East Lindsey Council Tax frozen

EAST Lindsey District Council has agreed its budget for 2012/13 financial year, freezing Council Tax.

The council say the decision to freeze Council Tax means people living in East Lindsey will continue to pay the lowest Council Tax rate in Lincolnshire for district council services and one of the lowest in the country at just £2.16 per week for those living in a Band D property.

They say the agreed budget will protect front line services and the council will continue to invest in a number of important projects -

A potential £1m capital contribution to a countywide project to improve broadband internet coverage for communities and businesses in East Lindsey.

£500,000 improvement programme for public toilets, which started in the current year.

£1.5m for a grant scheme to support the rural economy.

£350,000 for a major festival programme in 2012 that raises the profile of the area as a visitor destination to support the economy and creates opportunities for local people to learn new skills. This will also create the platform to promote the area as a tourist and cultural destination.

£976k on Disabled Facility Grants to help with home adaptations.

£1m remains earmarked for flood prevention schemes in Horncastle and Louth - £500,000 each.

A further £100,000 per year for four years to support other flood prevention schemes in the area.

£2.5m to develop over 200 more affordable homes in the District, which would support the construction industry, ease pressure on the Housing Waiting List and create a number of apprenticeship opportunities.

£120,000 for Councillors’ Community Grants to support local initiatives.