South Holland District Council cabinet members agree 2019/20 budget
High-quality affordable homes, economic investment and protecting public services form part of a new budget for South Holland.
A total budget, including spending of nearly £40million in 2019/20, was approved by district council cabinet members today ahead of a full council meeting later this month.
During the meeting on February 27, councillors will also consider a recommendation to increase the district council's share of the precept by under £5 a year for almost 95 per cent of households in South Holland from April, the lowest percentage rise in Lincolnshire.
Coun Nick Worth, the district council's deputy leader, said: "It is excellent news to once again be able to announce a balanced budget and strong financial plan for the future of South Holland.
"Everyone involved has worked hard to ensure there are no cuts to our frontline service delivery and that significant savings and income can be found through in-house changes and the diversification of our assets.
"Our prudent approach puts us in a strong position for the challenges ahead and to manage any changes from the Fair Funding Review, without negatively affecting our residents or the services they receive.
"It brings invaluable investment and developments for the district which will have a far-reaching and positive impact for all our residents and businesses.
"The budget also proposes an exciting opportunity to support the local economy and community, and to help create a thriving future for South Holland, making it a great place to work, live and visit."
Planned investment in new homes includes £1.1million for Homes England to help deliver 34 affordable homes off Small Drove, Weston.
Allowances have also been made for the purchase of other land and properties in the district, with the removal of the Housing Revenue Account borrowing cap offering an opportunity to develop more new homes for residents.
The proposed budget also sets out the council's non-dependence on the Central Government New Homes Bonus in 2019-20, to be used instead on funding a £500,000 community reserve for the district, more details of which will be given in the coming months.
There has also been investment from the Housing Infrastructure Fund to support the delivery of the northern section of the Spalding Western Relief Road, in conjunction with Lincolnshire County Council.
Major changes announced in the budget include the change of the leisure provision contract to Parkwood Leisure from March 1, plus additional income streams generated through investment in council assets.
One of these involves the council's Priory Road offices in Spalding where Jobcentre Plus and Citizens Advice teams have moved to in order to create a ‘one-stop shop’ for residents’ needs.