Notice of Conclusion of Audit 2017/2018
The Council has adopted a twenty year plan for building maintenance and a proportion of the budget is allocated towards works identified on that plan.
The precept for 2018/2019 is £567,062. This is an increase of £98,934 on 2017/2018, a percentage increase of 21%. The increase for a Band D property is £28.43 per annum. The total Band D payment will be £195.20 or 53p per day.
In 2018/2019 Launceston Town Council will raise 28% of its income from sources other than the precept, mainly from grants, service level agreements for providing services, car park income and income from Town Hall lettings. The Council always looks at ways of increasing income sources, and closely monitor expenditure to ensure best value, while continuing to protect and enhance services and facilities. The Town Council continues to operate Service Level Agreements for highways grass cutting and weed-killing, that in previous years were sub-contracted. The savings made allowed the Council to employ an additional groundsman ensuring that the maintenance of all parks and green areas is to a higher standard.
The range of assets and services which Launceston Town Council is responsible for is considerable. As well as the Town Hall and Guildhall, the Council operates the cemetery at Upper Chapel, the closed cemetery at Dockacre, the multi-storey car park, four sets of public toilets, the Southgate Arch, Lawrence House Museum, the Roundhouse, the priory ruins and the rest garden at Newport, the Tourist Information Centre, Windmill Wood, Priory Park, Grammers Park play area and allotments, allotment sites at Kensey and Dutson, the coach park in Westgate Street, the Band Room (leased to the Launceston Town Band) and the Green Room (leased to LADS). We also manage the town square and parade ground, and run the popular monthly markets. The Council actively supports many of the events and festivals which take place in the town, and gives grants to local organisations. The Town Council is responsible for public seats, some public lights and bus shelters, extensive grass cutting and horticultural work across the town, footpath maintenance and weed killing.
In 2017 the Council took on ownership of the former St John’s Ambulance Hall, which provides additional venue space for community group or event hire. The ownership of this building has meant that the Council has incurred some additional costs and this is partly reflected in the precept increase. The largest increase however, is the setting of a new ear marked reserve for our new cemetery. The Council has a limited timescale before the current site is full and therefore has agreed that a new site be developed. The Council has secured land for the development, which is opposite the existing site, but there will be architect and building costs involved, and so a reserve has been started which can be allocated to these future costs.