New Balanced Budget Approved

Following the election results on the 7th May 2015, Conservatives have brought forward an emergency budget which balances the books, frees up investment for key projects and overturns decisions which are not in Brentwood's interest to see through.

At a Full Council meeting tonight, the Leader of the Council, Louise McKinlay outlined the details of the plans, which include reducing councillors' allowances and the number of spcial responsibility allowances, streamlining senior management and removing part of the advertising budget. Investment in parking plans to address the arrival of Crossrail and starting to look at establishing a trading company were all approved. In addition, the Conservative-introduced ward budgets and community funds remain.

Louise said, "The revised budget allows us to move forward and deliver on our promises made to Brentwood. We have already hit the ground running and don't intend to slow down! Next week should see the introduction of the street inspector in order to tackle litter and drive up standards of cleanliness on our streets. This was one of our key election pledges and more will be delivered over the coming months."