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1 March 2021 - Council sets budget for 2021/2022

2021/2022 Budget

Residents will see further investment across the borough as Chorley Council sets its budget for 2021/2022.

During the council meeting on 23 February, councillors agreed that despite a reduction in funding from central government, the council will still invest more than £30m in the coming year.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council: "It's been a challenge trying to balance the budget this year, particularly with the continued reduction in funding from central government and the impact that the pandemic has had on council income. However, the approved budget will see us invest in things that are important to the residents of Chorley."

Much of the investment will be spent on projects such as Whittle Health Hub and Tatton Gardens which will see creation of two new GP surgeries, an extra care scheme and other community facilities for Chorley residents. There will also be investment into high quality recreation areas in the borough.

Prior to the council meeting, Chorley residents were invited to give their views on the budget proposals by taking part in a consultation that generated around 300 responses, along with hundreds providing their views on social media.

Councillor Wilson continued: "I'd like to thank everyone who submitted their comments as part of the consultation - this input is really important to us when we consider the proposals for the coming financial year.

"It's vital that we invest to grow our local economy as well as continuing to provide support for businesses and communities and I believe that this budget will put us in the best social and economic position to help us do this."
 

The headlines from this year's budget include:

  • 1.99% increase in council tax- that's an equivalent of 7pence per week for a band D property
  • maintaining all services
  • continued investment in high quality recreation grounds, health provision and business developments, including Tatton Gardens and Tatton recreation ground, Whittle GP Surgery and the Alker Lane development
  • commitment and funding to drive forward the green agenda

 

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