The council has made an online survey for residents to let the council know which services they should focus on

Barnstaple Town Council is asking the town’s residents to help it set its service and budget priorities for the year ahead.

The council has made an online survey to find out whether people think its current priorities are the right ones, what else it should be doing, and whether taxpayers would contribute more to see services expanded or improved.

Town clerk Will Austin said the survey would form an ‘important part’ of councillors’ decision making.

“We’re looking at our budget for next year at the moment, and we really need to know what people think we should be doing,” said Mr Austin.

“The bigger councils have had to cut services because of reduced Government funding and the town council is regularly asked to pick up the bill.

“We can’t do that for everything – we’re a small organisation with only 17 employees and a budget 0.1% of the size of the county and district council – so we need to know what matters most to the local community.

“The survey only takes a couple of minutes to complete and will form an important part of councillors’ decision-making.”

Facebook users can complete the survey online and paper copies can be obtained from the council’s office in The Square.

The results of the survey will be reported to councillors when they consider their budget options in December.