Many of you will have seen the publicity we put out on Facebook and on our Website in February regarding the budget and precept that Mumbles Community Council has set for 2018-19 and the increase was generally positively received as people were pleased that at last MCC was doing something for Mumbles.
However, for those of you who may have missed this information, here is a brief explanation of our thinking as to why we felt the precept needed to be increased.
As you will remember, a new council was elected in May and we were determined to ensure that we responded to what we were hearing from our electorate about what they wanted to see happening in the MCC area. The new council wants to be transparent in how it works and not to make promises that they can’t keep. Therefore we have listened to you and worked hard to try to ensure that we address as many of your concerns as possible to make sure that we are working towards bringing the MCC area up to the standard that our residents expect and deserve.
Everything is project led. Every item in the budget has been costed, had a site visit or has taken advice from CCS or other experts, and then presented to full council. Full council voted on every item individually. If there wasn’t a majority, it wasn’t put in.
We were led by what members of the public asked for and our obligations under the Wellbeing Act.
We identified that the greatest demands were for improving the health and well-being of residents and visitors alike, providing new, or upgrading existing, facilities for young people in the area and for ensuring that we have a clean, attractive and healthy environment.
Much of the budget is going on small but important work such as providing bike shelters, improving road safety around our schools, increasing the hours for street cleaning and parking enforcement and replacing and renewing damaged benches, tables, gym and play equipment, pathways and signage.
Wherever possible the money provided by MCC will be used as matchfunding to enable both MCC and local organisations and community groups to attract further grant funding, thus significantly increasing the value of the money provided from MCC. This is the case with three major projects that are in the planning: Go Underhill, Langland Bay Tennis Courts and a new Skatepark.
Most of you should by now have received our Spring Newsletter, if not it will be with you shortly. This has more information about many of the projects we are planning for this year and the full budget is printed on Page 10. The newsletter is also available electronically on our website at www.mumbles.gov.uk/newsletter.
For the average household in Band D, the precept is still only just over £1 a week and we are confident that when you see what we are planning to do with the money you will consider that to be good value for money.
If you have any questions about any particular item in the budget please contact the Clerk at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will pass your query to the relevant Committee Chair.