Weston-super-Mare Town Council Malcolm L Nicholson LL.B, DMS, AILCM Town Clerk Two Hundred Years of Growth “A Victorian New Town” 1811 - 163 inhabitants 1831 - 1,310 1871 - 10,470 1921 - 31,643 2014 - 80,000 Future Growth? 1974 - 2000 1974 – Weston Borough Council abolished Town’s property passes to District Council Beach lawns, beach, parks, toilets, car parks, theatres, Town Hall, Museum, Tropicana, etc Increasing Central Government control of services 1996 Avon abolished, North Somerset created 1996 – 2000 Public campaign for a parish council 31 councillors, 28 permanent staff plus casual, seasonal and volunteer workers Why a local council? Things which local communities want Eg. parks, play areas, allotments, museums, flowers, bus shelters, cemeteries, etc Democratically elected body -v- unelected – Kidderminster A&E Compared to Area Committees – outside capping Permanent, can raise tax, grants, loans Less control from Central Government Local voice on Planning, Licensing, Waste, etc Budgets and Council Tax North Somerset Council £140,000,000 Weston Town Council £1,374,117 Total band D Council Tax £1,400 Parish and Town Councils – nil to £199 Weston Town Council band D £ 57 Small is Beautiful - Efficiencies of local provision Volunteers No capping (yet?) Capping unlikely below £140? Achievements since 2000 Youth cafe/services via YMCA Blakehay Theatre Water Adventure Play Park Milton Road Cemetery Love Weston - Tourism Promotion Weston (former North Somerset) Museum Flower Beds and Public Toilets Play areas, bus shelters, allotments, parks etc. Giving Weston a representative voice Opportunities Localism Act - Devolvement of local services General Power of Competence - to do “anything” Effect of unitary authorities instead of 2 tier Effect of Central Government cuts – principal councils focus on core business Local Management of Facilities Fundraising – tax, grants, loans, sponsorship New Town Councils – Salisbury, Shrewsbury, Bridgwater, Morecambe... Bath? Weston-super-Mare Town Council Any questions?