Opportunity to give views on Borough Council budget

Published: Monday, 11 January 2016

Northampton Borough Council is reminding people to have their say about the council’s budget proposals for the next financial year.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday 21 January from 6-8pm at The Guildhall and will offer the opportunity for people to comment on the plans the council is proposing to make savings, keep costs low and give tax payers the best value for money whilst continuing to invest in the town’s economy.

This year, the Borough Council’s budget proposals would see the local authority:

  • Continue to fund the opening hours of Abington Park Museum during the winter months
  • Invest in a fireworks display and Christmas Market/events in Northampton to attract visitors and boost the local economy
  • Continue to invest in Northampton in Bloom to provide floral displays all year round to help improve the look of the town
  • Invest in an enhanced proactive tree management service for the next five years, based on the requirements of a revised policy
  • Reduce funding to the Royal and Derngate Theatre

Councillor Mike Hallam, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for finance, said: "We would like to encourage as many people as possible to take a look at our proposals and let us know what they think of the plans which we hope will help us continue to make Northampton an even better place to live, work and do business in.

Anyone interested in taking part in the consultation can see a copy of the draft budget online at www.northampton.gov.uk/budget2016 ahead of the public meeting on 21 January.

Alternatively, people can also have their say on the proposals by filling in the online survey, attending the Audit Committee meeting on Monday 18 January at 6pm, or by attending the Overview and Scrutiny Committee meeting on Wednesday 20 January at 6pm.

The budget consultation runs until 31 January. More information is available at: www.northampton.gov.uk/budget2016