District Council set to reveal 2018/19 spending plans

Derbyshire Dales residents will get an overview of the District Council’s spending plans for 2018/19 at a series of public meetings.

The next round of Area Community Forums will be staged by the District Council in Matlock, Ashbourne and Bakewell and will feature an update on Council Tax and savings – and what the District Council’s share of local Council Tax is likely to be from April.

A busy agenda will also feature an update on community safety issues, including the recent installation of updated CCTV cameras in the Dales’ busiest locations.

The forums take place at Matlock Town Hall on Tuesday 30 January, at Ashbourne’s McMurty & Harding veterinary practice on Wednesday 7 February and at the Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre on Wednesday 14 February.

All start at 7 pm and anyone who can’t attend in person can email questions in advance to communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk or via the District Council’s Facebook and Twitter pages @derbyshiredales.

The 30 January forum, which will include additional items on the Matlock Hurst Farm Regeneration Project and consultation on a new proposed rota system at Matlock Fire Station, will be broadcast live on the District Council’s @derbyshiredalesdc YouTube channel.

Council Leader Councillor Lewis Rose OBE said: “Another cut in funding from Central Government in the coming year means we have to fight harder than ever to protect our services, which include enabling affordable housing, business support, leisure centres and health initiatives, waste and recycling collections, parks maintenance, street cleaning and leading on crime prevention initiatives. For some time now we have been reviewing all these services on a rolling basis to make them more cost-effective, and, in some cases – notably our leisure centres – we have opted to do things very differently in the future. Working with partners and exploring shared service options are just two of the ways we continue to keep our heads above water, and our residents can be assured that we examine every penny of the 54p per day on average that they currently contribute to our services.

“So we are looking forward to answering questions at the forums on the continuing financial challenges we face as we analyse the main areas of our revenue budget and capital programme for the coming year.”

The forums provide an opportunity for residents informally to meet representatives of the District Council and other organisations.

A Question Time session will enable audience members to ask questions and make comments and suggestions to the various representatives from participating authorities.

For further details or to be added to our added to the mailing list ring 01629 761302 or email communityforum@derbyshiredales.gov.uk