Budget set allows for improvements

PUBLISHED: 13:53 15 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:14 31 May 2010

NO DOUBT we can expect more letters from local Conservatives attacking the LibDems in the run-up to the elections. Contrary to Cllr Ketteridge s allegations, the LibDem administration on Uttlesford District Council has been discussing the possibility of

NO DOUBT we can expect more letters from local Conservatives attacking the LibDems in the run-up to the elections.

Contrary to Cllr Ketteridge's allegations, the LibDem administration on Uttlesford District Council has been discussing the possibility of a lower council tax increase with council officers since last summer.

But we did not publicise this until we had the full figures to show us whether it would be achievable.

At the same council meeting as the two per cent council tax increase was achieved we also adopted a medium term financial strategy.

This shows how the council will meet its financial targets.

The budget set allows us to improve local services - by for example opening our new customer service centre, and investing in new sustainable energy initiatives.

It has ensured the new waste collection system, helping people increase their recycling to over 50 per cent is fully funded.

We have also ensured we have sufficient funds to defend the district against over-development at Stansted Airport.

It is true the council's capital reserves have reduced over four years.

The capital reserve was a windfall, built up over a four year period, during which the council received £18million for the sale of council houses.

This has now happened; over the last four years only £2 million has been received from the sale of council houses.

Cllr Mark Gayler, Leader of Uttlesford District Council

Cllr Stephen Jones, Chair of UDC Operations Committee

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