Chiltern District Council sets it final budget and continues to improve services

On the (26 February) Chiltern District Council has agreed an increase in its precept of £5.42 a year or 10p a week. This means the Council's element in the charge for a Band D property in the district will be £186.30 during the coming financial year (2019/20).

Leader of Chiltern District Council Cllr Isobel Darby said: "Although this is our final budget and council tax we are proud to be handing over to the new Buckinghamshire Council a very sound financial position and high performing quality services. We have continued to protect and improve services in a difficult financial climate and do not make any use of the Council's General Reserves to balance the books. "

"We are continuing with plans to replace the Chiltern Pools, which are becoming increasingly uneconomic to operate, with an exciting modern facility offering a wider range of leisure and community facilities delivered in a much more financially and energy efficient manner. We are moving forward with the joint waste contract with South Bucks and Wycombe District Councils covering the whole of the southern part of Buckinghamshire.  This builds on our joint expertise and experience in waste collection which has resulted in these being amongst the most appreciated services in Buckinghamshire. We are also planning to redevelop the former ambulance site in Amersham to meet local housing needs."
 
"2019 is also the year that our new crematorium opens at Bierton.  This has been developed in partnership with Wycombe and Aylesbury Vale District Councils over recent years.  With the new facility now paid for, it allows the release back to the three Councils of the remaining funding built up by the operation of the Chilterns Crematorium over a number of years.  For Chiltern this amounts to a one off payment of £197k, and this will be passed on to our communities by the additional funding in 2019/20 of community organisations and projects.  
 
"Our work with South Bucks continues with the focus on transforming how residents access our services and information, in ways that reflect changing trends and demand.  We believe this work will provide an important workable and scalable model for the new authority, and one that has been developed by a true partnership of officers, members and users. "