Town council report reveals how your money is spent

Stamford Town Hall
Stamford Town Hall

Councillors have revealed what taxpayers’ money has been spent on as they prepare the budget for the coming year.

Stamford Town Council released a report at the midpoint of the financial year at a meeting on Tuesday.

The council hoped members of the public would attend the meeting to hear how their money was being spent. But just two people turned up, both of whom left before the budget presentation.

Nevertheless, Coun Jean Bevan (Con)spoke about the council’s spending. She said: “This is a review to set out what we have achieved over the last five or six years.”

Some of the money spent by the council has gone towards the ongoing town hall renovation.

Phases one to three were completed last year at a total cost of £291,000. That work included strengthening the core of the building, installing a lift and redecorating key rooms in the Georgian style.

Phase four, costing £45,000, is almost complete and includes a revamp of the kitchen and fire escape. A team of volunteers has also spent time displaying memorabilia from Stamford Museum in the town hall.

The council expects income from room hire in the town hall to increase as a result of the refurbishment.

The authority has also funded community projects on the Recreation Ground. A total of £9,000 was spent refurbishing the bowls club to turn it into The Shack youth club. The Salvation Army, which runs the club, contributed a further £10,000.

In future years the council has agreed to employ an attendant for the new skatepark, at a cost of £7,500. The council also hopes to gain Green Flag accreditation for The Rec in 2014.

About £72,000 has been spent improving the cemetery in Little Casterton Road since 2012.

On The Meadows, £4,700 has been set aside to repair the damage caused by flooding. The wet weather caused problems during this year’s Mid Lent Fair, leading to a loss of £3,500 for the council.

Coun Sandall thanked the volunteers who had helped on the town hall project and said the council hoped to keep its tax precept at the same level in 2014.