Launceston Town Council Information

Committees

A calendar of meetings, along with agendas and minutes for all Town Council Committees can be found on our website here – Read more

Full Council meets monthly, on the third Tuesday of the month except August and May – Read more

Planning and Economic Development Committee meets every three weeks. Members of the public are welcomed to speak with regard to any planning application on the agenda – Read more

Cornwall Council is responsible for matters relating to: council tax and business rates, benefits, refuse and recycling collection, roads, highways and parking, the registration service, education, social services including blue badges, fire and rescue, strategic planning, development control, trading standards and environmental health.

Cornwall Council can be contacted on 0300 1234 100

You can report a range of issues online by visiting Cornwall Council’s website.

Launceston Town Council provides a range of services, manages several properties and sites of historical interest and provides a number of social and recreational facilities for Launceston.

The Town Council acts as a lobbying force with regional and national government, appoints councillors to sit on outside organisations and works to promote and support Launceston.

Launceston Town Council has 16 councillors elected for a term of four years. The next Town Council elections are in May 2025.

Latest from Launceston Town Council

Town Council Opening Hours

The Town Council offices are open to the public Monday to Friday from 9am-1pm

New Library Hub – Updated 25 April

Following the acquisition of the former Barclays Bank, which will be the site of the new Library and Community Hub, the Council has now employed Hayhurst and Co who will work on designs for the new building. 

Internal and external surveys are being undertaken over the next week and once these are completed, work on the designs can begin. Once we have the first of these, then we will hold consultation events so as residents can give their views and input on the proposals , making sure that we can deliver a space for all to make use of.

Skatepark Project – Updated 13 May

Our assigned contractors for the skatepark project, BetongPark, have completed their new designs for the skate park, incorporating all of the information gathered from residents, skaters and BMXer’s at the consultation event.

The Council is in the process of seeking proper planning permissions for the proposals and as soon as these are agreed, then a date will be set for works to commence on site.

Launceston Skatepark design

Budget 2024/25

For the forthcoming financial year the Council have estimated that to operate the services we provide, along with adequate staffing requirements, will require an estimated expenditure of £2,440,394. To achieve this, we will generate £240,970 from our own assets (hall hire, car parks etc) and £1,150,000 from grants. The remainder will be raised by us charging a precept (Council tax). This year that amounts to a charge of £1,049,424.

This is a link to a copy of the full budget breakdown Budget 2024-2025

The cost of Council Tax is always shown as an average, which by default is a Band D property. To calculate this Band D cost, we divide the amount of precept we need, in this case £1,049,424, by the tax base we are provided by Cornwall Council. That figure for 2024/25 is 3,235.30. Therefore a Band D property in Launceston will be charged £324.37. This is an increase of 18.34%. The breakdown of the cost of each Tax Band for the town is shown below:

Within the annual budget are a number of items that cannot be overcome, namely rates, utilities, insurances and staffing costs. In addition the range of assets and services which Launceston Town Council is responsible for is considerable.  As well as the Town Hall and Guildhall, we also own the Ambulance Hall venue and operate a cemetery, maintain a closed cemetery, run a multi-storey car park, maintain four sets of public toilets, the historic Southgate Arch, Lawrence House Museum, Newport Roundhouse, Priory Ruins and Rest Garden, the Visitor Information Centre, Library, Windmill Wood, three play areas, three allotment sites, a coach park, and band room. The Council also manages the Town Square and Parade Ground. 

We also actively support many of the events and festivals which take place in the town, provide the Christmas Lights for the town and provide grants to local organisations.  The Town Council also has  responsibility for some public seats, lights and bus shelters as well extensive grass cutting and horticultural work across the town.

Within the Town Hall we provide a wide and varied range of arts and cultural events, aiming to provide something for all age groups. Our venues are used by community groups, schools, charitable organisations and businesses and ensure that Launceston is identified as a town with provision for many.

A breakdown of the daily cost of a Band D property for the services we provide is shown below:

The Mayor’s Civic Award

Launceston Town Band Director Ann Brown is the first recipient of the Mayor’s Civic Award. Ann has been a member of the Band for 50 years at the end of February 2024 and has shown passion and dedication representing the Town and encourages so many young and not so young people to play an instrument. A great leader who is planning to ensure or Bands future is guaranteed. Well deserved, the award was presented by The High Sheriff of Cornwall Toby Ashworth at the Mayor’s Civic Service on Sunday 4th February. 

Congratulations Ann from all Councillors and Staff.

 

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Transparency

The 2015 Local Government Transparency Code sets out the data that local authorities should publish in the public domain. It was issued to meet the Government’s desire to place more power into citizens’ hands to increase democratic accountability and make it easier for local people to contribute to the local decision making process and help shape public services. Information can easily be found by navigating to relevant pages on this site. Some information which is harder to categorise has been grouped here for your convenience. Please follow the links below to find the data quickly and easily:

Launceston Town Council Accessibility Statement 2020

Annual Report 23.24

Local Authority Land

Statement of Internal Control 2023

Strategic Plan 2020-2024

Senior Salaries

Neighbourhood Portion of CiL Report 2022-23

Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2022/23

Audited Annual Governance and Accountability Return 2022/23

Tenders and Contracts

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Launceston Town Council Accessibility Statement

Overview

Launceston Town Council strives to ensure that its services are accessible to all and we aim to provide a website that is made easier to use and more accessible for people with disabilities, as every person has the right to live with dignity, equality, comfort and independence.

Accessibility

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Website Documentation

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Disclaimer

We continue in our efforts to constantly improve the accessibility of this site and services to allow seamless, accessible and unhindered use for those of us with disabilities.

However please be advised that some content may not have yet been fully adapted to the strictest accessibility standards. This may be a result of not having found or identified the most appropriate technological solution.

Contact Us

If you wish to report an accessibility issue, have any questions or need assistance, please contact Launceston Town Council as follows; Email

admin@launceston-tc.gov.uk

Telephone 01566 773693

Office opening hours Monday to Friday 9 am to 1 pm

September 2020

 
 
 
 

Launceston Town Hall is the largest and most exciting venue in North Cornwall for live music, theatre, comedy, cinema, markets and shows.

The Hall is an award winning building with state of the art lighting and sound systems, it is fully licensed, adjacent to a 128 space multi-storey car park (which is free after 6pm), and even boasts under floor heating to ensure the 450 capacity Main Hall is nice and toasty on the darkest winter nights! For box office for most events, or general enquiries please call Launceston Visitor Information Centre on 01566 772321.

Launceston Town Council's Venues and Locations for Hire

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