At Full Council last Thursday myself and Pat Gulvin voted with our colleagues for the budget for the next financial year.
Due to a multi-million pound reduction in the Medway Council budget the books were balanced (due to re-structuring with minimal job losses & a better for less campaign) and some fantastic schemes will be introduced which will help the residents of Princes Park and Medway.
Free swimming will be introduced for the under 11s and over 60s.
£250,000 for pot hole repairs
£500,000 for highway repairs
£75,000 for adult play schemes
£50,000 for alloment improvements
Sure Start has been declared safe including the one at Kingfisher School
£92,000 for extra library books
£100,000 for apprenticeship schemes
£250,000 allocated for the introduction of a freedom pass
Ridgemeadow site re-instated for use by Bradfields School and a special autism unit
Front Line services are protected
Parking charges frozen
And of course...not to forget this is all being done with the Council Tax being frozen for another year!
With other Councils cutting Front Line services this budget should be a positve one for everyone in Princes Park.
posted by matt bright