The Town Council has prioritised maintenance of the local environment and safeguarding existing public services for 2015-16. At their meeting on 16 December the Council set its budget for 2015-16, which will come into effect on 1 April 2015 and was agreed by a unanimous vote. The aim is to preserve existing services such as Enfield Park and playground, public toilets and Churchfield car park, as well improving town maintenance, events, allotments and online service. New projects for the next financial year include a Neighbourhood Plan, a bus shelter, maintenance of the Skatepark and the opening of the new Cemetery at Lanteglos.
Cuts at Cornwall Council level mean that the Town Council are forced to accept a reduction of over £9,000 in grant income. Despite this, good financial management means that reserve funds can be used in conjunction with a small rise in the precept to deliver a wider breadth of services. The current rate of tax received by the Town Council from residents in Camelford is £2.50 per week for a D-band household; next year this will rise by 10p to £2.60.
Lee Dunkley, Town Clerk, said “To absorb such a large reduction in income from Cornwall Council and to increase the budget by over £17,000 next year is a bold move demonstrating that the Council wish to take on more responsibility for the community they serve. The rise in the precept is 10p per week with the majority of spending increases coming from underspend this year.”
Current budget £151675
Next year £168438
Council precept (tax)
Total current year £122422
Total next year £129897
D-band household current year £129.81 (£2.50 per week)
D-band household next year £135.05 (£2.60 per week)