Budget 2020 21 3

Town Council Statement

To help continue to fund an ambitious range of projects and services across the parish, the Town Council has been forced to increase the average Band D Council Tax charge by just under 50 pence per month. The increase represents the first change in Council Tax for 7 years and despite seeking ways to reduce the impact on residents, the increase from £149.58 to £155.50 per annum  will secure an on-going commitment to project and service improvement.

Conservative Council Leader Steve Jones said that “we are putting the council tax precept, our reserves to great effect by delivering over £1 million pounds worth of project and service improvements over the coming 5 years. The Town Council will this year provide over £65,000 worth of support to local voluntary and charitable organisations including Citizens Advice.  The highly acclaimed TACTIC service which provides help, advice and support to our young people will continue to offer specialist support where needed. The parish will also benefit from further investment in the award winning Parson’s Close Recreation Ground which will see the first inclusive adventure playground provided.
To support our environmental ambitions, drinking water fountains will be provided where possible within our parks.

Continuing investment will be made in events such as the Canal Festival and Christmas weekend. We will continue to expand town trails that presently include the children’s and heritage trail.  For our older persons, the Town Council will continue to support initiatives such as the monthly Tea Dance and Movies for the More Mature. In addition, a task force is shortly to be set up whose purpose is to identify what other activities we can provide”.

Town Council’s goals and objectives up until 2024.

Areas of Responsibility

Leighton Linslade Town Council is responsible for:

Parks                                                      Cemeteries
Allotments                                             Sports and Venue Hire
Markets                                                  The TACTIC Centre
Town Events                                          Mayoral Events
Councillors & Meetings                       Grants and Awards
The Children’s Trail                              Living History Trail

For a full list of Town Council responsibilities please visit our About the Council page.

Central Befordshire Council is responsible for:

Benefits                                                                     Community Safety
Health and Social Care                                           Education
Housing                                                                     Homelessness
Planning                                                                    Leisure and Countryside
Waste and Recycling                                               Roads and Transport

You can view Central Bedfordshire Council’s budget statement here: