Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Local Investment By Council While Budget Is Squeezed - Have Your Say!


Councillors at Central Bedfordshire are looking at their budget for 2016/17 that will affect our Council Tax.

Up to £278million is budgeted for capital projects over the next four years from external and council funding. Major projects being proposed across Central Bedfordshire include

  • £75.3million on new school places, 
  • £41.8million on highway schemes, 
  • £8.5million on the ongoing upgrade of all tidy tips including a new site at Thorn Turn, near Houghton Regis, 
  • £9.5million on providing disabled facilities grants, 
  • £4.6million on improving care home provision, 
  • £7.6million on rolling out superfast broadband to more homes and 
  • £4million to improve our market towns.
  • £13.4million on redeveloping Dunstable Leisure Centre and expanding provision to accommodate other services including a new library, 
  • £806,000 will be spent on regenerating Houghton Hall, 
  • £18million of external funding will be spent on Woodside Link to connect Houghton Regis to the new motorway junction 11a and 
  • £3million of external funding will be spent on detrunking the A5 in Dunstable and associated redevelopment once the A5-M1 Link opens in spring 2017.


Your money, your views

To have your say on the council’s spending plans, visit the dedicated Budget 2016 page, or pick up a paper copy of the consultation questionnaire at council offices in Dunstable and Chicksands, and in libraries, leisure centres, children’s centres and customer service centres.

The closing date to have your say is Monday, 8 February with councillors then considering all responses before the final budget is approved by full council at a meeting on 25 February.