The proposals for the 2020/21 budget have now been published and can be viewed on our website www.fylde.gov.uk. Feedback from all stakeholders received before 20th February 2020 will be considered at the budget-setting Council meeting of 4th March 2020. Feedback should be submitted by email using listening@fylde.gov.uk or by post to Budget Consultation Feedback, The Town Hall, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, FY8 1LW.

For 2020/21 the Council is proposing several capital growth items. These seek to enhance the local environment for the residents and visitors and include:

  • Funds towards the Kirkham High Street Heritage Action Zone
  • Funds towards the Elswick Village Green scheme
  • Funds towards the Wesham regeneration scheme
  • Additional funding for Children’s Play Areas
  • Further investment at Lytham Park cemetery
  • A drainage improvement scheme at Blackpool Road North Playing Fields
  • Improvements to the Council depot at Snowdon Road
  • The refurbishment of the public toilets at Pleasant Street Car Park in Lytham
  • The creation of several hydration points (water fountains) within the borough
  • The development of digital signs to deliver information to residents and visitors

In addition to the capital growth proposals there are 3 further revenue budget proposals for 2020/21 including:

  • Additional support for Citizens Advice Fylde
  • Additional staffing resources for the popular Splash water play facility in St Annes
  • Additional resources for the maintenance and provision of bus shelters

All of these will contribute to ensuring Fylde is a vibrant and thriving place to live and visit and residents will be asked to contribute a modest additional sum within their Council Tax to ensure this is achievable.

For 2020/21 there is a proposed overall increase for Council Tax of less than 10p per week for a Band D property which is less than the maximum increase allowed and will help to safeguard services.

Councillor Karen Buckley, Chairman of the Finance and Democracy Committee, said:

“At Fylde we challenge budgets every year to make sure taxpayers’ money is spent wisely. Savings are re-invested in the borough and every opportunity is taken to secure extra funding from Central Government in the form of grants.

Nobody likes paying council tax and, even though the amount paid to Fylde on the council tax bill is comparatively low, it is important that residents have confidence in the services provided and that they remain high quality and provide value for money. Unlike many authorities, we are not increasing council tax to the maximum allowed, instead choosing an increase of an average of £4.11 per annum for a Band D property.”

Fylde Council is delighted with the success of the Kirkham Town Centre Bid for funding as a ‘High Street Heritage Action Zone’, part of the Government’s Future High Street Funding initiative. We would like to make a similar aspirational commitment to the regeneration and revitalisation of St Annes town centre. All opportunities for external funding will be explored in pursuit of this initiative and the Council wish to indicate its own willingness to support the endeavour by confirming that financial support to a St Annes town centre regeneration scheme will be a priority commitment from earmarked reserves.

The budget consultation can be found on the website following this link.