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Have your say on Town Council spending

Newbury Town Council spends over £1 million a year delivering a range of services. Most of this money is raised through Council Tax, the Council is now asking the public for their views on current services, in addition to where future funds should be spent.

Some of the Council’s largest assets include Victoria Park, the Town Hall, the Market and the town’s allotments and cemeteries. It also maintains a number of playgrounds, recreational grounds and other open spaces.

Leader of the Town Council, Cllr Adrian Edwards, said: “Your Council is committed to make Newbury a better place to live, work and visit. We’re keen to hear which services matter most to you, as this will help ensure that we deliver the high-quality services that the people of Newbury need.”

As in recent years, the Town Council may be called upon to deliver services which were formerly run, or funded by West Berkshire Council. Over the past two years, The Wharf public toilets and library services have been saved through funding from Newbury Town Council’s budget.

Deputy Leader of the Council, Cllr Miles Evans, added: “The devolution of services has presented this council with a number of opportunities, and may do so again in the future. We always aim to ensure maximum value when spending public money and so your input on future funding is crucial.”

As part of the consultation, the Council will also be hosting a Coffee Morning in the Council Chamber in the Town Hall on Saturday 22 September, where Councillors and Officers will be available to discuss these matters with the public and to receive responses to the consultation.

The consultation and survey closes on Sunday 30 September 2018 and the outcomes will be reported to Full Council on 29 October.

The consultation can be found on their website www.newbury.gov.uk

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