MARCH TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
The next meeting of the Town Council will take place on
Thursday 16th March 2017 at 7pm, in
the Arncliffe Centre
To access the agenda click here
2017/18 BUDGET STATEMENT
HALEWOOD TOWN COUNCIL
2017/18 BUDGET STATEMENT
Members of Halewood Town Council are acutely aware of the financial pressures facing the residents of Halewood which seem to increase with each and every announcement from Central Government.
Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council (KMBC) themselves have recently publicised details of the funding cuts they have received from Central Government; cuts which Halewood Town Council has also had to bear.
These relentless cuts in public funding such as the scrapping the Council Tax Reduction Scheme Grant have meant that in the four years up to 2017/18 we have faced a cut in funding of almost £48,000 and we already know we will face a further cut of £27,000 in 2018/19. These cuts in Town Council funding have come on top of approximately £30,000 of additional costs every year for services taken over from KMBC, making a ‘funding gap’ of over £100,000.
Nevertheless, the Members of the Town Council are committed to improving its assets and its service to the community. We have recently attracted funding to refurbish Hollies Playground; we are about to embark on a spend of approximately £10,000 upgrading our security systems at both of our Centres and plan to spend a further £6,000 improving audio visual and presentational services at Hollies Hall. In the Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Members plan to modernise and improve greatly the kitchen facilities at a cost of almost £90,000.
The sustained nature of cuts and Members’ commitment to protect and improve services leaves the Town Council little option in 2017/18 but to increase the precept by 9%.
Whilst this may sound a large increase, on a Band D property, it equates to an increase of £5.82 per year, a little over 1.5p per day which, in total terms, sees Halewood with the lowest level of Town Council precept in the whole of Knowsley. With much of the housing stock in Halewood below Band D, many households will pay less than this.
The increased income from the precept will help off-set the loss of funding and will enable the Members and staff of the Town Council to continue to provide a high quality service to the residents of the Township.
A PLAY IN A PUB
‘TWO’ is a classic comedy set in a northern pub in the 1980’s. Actors Rachael Reason and Jake Ryan play the sparring landlady and landlord of the pub and 12 other ‘weird’ and ‘wonderful’ characters that visit the pub over the course of one eventful evening.
After a sell out run in 2014 with rave reviews ‘TWO’ is in
HOLLIES HALL, HALEWOOD on
Saturday 4th March 2017.
Tickets are £8.50 including a hot pot and apple pie supper and are on sale from Hollies Hall, from www.mateproductions.co.uk or by calling 0151 487 7418.
Please get your tickets early to see this brilliant production?
FEBRUARY TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
The next meeting of the Town Council will be held on
Thursday 16th February 2017
in The Arncliffe Sports and Community Centre, Arncliffe Road, Halewood, L25 9PA
To view the agenda click on the following link:
2017 COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Our Halewood community has many people who go out of their way to help others…
The Town Council wish to recognise and honour the unsung heroes of our community at the 2017 Community Achievement Awards to be held in Hollies Hall on Friday 21st April 2017.
To nominate an individual or a group, for an award this year please take time to complete the nomination form HERE and return it as shown on the form itself.