RESIDENTS across the Cotswolds have been asked to give their thoughts on an array of concerns, ranging from council tax to car parking charges.

Cotswold District Council want to hear from residents and families about what key areas they think the council should be prioritising in its next budget.

In September leader of CDC Cllr Joe Harris announced that unless significant changes are made to reduce spending and increase income, the council will not be able to balance its budget in 2027.

There have been recommendations to increase the cost of the garden waste service so that those using the service are covering the cost rather than other taxpayers subsidising it.

In addition, a change to some bin collection days has been proposed in an effort to save money and make the service more efficient.

Cllr Mike Evemy, deputy leader and cabinet member for finance at CDC, said: “The government has failed to fund local councils properly and as a result, we’re now facing an unprecedented financial challenge.

“The council is in a sound financial position currently due to decisions in the last few years to raise charges and make services more efficient.

“I want to be upfront with residents that if we don’t take tough decisions in this budget, and over the next couple of years, we risk ending up like other councils that are now in really difficult financial positions - some have had to declare they are effectively bankrupt leading to big tax rises, huge hikes in charges and services shutting down.

“Our proposals this year could save £1.5 million which would make a big difference and will help us to protect the services our residents and communities rely on. 

"Last year, we were able to freeze car parking charges to help residents and visitors with the cost of living, but we can’t afford to continue that freeze next year.

“I would urge everyone to complete our short survey once or join us at one of our forthcoming engagement events to have your say on how we navigate this challenge.”

The budget consultation opens today, Friday, November 3 and will close midnight on Friday, December 8.

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