Leisure centre included in budget plans

A new leisure centre for Berwick is included in Northumberland County Council’s budget proposals.

Friday, 1st February 2019, 08:28 am
Updated Wednesday, 30th January 2019, 09:30 am
Swan Leisure Centre, Berwick.

A replacement for the Swan Centre forms part of the council’s biggest ever capital programme of investment of £589million proposed over the next three years.

Council leader Peter Jackson said: “We’ve worked tirelessly over the past year to balance our books, and we’re confident we’ll be delivering a deliverable but ambitious budget. We’ve always had bold plans, and this budget will help support a thriving local economy and deliver value for money for all the communities we serve.

“As a snapshot, over the next three years we’re looking to spend £142million on our schools, £60million on regeneration projects, £44million on improving our leisure offer and £43million on housing.

Councillors will also be asked to agree £25million of £36million savings over the next three years of the medium term financial plan, with efficiencies of £12.8 million identified for the coming year. To protect vital services the council is proposing a council tax rise of 2.99%.

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Coun Jackson added: ”We’re making good progress against the very difficult financial position we inherited.”

The budget will be considered by full council on February 20.