Investments and Savings Announced in New Annual Budget

10th Dec 2019

Tenterden Town Council last night (9 December) announced the precept – its annual budget – for the coming year, which includes further investment in the town and a programme of significant savings.

Total expenditure for 2020/21 of £603,839 equates to just £3.07 a week for the average Tenterden household.

New items for the year include…..

  • £10,000 in provision for legal costs to challenge contentious elements in planning applications.
  • £10,000 for a professional gardener to improve our gardens and flowerbeds.
  • £5,000 in support for town events, including the return of Tentertainment
  • £5,000 for one-off grants, such as the Ivy Court Surgery social prescribing initiative, and
  • £1,500 to fund winter-hanging baskets in the High Street.

While a growing population inevitably means greater budgetary pressure for the council, significant savings have been made in the past year, such as…..

  • £18,000 overall savings in more effective operation of the Caretaker Scheme, the team which looks after the town’s maintenance and green spaces.
  • £15,000 in IT costs plus significant savings in printing, stationery and photocopying, following the introduction of iPads for all councillors.
  • £13,000 reduction in the cost of Christmas lights without reducing the number of trees which are lit.

 

Says Town Clerk Phil Burgess: “Tenterden is growing quickly, so every year we have the task of providing services to more people while at the same time keeping costs under tight control.

“This year’s budget underlines the council’s determination to keep investing in the town and sustaining our reputation as The Jewel in the Weald.

“We believe the precept represents excellent value for money, and as more housing becomes available from the Dandara and Taylor Wimpey developments, future town budgets will result in an even lower precept per household.”

For a full breakdown of the 2020/21 precept, please click here.