Budget maintains lowest Council Tax in East Kent and bold capital programme
Dover District Council’s Cabinet today announced a balanced budget, the lowest Council Tax in East Kent, and a bold capital programme delivering regeneration for local residents.
Cabinet agreed a 2.6% increase in the District Council part of the Council Tax, meaning a £4.95 increase on a Band D property to £192.24 a year. This remains the lowest Council Tax in East Kent. Council Tax levels will be confirmed at a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday (26 February 2020).
Major capital projects in the budget include:
- Redevelopment of the William Muge and Snelgrove site in Dover to provide 65 new housing units
- Development of the Dover Fastrack, a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRT), linking strategic development sites at Whitfield and Connaught Barracks with Dover town centre and Dover Priory Railway Station
- Refurbishment of the Maison Dieu in Dover as a community and cultural venue
- Replacement of Tides Leisure Centre in Deal
- Public Realm improvements to the Market Square in Dover, and the Guildhall Forecourt in Sandwich.
Cllr Trevor Bartlett, Leader of Dover District Council said: “We’ve again delivered a balanced budget which maintains the delivery of key Council services, and the lowest Council Tax in East Kent.
“We’ve also committed to a bold capital programme to deliver new housing and infrastructure to support ongoing regeneration across the district, along with additional resources to fund the new tourism and visitor economy strategy, and climate change initiatives.”
For more details, please see the Budget report to Full Council.
Posted on 24 February 2020