Cornwall Council draft budget on the agenda for the Launceston Community Network Panel meeting

Residents of the Launceston area are invited to attend the December meeting of the Launceston Community Network Panel. Items on the agenda include Community Chest Celebration, Cornwall Council draft budget 2019/20, Community Network Highways Scheme, and Library Devolution.

The meeting takes place on Thursday 13 December 2018, between 6.30pm and 9pm, at The Guildhall, Launceston Town Hall.

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Representatives from some of the groups which received Cornwall Councillor Community Chest awards last year will be in attendance. This is an opportunity to hear about the fantastic work of local groups and the projects they have delivered.  In addition it is an opportunity to find out more about the Community Chest Grants available.

Also on the agenda is an opportunity to learn about and discuss the Council’s draft budget for 2019/20 and MTFP.  This will be led by Cllr Adam Paynter.

With the need to reduce spending by another £70 million over the next four years with Government grant decreasing and demand for services increasing the Council has to find ways to be more efficient and balance the budget. The Council will have to be self-financing after 2022 with funds coming from Council tax, business rates and income from fees and charges. We will be asking people how they would spend the budget, how much they would increase Council tax by or how else they would raise additional money, and if they would support the principle of voluntary contributions.

The Community Network Panel will also consider priorities under the Community Network Highways Scheme.

The Launceston Community Network Panel meets every other month to discuss matters that affect the local community and to agree priorities that can be delivered by Cornwall Council and other agencies including the police and health services. Some of the areas that community networks focus on include anti-social behaviour, economic development, the environment, community planning, regeneration, conservation, community safety, and transport and highway issues.

The panel comprises all five Cornwall Councillors for the area and representatives of the sixteen parishes in the Launceston Community Network area - Altarnun Parish Council, Boyton Parish Council, Egloskerry Parish Council, Laneast Parish Council, Launceston Town Council, Lawhitton Parish Council, Lewannick Parish Council, Lezant Parish Council, North Hill Parish Council, North Petherwin Parish Council, South Petherwin Parish Council, St Stephen by Launceston Rural Parish Council, St Thomas the Apostle Rural Parish Council, Stoke Climsland Parish Council, Trewen Parish Council, Werrington Parish Council.

Chair of the Panel, Councillor Neil Burden, said “The Launceston Community Network Panel meeting is a great opportunity for local residents and businesses to ask questions about local issues so please do come along and take part.  We’ll have updates on library and health centre developments and highway projects; we’ll hear about the success of projects supported by members community chest awards and there will be the opportunity to hear from Council Leader Adam Paynter about the budget proposals. ”

More information about the Community Network Panels and dates for future meetings  can be found on the Cornwall Council Community Network webpage. 

 

Story posted 10 December 2018