Thornbury Town Council has set its budget for the next financial year, with community groups set to benefit from an increase in council tax.

The budget accounts for expenditure of £923,306, of which £664,783 will be met from council tax and the remainder from income, grants and use of council reserves.

This is an increase in 6.7 per cent when compared to last year.

The average band D household will pay £129.26 per year towards the Town Council, an increase of 97p more than last year but tempered by the increase in new homes in the town.

Thornbury Mayor, Cllr Shirley Holloway, said: "Thornbury Town Council is continuing to make significant improvements to local services and facilities.

"We believe that this budget strikes the right balance between investing in our much-needed facilities and providing value for money for local tax payers."

The council has commissioned Krunch to deliver two youth groups in Thornbury, a move they describe as 'necessary to continue youth provision in Thornbury due to significant reductions in the youth services budget for Thornbury by South Gloucestershire Council'.

Also budgeted is a new play area at Osprey park and support to for the town's neighbourhood plan.

The council is also investing in the redevelopment of the Armstrong Hall and supporting a range of other local groups and organisations through their grants funding such as Jigsaw, Thornbury in Bloom, the Christmas Lights Association.

They will also make contributions to the Citizens Advice Bureau and Volunteer Centre and events such as the Carnival and Arts Festival.