Later this month people in Northampton will have the chance to discuss plans to freeze council tax, provide free parking and support the town’s businesses and communities.
On Thursday 30 January Councillors at the Guildhall will be holding a public meeting for anyone interested in discussing Northampton Borough Council’s budget proposals. The meeting is open to anyone who would like to hear the proposals, ask a question or offer an idea.
This year’s budget includes:
A range of proposals that would see around £2 million in savings being made by the authority. Savings are being achieved through a challenging programme of internal cost-cutting measures that will tackle this year’s budget shortfall and prevent the budget gap growing even further in 2015/16.
In addition to savings the Borough Council will set up a business incentive scheme to fill empty properties and help small businesses. And increasing the amount of free parking is being proposed to help bring more shoppers into the town centre. There are also plans to invest more than £13 million on infrastructure and regeneration projects in Northampton.
Councillor Alan Bottwood, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for finance said: "This is your chance to talk to us about how we are making savings and investing in the future of our town.
“These are challenging times, and we want to make sure every penny is invested supporting the people and businesses of Northampton.
"So please take some time to read our proposals and tell us what you think. We have arranged for a public meeting to be held at the Guildhall so that you can talk to leading Councillors about our plans and how you would like the Borough Council to prioritise where we invest and save."
If you would like to attend the meeting or are interested in submitting a question before the meeting or find out more about Northampton Borough Council’s budget plans are available online: www.northampton.gov.uk/budget2014.