finance & Deputy Mayor,
Littlehampton Town Council
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