Our independent columnist Observer looks at the town council’s spending ideas and asks what it means for the council tax; plus a Dog of the Week and rail line disruption.
Town councillors set out a vision this week of what they think is important, based on what people are telling them.
That’s democracy at work and why we have a lengthy, and costly, list of items councillors are considering putting in their budget for the next financial year.
So among items up for consideration are:
- A PCSO at £31,000;
- An environmental warden at £15,000;
- Improvements to leisure areas at £7,200.
On top of that, the council will need:
- Thousands of pounds if it is to take over the running of the now closed public loos at Luxford Field
- And a fair chunk of money to put in more litter bins, which are sorely needed.
If all those ideas are finally approved after a lengthy budget process the Uckfield Town Council share of the council tax will jump.
And, you must remember, a lot of these will incur ongoing running costs which will affect the budget for years to come.
I can make out a good case for a dedicated Uckfield PCSO – I haven’t seen one for months.
I can make out an equally good case for an environmental warden, as long as the duties involve litter picking.
I support improvements to the leisure facilities and admire what has been done in recent years.
Some weeks back I warned the town council of the danger of “mission creep” – taking on the jobs that properly belong to other authorities, such as the police, the county council and Wealden council.
If this lot goes through it will – in military terms – go from mission creep to a full-scale invasion.
Townspeople can see the costs, but what do they mean in council tax terms?
My friend in the Dog and Duck reckons for every £5,500 the council spends, the band D council tax goes up by £1.
The policies set out will be popular in many quarters. How affordable are they?
DOG OF THE WEEK has to be Blaise who has a bank account at Lloyds. I just loved this story and wonderful photograph with the Golden Retriever with its cheque book in its mouth.
ON THE TRAINS: The headline said Uckfield Line rail line disruption a month away (when talking about closures to allow platform lengthening works).
My immediate thought was, no it’s not.
I bet disruption is less than a few hours away.
I wasn’t disappointed.