DEADLINE OF THURSDAY 5TH DECEMBER 2019

Participatory budgeting is recognised as a way for local people to have a direct say in how, and where, public funds can be used to address local needs.

In view of this, it would be very helpful if you could complete this short survey to help us prioritise Town Council expenditure from the 2020/21 financial year.
The Town Council element of your Council Tax this year is £171.33 (average Band D property) which equates to £3.29 per week. This makes up the annual precept which is the bulk of the Town Council's income.
The budget is allocated to core functions such as maintaining and managing the Cemetery, holding committee and Full Council meetings, maintaining and running our properties, developing the Visit Totnes brand and opening the Tourist Information Point.
In addition we devote a section of the funds to projects and priorities brought forward by the community. These include a Community Grants Fund, supporting the Caring Town and Citizens Advice Service from the Mansion, developing a year round programme of community based events in the town (including taking over the management of the Christmas Festival nights in December), facilitating the drafting of the Neighbourhood Plan and paying South Hams District Council to keep the public toilets free to use year round.

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So what is most important going forward? Public Toilets for residents and visitors? Tackling Climate Change in the strongest possible terms? Ensuring we preserve our heritage? Supporting residents in need?

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* 1. Please rank the following in order of your priority, with 1 being the most important and 5 the least important:

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* 2. South Hams District Council wish to install coin operated pay on entry systems to the public toilets. The alternative is the Town Council continues to pay to keep them free to use or the Town Council takes over the toilets and invests in them. How much would you be willing to spend per year to improve and/or maintain our public toilets at Steamer Quay, Coronation Road and the Market Square?

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* 3. The issue of Climate Change is one that impacts every citizen. How much would you be willing to spend per year to develop and implement new measures to combat Climate Change and achieve the target of Totnes being Carbon neutral by 2030?

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* 4. With cuts elsewhere our local community groups are struggling for funding. How much would you be willing to contribute per year to support initiatives supporting the most vulnerable of the community through Caring Town, Totnes Caring and Citizens Advice?

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* 5. Do you consider the Totnes Museum an essential part of the town's tourism offer and heritage and if so how much would you be willing to contribute to supporting its operation?

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* 6. Our 2017 Community Budgeting survey showed that the appearance and cleanliness of the Town is a top priority for residents and businesses. Do you agree and if so how much of your Council Tax annually should be spent on weeding, cleaning, planting and improving the town?

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* 7. PERSONAL INFORMATION - Providing all the following information is optional but very important in determining whether these responses are from local people and business owners who are directly impacted by service provision in Totnes. Please note that your information will not be shared for any purpose other than internally to the Town Council officers and Councillors to inform the 2020/21 budget setting.

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