COUNCIL chiefs at Wychavon District Council have unveiled their budget and strategy plans for the year ahead.
A major expansion to the existing garden waste scheme which will see an additional 4,000 customers in the district able to take up the fortnightly collection service has been revealed as part of the packages of measures.
Enhancements to recycling centres to see further items collected such as textiles, shoes and small electrical items have been recommended to the council for the next financial year.
The plans will also see Police and Crime Commissioner funding of £200,000 awarded to the South Worcestershire Community Safety Partnership to tackle rural and business crime, and a £30,000 investment in targeted cleaning in ‘hot spots’ in town centres across the district.
In response to Government cuts, the authority has teamed up with with Worcestershire County Council to provide £98,000 to continue with the welfare assistance scheme and a social lettings agency to help match landlords with those who struggle to rent from the private lettings market and housing associations are also in the proposals.
Coun Paul Middlebrough, Leader of Wychavon District Council said: “In another year when we will have reductions to our funding it is our belief that sticking to our smart financial management and our Grow, Save, Charge Business Plan has put us
in a very advantageous position.”
“Using the Grow element of our plan we continue to invest in areas where there is need and I’m very pleased not just with the selection of promises but also our budget proposals for 2015/16.”
“We look forward to Council’s backing of these proposals.”