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Covering the villages of Wilsden and Harecroft

At our Parish Council meeting in February we agreed a budget for the year 2018/19. It was decided that we will spend £57,027 of which £53,210 will be raised through the precept, paid at the same time as your Council Tax. This means that the average council tax payer will pay £29.72 per year, which is an increase of £1.86 per year or 6.7%. In preparing this budget we have aimed to keep spending as low as possible, taking account of the areas where residents have asked us to make improvements. We believe that a precept costing 57p per week for the average house is good value for money for Wilsden residents and even the most expensive houses will not have to spend more than £1.15 per week.

The cost of running the council will remain the same as this year so all increases in spending will be to deliver services to our residents.  We expect to spend a further £5,000 to finalise our Neighbourhood Plan although some of that money could be spent during this financial year. Virtually all the spending so far on the Neighbourhood Plan has been covered by grants but we have now spent all the money available to us. Overall only 20% of the cost of producing the Neighbourhood Plan will have come from the precept when it is finalised. As the grants that the parish council makes to community groups becomes more well-known we are receiving an increasing number of requests for funding and we have increased the money available here. We have also increased our grants to Wilsden Village Hall and we will spend more on managing the green spaces around both Wilsden and Harecroft. This will include Wilsden Park and also other areas where we can improve the visual appearance. A copy of the detailed budget is available on our website.

We are very conscious that as Bradford Council makes cuts in the services that it delivers to our area there are demands on us to consider taking over some of these services and usually provide them more cost effectively than was the case previously. Looking at Bradford Council’s spending plans for the next two years there will be major cuts in street cleansing and youth services in 2019/20. We will be proactive in looking at the implications for the Wilsden area and investigate what it would cost for Wilsden Parish Council to maintain or improve the current level of service. Once we have established the potential impact for the precept level from April 2019 we consult as widely as possible to establish what residents want and what they are prepared to finance.