Ambitious council looking forward

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NEXT year’s budget for Wisbech Town Council confirms it is an “ambitious, forward-looking and extremely efficient council”.

The comments were made by former mayor Roger Green, who chairs the finance committee, as he presented the budget at Monday night’s Town Council meeting.

Mr Green said: “While many town and parish councils are content to merely embrace what they already have, we are eager to take on more responsibility.”

As examples of this Mr Green highlighted how the Town Council has regained ownership of the North Brink Town Hall, persuaded the district council to return almost 70 acres of allotments, and is now negotiating taking control of the Market Place and hopefully putting an end to the long-standing problems that exist there.

He praised former town clerk Christine Newman for helping the council achieve quality status and current clerk Erbie Murat for being instrumental in piloting the council’s upward course.

This has involved building up reserves from £21,000 to £100,000.

The council will continue to support CCTV to the tune of £25,000, £20,550 for special projects including the two music festival staged in the town this year, the Rose Fair and Wisbech in Bloom, and setting aside £4,250 in smaller grants to organisations.

The allotments are expected to bring in £7,000 and some of this will go towards an increased maintenance programme.

Councillors backed the precept increase of 2.55 percent - 68p a year.

This means the Town Council’s part of the Council Tax bill will be £27.41 based on an average band D property. Currently it is £26.73.

Mr Green said he has kept to the promise he previously made to keep the increase to under three percent.