South Bucks District Council sets it last budget and carries on with major projects


South Bucks District Council set its council tax precept on (Wednesday 27 February), increasing it by £5 for the coming year, or 10p a week for a Band D property. This means the South Bucks' element of the council tax bill for a Band D property in the district will be £163 for all the services provided by the Council.  

Leader of South Bucks District Council Cllr  Nick Naylor, said: "Whilst this will be the last budget and council tax that will be set for the South Bucks District, it continues to be based on the principles of delivering value for money, quality services for our residents. We can be proud that SBDC will bequeath to the new Council a sound financial position and high performing services. This is testimony to the hard work by officers and members working together over many years in the best interest of our residents."

"At the end of its stewardship of public services and finances, which stretches back to 1974, SBDC leaves a record that many authorities would envy. The shadow of financial crisis or service failure has never come near this Council. Its culture and values continue into the new authority."

"Although this is the end of an era, we are not resting on our laurels. Over the next year we will continue to tackle the issue of homelessness by providing temporary accommodation units at Bath Road, Taplow and building affordable housing on the former Police Station site at Tatling End. We will start the redevelopment of the former nine-hole golf course, turning it into an exciting Country Park with the support of the British Cycling Federation. We will also be moving forward with the joint waste contract with Chiltern and Wycombe District Councils covering the whole southern part of Buckinghamshire. Work on the Joint Local Plan will continue and our new Economic Development team will be supporting local businesses and ensuring we take up the opportunities presented by the expansion of Heathrow