Council Agrees 2021/22 Annual Budget

Council Agrees 2021/22 Annual Budget

The Council is pleased to confirm that it agreed its 2021/22 Annual Budget when it met on line, on Wednesday 20 January 2021.

After carefully considering the Labour Group’s proposals, councillors unanimously agreed to support the group’s proposals which included:

  • Freezing Seaton Valley Council Tax levels and Allotment Rents in 2021/22,
  • New Investment of £10,000 in each of its 5 villages on community issues including:
    • Repairing the large climbing frame at the Dunes Play Area and contributing to the costs of repairing the pathways in Memorial Park, both in Seaton Sluice,
    • Brightening up the area around Elsdon Avenue shops in Seaton Delaval,
    • Resurfacing works at Hasting Gardens Play Area in New Hartley,
    • Locating a number of Community Benches throughout Seghill, and
    • Allocating additional funding for a new Play Park in Holywell, and
  • Using up to £20,000 of its unallocated reserves to fund the purchase of laptops to give to local schools in Seaton Valley so that they can allocate them to families whose children are having difficulty accessing online home schooling resources.

In seconding the Labour Groups proposals Vice Chair of the Council Karen Collier said ‘I’m delighted to be able to support a budget that freezes Council Tax levels in Seaton Valley as it will avoid increasing residents household bills at this very difficult time’.

She went on to say ‘I’m also delighted to be able to help support students in Seaton Valley who are finding it difficult to engage in online school learning through lack of access to appropriate resources. It’s clear that the funding provided by the government to address this important issue has not been sufficient and I hope that the funding provided by the Council will help all students in Seaton Valley to have reasonable access to the devices they need to support their education’.