Festivals come top of Morecambe residents poll

February 04, 2020
Festivals have topped a poll asking taxpayers how Morecambe Town Council should be spending their money.
The 'Have Your Say' survey asked the community for its views on what should take priority in the town council's 2020/21 budget - although only 87 people took part.
The survey gave residents the chance to rank the following in order of priority:
*Paying for an Environmental Enforcement Officer to monitor littering and dog fouling
*Giving grants to community groups
*Giving grants to festivals
*Improving open spaces and planting
*Helping to fund Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs)
*Extra street cleansing including removal of weeds
*Other (please specify)
Festivals came top with 22 votes - with 17 of the 22 ranking it as the top spending priority.
Improving open spaces and planting (16), an Environmental Enforcement Officer (14) and extra street cleaning (14) came next in the poll.
Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and community grants both received eight votes.
The survey was on the town council's website and Facebook, and in their 'The View' newsletter sent to households in the town.
Morecambe Town Council raises money each year from a 'precept' or percentage of Morecambe residents' council tax, and produces a budget to lay out how the funds should be used to improve the town.
The council is a parish council, separate to Lancaster City Council, and is made up of elected members.
The town council will discuss its 2020/21 budget at a meeting at Morecambe Town Hall this Thursday night (February 6) at 7pm.
The meeting is open to the public.
Photo courtesy of Morecambe Carnival Facebook page.