Councillors agree budget

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Members of Great Cornard Parish Council agreed a new budget this week, with one eye firmly on extending the Stevenson Centre.

It is hoped that current debts will be cleared by the end of the next financial year, allowing new loans to be taken to help finance improvements to the centre.

Another large meeting room would be built alongside smaller rooms, as well as new toilets and showers.

It is hoped this would encourage increased use from both elderly and disabled groups.

Councillors were pleased that there would be no increase in the parish council precept.

Vice-chairman Stewart Sheridan told members that the lease for the old village hall would need to be renewed and warned that repairs were highly likely.

Tony Bavington acknowledged this and said funds would likely come from the capital spending budget.

Funds would also be available to replace street lights with new LED lamps.