Uckfield Town Council to finalise its budget tonight

Uckfield Town Council is due to finalise its budget for the year 2010/2011 at a meeting tonight and decide how much money it needs from residents to cover the cost of its work.

A budget summary to be considered by members shows a proposed an increase of 1.35 per cent over the current year. People living in homes paying council tax on the average Band D level would pay £131.63 as compared with £129.87.

The council's proposed expenditure for 2010/2011 is shown as £730,078.00, a 2.88 per cent increase over 2009/2010 when the proposed expenditure was £709,598.00.

The final council tax bill faced by Uckfield residents will also include funds for Wealden District Council, Sussex County Council, the Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue.

At a full town council meeting last month councillors worked on the draft budget.

Minutes of that meeting which will go before members tonight (Monday, 11) show that some councillors were concerned that sums had been included in the Environment and Leisure Committee budget 'without proper consideration of where and how those funds would be spent'.

The minutes say it was noted that there was to be a plan for Victoria Pleasure Grounds but this had not been fully formulated and rather than individual items being funded there should be a Victoria Development Fund.

This led to £4,000 for a climbing wall and £9,500 for a basketball court being removed from the budget with £10,000 being added instead to the Victoria Development Fund.

Funds of £2,000 allocated for wild flower plugs and seed and £4,000 for trees were halved.

The minutes say it was also felt the committee had not considered making provision for necessary items and it was agreed to include provision of £5,500 for allotment development, £5,000 in earmarked reserves towards resurfacing the car park at Ridgewood village Hall and reduce the amount allocated for a cemetery extension from £10,000 to £5,500.

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