Bexley residents will see £340million of investment to provide local services for local people during 2017/18.
This follows the decision taken at Budget Council on 1st March to approve the budget plans.
Among the key plans in the Budget are:
- A new budget line to provide a weekly deep clean for the main town centres, and a monthly deep clean for smaller town centres – until now, none of the Borough’s town centres receive a deep clean at all
- An additional £135,000 to fund projects to keep our community safe
- The help and support to ensure 6,000 vulnerable adults can continue to receive the care they need
- An extra £300,000 for repairing roads and pavements
- A new budget line to plant and maintain new trees across the Borough – with 200 new trees to be planted during 2017/18
- Retaining the existing three weekly cleaning cycle for residential roads – scrapping the previous plan to reduce the cleaning schedules
- Ensure 43,000 children continue to be educated in some of the best rated schools in the country
Speaking after the debate, the Leader of Bexley’s Conservative Council, Cllr Teresa O’Neill OBE, said:
“This Budget will see £931,000 invested every day to ensure our great Borough of Bexley continues to have a bright future.
Because we have managed our finances properly and implemented the strategy we set out in the 2014 election campaign, we are able to emerge from this difficult time for all local government with our finances on a firm footing.
While other councils continue to cut services, we are now able to put more resources into a wide range of services.
I would like to thank the many residents who have been in touch with colleagues and me to say how much they welcome these new resources which will help make our Borough cleaner and greener.”
Astonishingly, after not being able to come up with a single budget proposal of their own, all Labour Councillors in Bexley opposed the plans.
A spokesperson for Bexley Conservatives said: “We would say to residents who live in wards with Labour Councillors who have voted against plans to clean our Borough more often – hold them to account. They have let you down.
When you see your own road being cleaned every three weeks – remember, the policy of your Labour Councillors is to cut the number of times your road is cleaned to only six times a year.”