COWBRIDGE TOWN COUNCIL BUDGET PREPARATIONS
It is the time of the year when your Town Council is turning its mind to the expenditure plans for the financial year 2022/23. As you are probably aware, the Council tax that you pay to the Vale of Glamorgan Council has three elements; the Vale Council, the South Wales Police and the Cowbridge Town Council. This last element makes up just 4.3% of the total and is to cover the costs of maintaining some of the town’s infrastructure. The Town Council looks after the Town Hall, the Limes Cemetery, Twt Park, Southgate Park, Cae Rex allotments and the Llanblethian Playing Field as well as some other small plots in the area. The Vale Council is responsible for the roads including pavements and lighting, cleansing, schools and recreational areas not in the care of the Town Council.
A major part of our expenditure is the maintenance of the Town Hall which is a Grade II* listed building and requires constant maintenance. We have saved up for major work on the roof and this is now becoming urgent with both the Mayor’s Parlour and the Lesser Hall needing new roofs. A new boiler is also required as the existing one is inadequate and is beyond economic repair. Our playgrounds are heavily used, especially Twt Park. They are inspected by the Vale Council monthly for safety issues and by our staff on a daily basis and equipment is repaired or taken out of use as appropriate.
Apart from maintenance, we also like to put aside funds for improvement or enhancement of the amenities in the area. To this end, we welcome input from residents as to how they would like to see their money spent and our holding a drop-in session in the Council Chambers on November 27th between 10.30 and noon. Residents will be able to discuss their ideas with Councillors.