At a special meeting of Arun District Council held on 22 February 2018, Councillors voted through the proposed budget for 2018/19, as introduced by Leader of the Council, Cllr Mrs Gillian Brown.
The budget statement holds a strong and positive message detailing a balanced budget which is sound and financially responsible.
The Leader announced that no borrowing had been needed to provide the new leisure centre in Littlehampton or the upgrades to the Arun leisure Centre in Felpham. She said “Both projects have been financed from the Council’s own resources. This means that the Arun community will be able to enjoy magnificent leisure facilities without any debt burdening future generations.”
We can also confirm that council tax has increased by just under 3% this year. That equates to £5.13 per year for a Band D property. This means that the Council provides all its services for just £3.39 a week (Band D property), a rise of just 10p per week to cover services such as planning, housing, parks, car parks, tourism, leisure, recycling and weekly refuse collection.
A highlight of this budget is that the Council will be working even harder to provide housing solutions for residents. 33 new council homes are nearing completion and provision has been agreed for another 250 homes over a ten year period. The Housing Revenue Business Plan has identified significant funds for investment into existing sheltered housing. This all means that accommodation for local people is high on the agenda.
Cllr Mrs Brown said in summing up “I consider that despite all the difficulties and changes that we are facing, our budget delivers excellent value for money and an affordable level of investment for essential services. Importantly it is deliverable and continues to support our highest priorities.”