Zetland FM Local News - 19th October 2022
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have called on the Government to properly fund public services at a time when local authorities nationally are under huge financial pressure;
A man has been arrested after a suspected cannabis farm was discovered in Middlesbrough;
...and there's still time for residents of our area to comment on plans to improve Redcar town centre.
Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council have called on the Government to properly fund public services at a time when local authorities nationally are under huge financial pressure.
The Council anticipates an overspend of around £8 million by the financial year-end in March next year.
The Council says it is looking at various options to reduce and minimise this overspend, but some of the causes of the overspend remain very volatile and outside of the Council’s control.
When the Government determined the level of funding required by local government in October 2021, inflation was forecast to peak at 4% this year. However, the most recent figure is around 10% and there is no indication that this will fall in the near future.
This level of inflation has significantly increased the cost of providing Council services and this, along with the price of energy, accounts for a significant proportion of the anticipated overspend.
A man has been arrested after a suspected cannabis farm was discovered in Middlesbrough.
Acting on intelligence about alleged suspicious activity in the area, police searched the address at 3.30am yesterday.
Staff from Northern Powergrid attended the scene to ensure the electrics were safe and Scene of Crime Officers also attended the address.
A 33-year-old man was arrested close by, and enquiries are continuing.
There's still time for residents of our area to comment on plans to improve Redcar town centre.
Last year, the town was awarded £25 million as part of the Government’s Town Deal initiative.
The Town Deal Board are a group of industry experts, business leaders, and community representatives, who have volunteered to support the development of the Redcar Town Deal and the regeneration of Redcar.
The Town Deal Board wants to hear from residents about the proposed development projects as part of plans to deliver major change to Redcar.
You can find out more about the projects and give your views by heading to the Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council website.