Millions of pounds of investment incoming

Central Beds Council
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Central Beds Council has agreed its budget plans for 2015/16.

And its spending plans, which were approved at a full council meeting this week, include millions of pounds in local investments.

The council has not raised its slice of the council tax bill for the fifth consecutive year.

And the spending plans reflect the feedback from the Budget 2015 campaign, which saw more than 3,000 people taking part in surveys and consultation. Front-line services are being protected with the shortfall being made up through efficiency savings such as cutting overheads and running costs and delivering services differently.

Amongst the investments planned for the county is funding for the ongoing programme of creating 6,500 new school places over the next five years, and a multi-million-pound pledge to maintain the road network and invest in new schemes, with £200,000 pledged for the Biggleswade transport interchange and £2,290,000 towards strengthening work on Stratton Street railway bridge work.

There are also plans for a revamp of the Tidy Tips in Biggleswade, £4.4million to clean up and rejuvenate high streets across Central Bedfordshire, including Biggleswade and Sandy, and £2million earmarked for the wider development of Stratton Business Park, which could generate up to 3,500 jobs.

Among the headline figures for the £186.5million revenue budget are plans to spend £63.7million on social care health and support services, £44.2million on children’s services, £36.4million on community services and £10million on public health services targeted at supporting residents to live healthy lives and improve their health and well-being.

Councillor Maurice Jones, Executive Member for Corporate Resources thanked those who took part in the consultation.

And he said: “Despite times being tough and having a large savings target to meet, we hope that the significant investment we are planning in our public services will make a real difference to the lives of our residents for many years to come.”

For full details of the plans visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.ukbudget2015