An additional investment of £2.6 million of revenue funding has been agreed by West Sussex Council.
This includes £2.4m of funding specifically earmarked to address safety critical areas. In addition to this, a further £21 million of capital funding will be invested in the road maintenance programme over five years.
Members approved this year’s budget for 2022/23 and Capital Programme through to 2025/26, which has been carefully balanced to meet the needs of our county in these ongoing uncertain times while at the same time taking positive steps for years yet to come.
The budget, approved at a meeting at County Hall, Chichester, complements Our Council Plan, the strategy which sets out the priorities for the Council and support for people who live and work in West Sussex.
Together the Revenue and Capital budget elements underpin the sound financial management required to maintain and improve the services that the Council provides. The proposed 2022/23 revenue budget is £648 million and the proposed Capital Programme amounts to £755 million.
Paul Marshall, Leader of West Sussex County Council, said: “The budget agreed today is all about looking after our residents, protecting services, and providing essential support across the county. It is a resilient and responsible approach as we face the many challenges of coming out of the pandemic, including tackling the growing threat of climate change. Our carefully considered budget aligns with Our Council Plan, the strategy which sets out how money should be spent and performance measured. I am pleased we are able to provide this stability for residents in the year ahead.”