31 January, 2020
The Town Council has agreed not to increase the annual precept it receives from local residents this year, while pledging to continue improving the range of services and projects it delivers in the community.
The precept was increased for the 2019-20 financial year and, based on an in-depth review of service delivery, the Council has ratified the budget for 2020-21 and agreed keep the figure the same for the next 12 months.
It will continue to work on a number of important projects and regeneration initiatives, including:
• Christmas lights and tree - £14,737
• Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Project, which is supporting the refurbishment of town centre buildings - £10,000
• Healthy Blaenavon Officer - £10,000
• Annual Civic Awards, grants and individual donations to local organisations - £7,600
• World Heritage Day - £7,000
• Torfaen Play Service - £5,000
• Intergenerational project - £3,000
• Christmas market - £2,000
• Summer community event - £2,000
• Annual photography competition - £1,000
• Free swimming project - £630
• Town Council carol service - £500
• Remembrance Day parade - £300
The precept forms part of the Council Tax collected by Torfaen County Borough Council on behalf of the Town Council. The Town Council will receive £130,000 in 2020/21. Based on Band D properties, this will cost households £66.97 per year, £5.58 per month or £1.29 a week. For Band A properties – which make up the biggest proportion of housing in Blaenavon, at 49.63% - it means an annual payment of £44.72, or £3.73 per month / 86p per week.
“Over the past two to three years, the Council has supported a wide range of important partnership initiatives and launched a number of exciting new projects, of which we’re very proud,” said Mayor Cllr Jac Denley-Jones.
The total amount spent by the Council so far this financial year is £130,000, £42,659 of which has been on projects, with a further £32,000 spent on match-funded and regeneration initiatives - levering in during the past 18 months £1.54m in match-funding.
“We’re pleased to see the success of established ongoing developments such as the Intergenerational project - for which we won the 2019 One Voice Wales Innovative Practice national award for the Best Community Engagement Initiative across the 735 town and community councils in Wales” said Cllr Denley-Jones.
“But we’re also adding to these each year and are extremely happy in particular about the progress made to date by the Healthy Blaenavon Officer,” she added. “We’re already seeing great results in just over six months since the officer started.
“The success of that project has been due to active planning and with strong proactive partnership with Torfaen County Borough Council, Torfaen Public Service Board, Blaenavon Hwb, Aneurin Bevan Health Board and other Third Sector Organisations.
“We’re continuing to put on and support events that wouldn’t happen without our funding, such as World Heritage Day, our first Christmas Market, and – new for 2020 – a proposed community event at Garn Lakes. We hope the townspeople are also happy with the way we’re re-investing their money.”