Alnwick Town Council will increase its precept by £20,037 in 2018/19. This increase equates to a £4.90 per annum increase on a Band D dwelling and is a 4.9% rise.
The increased precept in 2018/19 will help fund replacement planters around the town, a suitable World War 1 commemoration and refurbishment work to Robertson’s Fountain. The budgets for grants to local organisations and for local events will also increase by over £10,000.
Mayor of Alnwick, Councillor Alan Symmonds said “Our budgets have been carefully reviewed and in the next financial year we are looking to continue to make improvements in the town centre; last year we installed the CCTV system and undertook work on the fingerposts. We have also seen increased demand for our help from local organisations and event organisers and as a result, have increased our budgets”.
The total Town Council precept for 2018/19 will be £287,175, and the new Band D precept is likely to still be below the average for Town Councils in Northumberland.