Billingham Town Council
Welcome to Billingham Town Councils website.
For further details on any information contained on our website please contact Dianne Rickaby, Executive Officer & Responsible Finance Officer, Billingham Town Council, Telephone: 01642 551171 or email: email@example.com
Office opening hours to the public
10.00 am – 12 noon
closed for lunch 12 noon – 1.00 pm
1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Monday – Friday
We are based in the Old Billingham Business Centre, 1 Chapel Road, Billingham, TS23 1EN, Tel/Fax: 01642 551171 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For information on Stockton Borough Council services please use the following link: www.stockton.gov.uk
Please follow the link below to our latest information for residents highlighting some of our achievements and projects for 2013/14. If you have any ideas for new projects or comments, we would love to hear from you.
Wrap up warm, gather you friends and family and come along to our 6th Traditional Christmas Event in Billingham Town Centre on Saturday 7th December 2013 from 1-4pm.
In the February edition of the Community Newspaper we gave a breakdown of the increase in the precept for 2013-14. This amounted to between £1-50 and £2.75, per household, per year, which equates to between 3p and 5p per week, depending upon the council tax band of the property. We received no adverse comment on this at all.
Let us now put some percentages into context. Our precept forms less than 1% of your total council tax bill. This year your council tax bill has risen by 2%, and Billingham Town Council precept rise is roughly one seventh of that 2% – or, in percentage terms, between 0.1 and 0.2%. This is the actual impact of this year’s increase.
We consider our budget very carefully each year and are very conscious of the impact on our residents. Our precept is far lower than comparable (and much smaller) town councils nationally – and within the 15 town and parish councils in Stockton Borough only 4 have a lower charge per household than ours.
Billingham Town Council considers itself an open and transparent council. Our accounts, once audited, appear on our website. Extra details, in the form of accompanying paperwork, can be viewed, by appointment as per audit Commission guidelines, at our office, and requests are treated fairly and in accordance with procedures laid down by the Audit Commission guidelines.
Town Councillors regard it as their duty to improve facilities within the town. For more information on what’s been happening since inception and projects we are working on, please follow the link below.
The list outlines major project achievements however we do support many local groups not just financially but with support in advice and guidance (see donations).
Please also look out for our events in John Whitehead Park and in the Town Centre in 2013.
Notice John Whitehead Park Cafe and Youth Hub
The timescale for the construction of the Wheeled Sports Area has slipped in view of the decision made by the contractor to pull out, with this in mind and that the delay may be until around spring 2014, Billingham Town Council met with Stockton Borough Council to look at the challenges this would bring to the redevelopment and sustainability for the cafe and youth hub.
As the financial sustainability of the cafe is reliant on extra footfall which would have been created with the instalment of the Skatepark which will now be 2014, it has been agreed by both Billingham Town Council and Stockton Borough Council that the opening of both the cafe and youth hub be alinged to the opening of the Wheeled Sports Area.
Billingham Town Council will be however providing some management aspects in John Whitehead Park as part of the management agreement (i.e. Tennis Courts) and it is hoped that the outdoor gym equipment will be installed soon and we will advise you of the date of an official opening and when the fitness sessions will be scheduled.
All of the hard work and development of crucial partnerships is not lost as extra facilities have been put in place in John Whitehead Park over the summer period and programmes will be circulated as they become available.
Billingham Town Council are disappointed that we are unable to proceed with our plans this year but we look ahead to 2014 and to providing the much needed sevices/facilities.
John Whitehead Park
As you are aware we have recently opened the brand new Tennis Courts in John Whitehead Park which are available for the use of the public. Billingham Town Council are managing the Tennis Courts on behalf of Stockton Borough Council.
For more information on the Tennis Courts please click here.