Ambitious plans for 2020/21 agreed in new budget

PR2268/MJ/JAE - 05/03/2020

Mid Sussex District Council (MSDC) approved its Corporate Plan and Budget for 2020/21 at a meeting of Full Council on Wednesday 4 March 2020.

The 2020/21 Corporate Plan and Budget is set to focus on supporting economic growth, protecting the local environment and investing in community facilities and services.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, Leader of Mid Sussex District Council said:

“Despite the challenges facing local government finances, many years of careful financial planning mean the District Council is in a strong position to deliver our ambitions for Mid Sussex.

“These ambitions include encouraging sustainable economic growth, through the delivery of full fibre digital infrastructure, funding to support micro businesses, planning for more employment spaces in the District and our Open4Business expo event.

“We are committed to protecting our environment and will shortly be commencing a weekly food waste recycling trial in partnership with the County Council, becoming the first Council in West Sussex to trial this new service. This year we will start a significant programme of investment in our flagship parks and open spaces to ensure they meet the needs of residents and roll out a network of electric vehicle charging points in our towns and villages. The Council also agreed a £100,000 environment and sustainability fund to support future environmental initiatives.

“Setting any budget is seldom easy, especially in a time of constrained resources. However, we are determined to provide the best range of services we can for Mid Sussex residents. It’s vitally important that we continue to plan for the long-term, invest wisely and focus our resources on the things that matter most to local people.”

The Mid Sussex portion of Council tax will increase by 3% in 2020/21 which equates to £4.95 for an average Band D property.