Residents have their say on CWAC budget plans

Hundreds of Chehsire West residents responded to the council’s survey

Hundreds of people have had their say on how Cheshire West and Chester Council should manage its finances between 2018 and 2021.

For context, the population of the Cheshire West and Chester Council area is 329, 608 and there are 141,442 households, according the last census in 2011.

The six-week ‘Balancing the Budget’ consultation gave all residents chance to fill in a questionnaire with their views, try their hand at budget setting with an interactive budget simulator and ask questions of the cabinet in a live internet debate.

The consultation has now closed.

Cllr Samantha Dixon, leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “I want to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the Balancing the Budget consultation.

“We are currently two years into a four-year plan that was based on what residents told us their priorities were.

“It makes sense that, as time goes on and financial pressures change, we go back to the residents of the borough to make sure we are still meeting their needs.

“Our residents’ opinions really do help to shape the future of our borough.”

More than 300 residents completed the questionnaire, with 300 people outlining their priorities in the budget simulator and more than 800 people engaging with the live debate.

Work has now started to analyse the results of the consultation. These will feed into the budget proposals that will go before Budget Council on 1st March 2018.

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