A budget of £7,500 has been set aside for potential climate change projects in Uckfield in the coming financial year.
The money was allocated as town councillors agreed their overall budget for 2020/21 last night (January 20).
They also agreed to make more money available for distribution in grants to community groups.
The increase reflects some of the difficult decisions the council has had to make in recent years when faced with applications which totalled far more than the money available in the budget.
The ‘pot’ will now be £27,500, a rise of £2,500.
Groups that will be helped by grants agreed last autumn include the bonfire society, festival association and Uckfield College counselling service.
A full list can be found here
Council initiatives for 2020/21 include:
- Additional tree planting – £2,500 for the Tree for a Tree scheme. The first tree to be planted under this scheme is located next to the West Park recreation ground. See our report here.
- Bench on London Road by Southview Drive – £1,000;
- Grass verge cutting contribution to the county council – £4,300; and
- Memorial plaques/art project – £1,500. This idea is still being explored.
The budget for Civic Centre events drops to £20,000 from £17,500 to reflect a changed programme for the coming year.
The meeting agreed to increase the council’s share of the council tax by 2.92 per cent – a rise of £4.70 per annum on the current figure.
• Uckfield Town Council has just one portion of the overall council tax bill. East Sussex County Council takes the lion’s share with Wealden District Council, Sussex Police and East Sussex Fire and Rescue also making up the final total.