Wednesday, July 17, 2024

‘Approval of Spending Plans for 2024/25 by Council’

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West Berkshire Council has recently approved a new budget that promises to bring several improvements and investments to the area. With a focus on delivering cleaner road signs, a cheaper garden waste collection service, contactless bus payments, active travel schemes, and more, the 2024/25 budget is set to bring significant changes.

The budget allocates £174m towards delivering services across the district, with an additional £50m designated for infrastructure and improvement projects. Among the key projects included in the budget are the introduction of contactless payments on local buses, work on byways in Lambourn and Winterbourne, the final phase of the Thatcham flood alleviation scheme programme, and exploring the feasibility of generating clean energy through a solar farm and micro-hydroelectric station.

In addition, the budget proposes investing £331m in capital projects over the next ten years. This year alone, around £174m will be spent on more than 700 statutory services for local residents, ranging from waste collection and recycling services to social care and support for vulnerable individuals.

Councillor Jeff Brooks, Acting Leader of West Berkshire Council, highlighted the importance of the new budget in strengthening the council’s finances and delivering better services to residents. He emphasized the commitment to improving value for council tax while investing in services and infrastructure to enhance residents’ lives.

Overall, the 2024/25 budget sets a positive tone for the new administration, showcasing a dedication to delivering for local people in the years to come. Residents can learn more about the budget and spending priorities by watching the latest YouTube video featuring Councillor Brooks.

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