After years of planning and consultation with local residents, Montgomery Town Hall is being extensively refurbished, bringing this Georgian building into the 21st century with modern facilities. Over a number of years, funds have been set aside by the Town Council and Montgomery Community Buildings and Preservation Trust in preparation for this work, but the plans finally coming to fruition means there will be a necessary uplift in the precept (the Town Council proportion of Council Tax) this year for residents which is above inflation. The increase for 2019-20 is equivalent to approximately £1.13 a month extra for the average household, though the figure will vary according to each property’s Council Tax band (for example, it will be around 94p a month for a band D property).
The Montgomery Town Council budget, about 75% of which comes from the precept, also pays for the two children’s playgrounds in the town, grounds maintenance in and around the town, the part-time town clerk’s salary, amenity and recreation sites, tourist information and floral displays. It additionally covers repairs and maintenance to items such as defibrillators, benches and signage.
Cllr Mike Mills explained “We know nobody wants to see an increase in their Council Tax, but we also know how much this building means to the community. This will mean we can make this iconic building, sitting at the heart of Montgomery, sustainable for the future.” He adds, “Montgomery Town Hall will be more accessible to users, and complying with best practice. It will be a facility that can be maximised for a range of social, economic and community uses in the future.”
Average household figure based on 603 households as quoted in Powys County Council’s Local Area Profile for Montgomery (which uses 2011 census data)
Band D figure based on the 2019-20 council tax base (number of Band D equivalent properties) for the Montgomery Town Council area