Council strikes rate of 1.12%

Limavady Borough Council has revealed it will focus on a number of high profile projects over the coming months, after striking a rate of 1.12% this week.

“Council is most conscious of the need to maintain tight and effective budgetary control, strike a reasonable rate for the incoming year and endeavour to maintain reasonable reserves in line with Local Government Auditor Guidance,” Support Services committee chairman, Sinn Fein Colr. Tony McCaul said. “Council’s reserves are currently £482,000. This equates to 5.4% of Council’s net expenditure which is in line with the level recommended by the Department of Environment of 5% to 7.5%.

“Council is committed to providing high quality services for all residents and ratepayers and as we move into the new financial year Council will continue to look at ways in which service delivery can be improved and offer value for money. To help offset costs to the ratepayer Council will endeavour to attract external funding to minimise the cost of delivering programmes and capital projects.”

From April 2012 Council will concentrate on the following areas of activity:

Provision of a Household Recycling Centre for the Dungiven area.

Development of a recycling education and awareness programme.

Continued upgrading of outdoor, sporting, and recreational facilities across the Borough and enhancement of existing open space provision

Provision of play facilities for young people including up to 2 new play areas and improvements to 2 existing play areas.

Continued improvements to disability access to services and facilities.

. Council also wants to raise the profile and importance of Limavady as a tourism destination through support for the local tourism industry, development of Council’s key tourism products and facilities, partnership working through regional and national tourism organisations, and support for the Magilligan to Greencastle ferry service.

. Support the local business and retail sectors through the economic recession by providing training, encouraging business start-ups, skills development, and working closely with Roe Valley Chamber of Trade.

. Support for the voluntary and community sector and continued efforts to improve Good Relations across the community

. The health, well-being and safety of the community are important to Council. Over the coming months Council will continue to provide quality recreational, leisure and cultural facilities for all sections of the community. Council will also continue its practice of working in partnership with a wide range of organisations to deliver programmes which will improve the health and well-being of the community.