Services will be protected

Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.
Elected Mayor Norma Redfearn.

I would like to thank the residents, businesses and community groups who got involved in our recent budget consultation.

You told us that jobs, health, clean streets, roads and pavements are important to you, and we have agreed a budget for 2017/18 that will focus on those priorities.

Despite ongoing cuts to funding, I am committed to protecting and improving essential services, investing in our future, growing the economy in North Tyneside and building a more modern council that enables people to do more for themselves.

Along with nearly every local authority in England, we have been forced to raise council tax to meet the shortfall from government cuts and unprecedented demand for social care. This will help to protect the essential services our residents need to stay safe and cared for.

Our budget will ensure North Tyneside remains a great place to live, work and visit by not closing its sport, leisure centres and libraries. It will keep weekly refuse collections and the £5m spent each year on maintaining roads and pavements.

Regeneration projects in Whitley Bay and Wallsend will continue, and we are also looking at projects for other parts of North Tyneside. We are also working with local organisations to deliver 3,000 affordable homes.

These are tough times, but I am certain North Tyneside can, and will, rise to the challenge.