Councillors approved a £700,000 investment programme for local communities, £9million for an improved Billericay Pool, and action to protect front line services and modernise residents’ services as part of Basildon Council’s budget.
The 2018/19 budget has been set following Full Council on Thursday 8 February. It is balanced with savings and income generation measures totalling £4.1million and a rise in council tax of 2.98%, equal to 15p a week on a Band D bill. All this is in the face of a 25% cut in central Government funding to the council – one of the biggest cuts to any council in the country.
Cllr Gavin Callaghan, Chairman of Basildon Council’s Policy and Resources committee, announced £9million in the Capital Investment Programme for 2019/20 to deliver an improved Billericay Pool to meet the needs of residents following a review. Detailed options will be presented to the Regeneration and Environment committee next month.
Cllr Callaghan said: “We are committed to shaping strong communities and vibrant town centres, and to promoting the wellbeing of our residents. We understand that the facilities on offer contribute to how attractive the borough is to live and spend time in, which is why we’re committed to investing in a swimming pool which will serve residents for generations to come.