Council tax freeze to go before Crawley council

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Councillors have backed plans to freeze the local authority’s share of council tax for 2015/16.

Crawley Borough Council’s Cabinet voted in favour of the freeze as part of budget proposals to go before the Full Council on February 25.

Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of the council, said the 5.8 per cent reduction from last year in its ‘spending power’ was “by far” the worst in West Sussex.

Cllr Peter Smith, cabinet member for Planning and Economic Development said the town was the economic heart of the county. He said the spending cut was “really disappointing”.

The committee also gave the green light for the council’s treasury strategy to go before the council.

Cllr Duncan Crow, leader of the opposition, welcomed plans to have a balanced budget in 2015/16 - where its expenditures meet its cash raised in the year.

Councillors approved £430,000 funding to improve safety and access at Three Bridges Station (see page 9) and noted its budget report for the quarter ending December 2014.

Councillors noted the projected costs for the works at Ifield Mill Pond had fallen by £500,000 to £7.05m. The budget had been revised as a result.