Stroud Town Council wants to hear your views on our plans for the coming year to make sure we are focusing on the right priorities.
In January 2023, the council will approve the budget for 2023-24 and councillors want residents to complete a survey so that they can reflect what is important to you.
The survey, which is open until 18th November 2022, relates to the council’s objectives and specific areas of its work.
You will be asked to prioritise each of the sections so that we know which things are most important to you. There is space at the end to give councillors any other comments or suggestions.
The Town Council is already working with over 30 community groups, organisations and charities across the town and in neighbouring parishes, alongside colleagues from Stroud District Council, to discuss what steps can be taken to support local people with the rising cost of living.
This consultation relates to the council’s spending plans from April 2023. There are questions on: activities supporting residents’ wellbeing, including a subsidised gardening service for residents in receipt of benefits who need help with their garden; replacing and improving play equipment in parks and gardens; and researching solutions to rough sleeping and street drinking in the town.
The focus on the environment includes reducing the carbon footprint of the council’s buildings, offering grants for projects to reduce CO2 emissions and lobbying for improved public transport.
Residents can also prioritise activities relating to regeneration, nature, community, and community safety and resilience, accessibility and arts and culture.
“The survey takes just a few minutes to complete but will help us as councillors ensure we are every penny work harder for the benefit of the town,” said Stroud Mayor Stella Parkes.
“This year, more than ever, we need to be mindful of spending and ensure we are clearly focused on those activities that residents consider a priority.”
You can complete the survey by going to: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/STC2023Budget