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Council on track with budget despite difficult times

Published Thursday, 04 October 2012

Enfield's £169 million building programme is on track and delivering real benefits.

Cllr Andrew Stafford, Cabinet Member for Finance and Property said Enfield Council’s £169 million capital budget - the largest building programme in a decade, ensured that the borough's ambitious development opportunities would be delivered.

Enfield’s growing population is putting unprecedented demand on school places, health care, housing, education and social care and the Council is responding by building for the future, with school expansions, proposed multi purpose sites such as the Joint Service Centre in Ordnance Road with doctor and dentistry services, estate renewal and massive regeneration projects. One such project is Meridian Water which will see 5,000 new homes and potentially 3,000 new jobs being created alongside new schools on site and a range of supporting community facilities, new retail opportunities and parkland.

Cllr Stafford said “Despite economic constraints we are delivering real benefits to people through our ambitious building programme. We are taking additional steps to protect Council funds where we can, and our spending programmes are all anticipated and budgeted for.

“The Residents Priority Fund has also been a resounding success, putting money into the hands of our residents to be allocated where local people want to see it spent.

“Our budget is a budget for the future, but set realistically in a time of recession. We have to deliver more high quality services than ever to over 312,000 residents, and we are well on track to ensure that this is achieved.”

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