All 48 Tendring District Councillors are to be given £1,000 to spend on Platinum Jubilee events and activities.
The spending was revealed after the council approved its annual budget for the 2022/23, which will see its share of council tax bills rise by £5 to £182.64 for the average Band D home – though many will receive a rebate due to national government’s announcement of support to tackle the rising cost of energy bills.
Calling the budget "fiercely ambitious", TDC leader Neil Stock said it would help complete important projects , including the workspace and covered market development at Jaywick Sands, redevelopment of the Starlings site in Harwich, and replacement of the cremators at Weeley Crematorium.
Cllr Stock also set out that the New Homes Bonus given to TDC from government had been confirmed, meaning that demolition of the Milton Road car park in Dovercourt and the building of houses upon it – a project supplementing the Starlings work – could be considered for funding.
In his budget speech to a full council meeting on Tuesday, February 15, Cllr Stock said: "We have continued to respond to Covid-19 issues but also seamlessly continued with the provision of our day-to-day services. Through our approach to financial management and planning, priority setting, sound stewardship and ambition we can continue to make a difference for our residents and businesses as well as looking after the district and its natural environment.
“The necessary £5 increase to council tax built into the long-term forecast is lower than the rate of inflation, and in real terms the lowest increase for many, many years. What we do need to do is see where the investment gives the biggest ‘bang for our buck’ in terms of delivering high quality services and delivering against our priorities.”
Also included within the general fund budget were continued grants to town and parish councils, £352,000 to continue temporary posts for a further year in the Community Ambassadors, Street Ranger and waste and recycling teams. The Housing Revenue Account budget was also passed at the meeting to secure the future of tenants’ homes and enable the council to deliver on its commitments to provide new homes for local people.
- Read Neil Stock's full budget speech - download a copy here.