Leigh-on-Sea Town Council - Council Tax 2020-21

Leigh Town Council for the past 3 years were able to keep the annual rise in the tax for residents at less than 3% per annum. In 2020-21 it is essential that we carry out necessary emergency repairs to the community centre to ensure it meets current regulations to provide a safe environment for the thousands of our residents and visitors from all over the Southend-on-Sea Borough who enjoy its facilities. This has necessitated a slightly higher increase to the tax of 6%, the equivalent of £2.88 for a Band D tax payer.

The council continues to remain totally committed in helping to provide services to meet the needs and aspirations of our community and the 2020-21 budget will provide the following:

What is your money spent on?

  • help, support and provide information for our residents on a huge range of issues
  • our role as statutory consultee on planning, highways and licensing issues to help influence the shape of the future of Leigh
  • working with volunteers and partners and supporting community groups
  • helping to protect the environment and heritage of Leigh
  • an extension to the skate park to accommodate all wheel-based sports
  • steps to implement a Special Constables programme for the Leigh Town Council area
  • funding a school crossing patrol and Leigh Old Town first aid post
  • providing and managing community facilities in particular the Community Centre, Skate Park, Strand Wharf, Bell Wharf beach paddling pool and 17 acres of allotment space
  • community engagement with our residents
  • a community news magazine twice a year and a newsletter in the local press twice a year
  • regular and new town events such as Leigh Lights and VE Day 75 afternoon tea
  • supporting the arts in Leigh with our Art Wall exhibitions and Artist in Residency Programme
  • christmas lights, street decorations and street hanging baskets of flowers
  • promotion of initiatives and incentives to help local businesses
  • representing our residents to other authorities
  • a Council run monthly Farmers Market
  • provision of two weekly youth clubs and a youth forum
  • a Council run community centre children’s holiday programme
  • a community trips scheme supporting elderly residents and providing social contact including a social club every two weeks to combat isolation
  • a chatty bench initiative to help those that feel socially isolated
  • be a local employer of 13 staff to facilitate and manage all Council services including apprentices
  • be a facilitator of a community café which is a local employer of 8 staff
  • continue with repairs and improvements at the community centre
  • host the Annual Town Community Meeting

Leigh-on-Sea Town Council expenditure plans 2020-21

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Information and Support Services 169.550             
Finance and Governance 35,450
Community Facilities 205,400
Health and Wellbeing programme 57,100
Community programmes 10,500
Allotments 31,850
Environment facilities/services 21,050
Planning and Licensing 9,200
Capital and Strategic Projects 90.000
Increase to General Reserves 5,392
Finance and Governance (2,100)
Community Facilities (152,000)
Health and Wellbeing programme (13,000)
Allotments Income (19,000)
Environmental facilities/services (2,000)
Total Precept 2020-21 447,392

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Telephone: 01702 215001

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