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Views needed on Council's future priorities

Residents are being asked to have their say on which local services are most important to them to help shape Fenland District Council's future priorities.

The Council has launched an annual survey to gather public views and help councillors make informed decisions when considering its options for the 2018/19 financial year and beyond.

The feedback will be used to shape priorities in the Council's draft Business Plan, which focuses on services that make the most difference to the quality of life of local people.

The survey, which closes on February 6, also asks for comments on the Council's draft budget, which sets out how the Council will manage its finances.

Councillors will take feedback into account when they consider the final version of the plan at their next full Council meeting on February 22.

Council leader, Cllr John Clark, said: "Like all local authorities, Fenland District Council continues to face financial challenges as we head into the next financial year. Public sector budgets are tighter than ever and we have to make sure we focus our resources into services the public thinks are most important.

"The Council has a strong record of prudent financial management, which has been recognised by external auditors over a number of years. However, demand for services continues to increase across the board, so it is important we look at how these can be delivered as efficiently and sustainably as possible.

"I would encourage residents to have their say as the survey is easy to fill out and their feedback really does make a difference."

* The draft Business Plan, Budget and survey are available at www.fenland.gov.uk/yourviews2018. Paper copies will also be available in the Council's One Stop Shops, Community Hubs and leisure centres until the survey finishes.

Article added: January 2, 2018