Coleshill Town Councillors have voted to freeze Council tax for a further year despite cuts to their Government grant of 15.5%.
Councillors of all parties supported the budget for 2016, which will see Council Tax frozen and major investments made in Council facilities.
The budget includes funding for a new Youth Club at Coleshill Community Centre, a £20,000 budget for improvements at the Community Centre on Temple Way and extra funding for improvements at the Town Hall.
The Council also agreed to continue a £10,000 annual grant fund, the Coleshill Youth Council and the neighborhood plan process.
Councillor Adam Farrell told the meeting that this was the best budget he had seen since he was elected in 2011 and explained
“This budget deals with some of the inconsistencies previously. It provides much more accurate estimates on income and expenditure, takes into account savings made on back of house services and includes a number of projects that will really make a difference to our town.”
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Harry Taylor, Chair of the Council’s Built Amenities Committee said
“I’m really pleased that the Council has passed a budget that includes £20,000 to improve Coleshill Community Centre. This will help make the venue a real asset to the people of Coleshill. With funding for the youth club at the center also agreed, we can begin to provide a high quality facility for the whole community, including young people.”