Northampton Town Council Freezes Amount Residents Will Pay in 2022/23
Written by Martin Steers on January 26, 2022
At its full Council meeting on Monday 24th January, Northampton Town Council agreed to freeze the amount of Council Tax residents will pay for its element of the bill.
The freeze means that the average property in Northampton parish will still pay £48.78 per annum (just under 94p per week) in 2022/23 to the Town Council, the same as in 2021/22.
Cllr Marriott, Chair of the Council’s Policy and Finance Committee proposed the budget and stating that he was pleased that it delivered on the principle that there would be no increase in the amounts residents have to pay. “This budget takes into account that the council is only 8 months old and is still establishing itself. The budget gives us the chance to see what we can deliver in the coming years as service and asset devolution begins to be considered by WNC.”
Northampton Town Council was created in April 2021 and has worked hard in its first year to establish itself, provide support and grants to local groups, and deliver fantastic events such as the annual fireworks, Christmas light switch on and Diwali festival.
The Town Council also has ambitious plans including the enhancement of existing events, and expanding the Northampton in Bloom project. In order to engage further with the community, the council are working with De Montfort University on a Community Needs Audit to better understand what local residents want.
One of the most successful projects this year has been the Community Grants Schemes. Through which funding has been distributed to a variety of organisations, from Spencer Royals FC to assist them in attending a football tournament, to Restore who are based in the town centre and who are providing advice to people who are in financial crisis. In 2022/23 the Town Council will increase it’s grants budget meaning that it will have £175,000 in 2022/23 to distribute to local clubs, charities, groups to support the fantastic work they do in our communities.
In the current year the Town Council has established a Climate Change Forum and that aims to work with local organisations to make Northampton greener, healthier and more sustainable. In the coming years the plan is to develop this and get as many people involved as possible.
The Town Council has also created an Accommodation Reserve. As it begins to consider the options with regards to the Guildhall which is currently owned and maintained by West Northants Council, and whether to look at alternate options in the future.
Cllr Birch who seconded the motion to approve the budget said “I am delighted that, the 2022/23 Budget was passed with a resounding majority. This is the result of collaboration by all councillors, in the four committees. Our priority is to respond to the needs of our residents and communities, ensuring we get the best value for money whilst building firm foundations for the future.” Cllr Birch added “the Town Council is already supporting many projects through generous grant schemes and we hope to support residents in celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee in style.”
The Town Mayor, Cllr Ashraf, was also praised for her work promoting the town and its long civic history.
Northampton Town Council have stated that they look forward to building on partnerships with all local stakeholders and organisations as they endeavour to build pride and confidence in our town.