Hebden Royd Town Council supporting
key priorities and recovery post Covid-19
Hebden Royd Town Council has unanimously passed a budget that helps support local people and organisations as the challenges of the Covid-19 Pandemic subside.
Highlights from its new budget are:
- The Hebden Bridge Picture House screened just 6 films in 2020/21 but since reopening in June 2022 has seen audiences grow well above those in the cinema industry. Despite significant funding from the cultural recovery fund the Picture House is not expected to return to a sustainable position until 2023/24 and Councillors are determined to retain this valuable asset for all to enjoy. Plans also include support for a much needed new 4k Laser Projector to ensure the highest quality of presentation Picture House customers.
- Community Funding
The Town Council has increased levels of funding for voluntary sector groups that provide both invaluable support to local people and deliver events that make Hebden Royd a thriving and unique place to live, work and visit.
- Climate Emergency
Further investment is being made to support the newly appointed Climate Emergency & Biodiversity Officer in their work to support environmental initiatives such as improving cycling facilities, preserving special habitats such as High Hirst Woodmeadow, and encouraging people to reduce carbon usage in Hebden Royd.
The Mayor of Hebden Royd, Cllr Rob Freeth commented:
This will be a challenging uncertain year for everyone, the Town Council will ensure that we continue to play our part in supporting people, as well as, maintaining the Picture House and those events and activities that are the lifeblood of our communities.
The Town Council continues to fund part-time Citizens Advice Bureau services in Hebden Royd and an advice worker to support young people's employment.
The agreed budget sees the average household in Hebden Royd, a band B property, contributing 70p per month more or a little over 90p per month more on a band D property than in 2021 – 22.
Most homes in Hebden Royd are in lower bands and will therefore pay less.
Added: Tuesday, 22 March 2022