Council Budget: 3.9% Council Tax increase, prioritise highway repairs and tackle fly tipping

Plans to charge for parking at the city’s War Memorial Park are also being altered to address concerns by residents.

Coventry City Council is planning to target its budget towards protecting highway repairs and carrying out a major city-wide clean up to cut fly-tipping.

The announcement comes following a public consultation by the Council to ensure its balances its spending budget in 2020/21.

Councillors will discuss the final budget report at the next full Council meeting on 25 February, which will include plans to increase Council Tax by 3.9%.

Plans to charge for parking at the city’s War Memorial Park are being altered to address concerns by residents. Cllr John Mutton said, “I believe that motorists should get three hours of free parking so that park users can get the full enjoyment of the venue while discouraging train passengers from using the War Memorial Park car park all day.”

Proposed plans to increase the number of bus lane cameras on three routes in the city are also being taken out of the budget report.

Cllr Mutton added that the Council believes it is important to listen to the community and agencies who have commented on the budget plans.

He went on to say: “We have had confirmation that some areas of national funding reductions are being delayed so we believe it is right to ensure this funding should go on a city-wide clean-up ahead of the UK City of Culture, and on protecting road repair budgets.

“We also listened to residents who were concerned about the potential impact that switching off areas of street lighting may have and have asked officers to relook at this proposal.”

Cllr Mutton also announced a new proposal for the Council to develop its plans to tackle climate change and extend the amount of speed enforcement cameras in areas of the city.

Despite the better than expected government settlement, Cllr Mutton said that by 2022 Coventry City Council could face a deficit of nearly £19m.

He said: “Long term, the pressures on adult social care and children’s services will increase and although we are attempting to protect the most vulnerable in our budget plans this will get more and more difficult in future years.”

The Council also continues to face pressures on its housing and homelessness services.

“We will continue to prioritise funding on our city’s most vulnerable, including those who are homeless. That is the right thing to do.”