New budget proposals to build a greater Harlow

Civic Building

HARLOW Council’s new budget proposals include zero council tax increase, no cuts to services and a £1m investment to improve Harlow.

The council is working hard to keep our neighbourhoods clean and well maintained and is providing long term funding to secure the futures for Pets Corner and the Playhouse.

Councillor Emma Toal, Deputy Leader of the Council said: ‘ “Harlow is 70” did so much to bring the community together and that legacy must live on.’

The council has plans to build more council houses, protect housing services and include a 1% reduction for tenants. The average weekly housing rent will go down from £91.73 to £90.74.

There is also funding plans for further fire safety measures to council tower blocks. Councillor Mike Danvers, Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: ‘Our commitment is to do everything we can to protect services, protect jobs and invest in improving Harlow. With this proposed budget we are doing all three along with freezing council tax for our residents. There wont be many councils this year that can say the same.’

The proposals include:

No Council tax increase for 2018/19 – a Band C home will continue to pay £4.65 a week for Harlow Council services.
£1m one-off investment to improve the look of and to tidy up neighbourhoods and estates across the town.
Long term funding for both the playhouse and for pets corner. Funding to employ three permanent communities, safety officer to working shopping centres.

Funding for an annual street carnival.

Fees in council-owned car parks frozen for the fifth year running.

One hour free parking to continue in neighbourhood shopping centres and in the town park.

No compulsory redundancies.

No increases in allowances for councillors.

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Charlotte Langham

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