The Town Council is holding a consultation on its budget, plans and projects for 2019/20.
The Budget Leaflet for 2019/20 can be downloaded here.
Looking after the Town - What we do
- Cleaning streets
- Emptying litter bins in open spaces
- Maintaining public toilets in Central carpark and the Grange
- Watering flower displays
- Funding CCTV
- Providing access to CAB advice for residents
- Team Leominster – sharing information between shopkeepers, police and key players
- Support for Dementia Friendly Leominster
- Setting out our priorities for facilities and future housing in our Neighbourhood Plan – Leominster is due for substantial growth by 2031
- Commenting on planning applications
Looking after the Town - Future plans
- Refurbishing public toilets
- Exploring recycling for traders
- Playing an active role in developing and putting into practice a Transport Strategy for the town
Parks, open spaces and footpaths - What we do
- Grass cutting in parks and open spaces
- Maintaining the Priory grounds, Pinsley Mead and the war memorial
- Mowing verges on roads and in residential areas
- Trimming hedges in open spaces and public rights of way
- Controlling weeds
- Looking after public rights of way
- Supporting Walkers are Welcome and Walking for Health programmes
Parks, open spaces and footpaths - Future Plans
- Mowing more frequently
- Extending the areas we maintain
- The Grange Masterplan - Public consultation about the Grange and how to make this a better space for townspeople and visitors of all ages
- Installing more benches and better lighting at Sydonia Park
Events, Markets and Visitors - What we do
- Weekly Friday market
- Farmers and specialist markets
- Christmas event in the Secret Garden
- Support for events like the Victorian Christmas Market and Leominster Festival
- TIC providing information to townspeople and visitors
- Leaflets on town trails and attractions
- Civic events – for example Remembrance Sunday and the May Fair
- Christmas lights and a switch on event
Events, Markets and Visitors - Future Plans
- Community/charity markets
- Develop Secret Garden at 11 Corn Square for use for events and possibly camping - a low cost way to visit the town
- Improving signage to town attractions to encourage visitors to spend more time and money here
- First rentals for the Servants Quarters holiday let at 11 Corn Square – providing much needed town centre accommodation
Children & Youth - What we do
- Keep fit and play equipment installed at Sydonia.
- Maintaining equipment and keeping play areas safe.
- Free boxing and skateboarding sessions provided for young people.
- Wildplay sessions funded for local children.
- Grants awarded to local community groups supporting young people (including the Priory Holiday Club and Vennture’s family support workers)
- Research into youth provision and discussions with local young people about their wants and needs.
Children & Youth - Future PLans
- Build an inclusive Duke of Edinburgh programme for young people of all abilities.
- Renew play equipment, especially on the Grange.
- Include equipment for teenagers in plans for refurbishing the Grange.
- Take on extra play areas as new housing is built.
- Include young people in the democratic process, creating new ways for them to communicate their views and ideas.
- Work with community groups and support organisations to open up opportunities and remove barriers to education, training and participation.
Don't Spend Any More!
- There is less funding from Herefordshire Council available to the Town Council.
- In the last few years we have lost:-
- Transitional funding
- Lengthsman funding (mowing and maintenance)
- P3 funding (footpaths etc)
- Inflation is running at around 2.5%
- Continuing reductions to Herefordshire Council’s grants from central government have already been agreed for years to come. Between 2010 and 2021 their grants will have been reduced by £90m.
- This has reduced Herefordshire Council’s spend in Leominster.
- Your contribution to Leominster Town Council is all spent in the town
- Many households in Leominster pay less per year for Leominster Town Council services than the standard rate per household, which is £2.58 a week.
In order to keep services at the level they are at the moment, the precept will have to increase.
We are carrying out a poll to obtain your views. Why not get involced and choose one option?