At a meeting of Full Council on Tuesday evening, Mumbles Community Council set their budget for 2020/21. It was a long meeting and hard decisions had to be made to ensure that exciting initiatives in response to the top priorities, as identified by residents and local businesses in the Community Plan consultation, can be taken forward while ensuring that the overall budget remained broadly in line with that in 2019/20. The budget was set at £569,625 so the annual precept for band D payers will be £57.99, just £2.70 a year more than last year.
The top three Priorities identified by the Consultation were Transport Issues, A Cleaner and Better Maintained Local Area and Outdoor Spaces. We have therefore ensured that much of our work next year supports these priorities as well as ensuring support for and compliance with the Well-being of Future Generations Act.
- We are aiming to create a low-speed environment to improve safety for both road users and pedestrians at West Cross top-shops and will use this as a pilot which, if successful, will be replicated in other key areas in future years.
- A key priority for our residents is addressing on-going issues with litter, dog mess and poorly maintained public areas and we will be undertaking a number of initiatives to tackle these. Due to the importance attached to these issues, we will be appointing an Environmental Engagement Officer to co-ordinate this work, maximise access to and use of our wonderful local environment and to ensure that we can provide a rapid response to identified concerns.
- We are hopeful that approval for the development of the Skatepark will soon be finalised and money ringfenced from the current year’s budget will provide match-funding for grant applications to undertake the work.
- We have allocated a further £100,000 towards the redevelopment of the Underhill Park changing rooms and provision of new public toilets. This will mean that, should Mumbles Community Association be in a position to start work sooner than the projected start date of May 2021, funding will be available.
The Community Plan consultation also confirmed strong support for the Community Council to take on the lease of the Ostreme Centre. The terms have now been agreed with the Diocese of Brecon and Swansea and this will secure the long-term future of the Centre as a community facility. We have allocated £20,000 to undertake immediate maintenance and repairs while we consider long-term plans for more extensive refurbishment of the building.
“I would like to thank all Councillors, and particularly the Chairs of the Well-being Committees, for their hard-work in preparing an exciting and ambitious programme for next year. Although we will not be able to take all the initiatives forward next year, we will continue with further work on them with a view to funding them in future years.” Cllr. Carrie Townsend Jones, Chair
Please download and read the full budget here