Residents across Tendring have the unique chance to say how they believe their Council’s money should be spent in the future.

They are being asked to give their views on the priorities for the District, where they think savings could be made and what could be done differently.

Tendring District Council (TDC) expects to have to shave between £3million and £5million off its budget over the next four years due to the reduced amount it will receive from the Government.

An announcement is due at the end of this month or early in December and tough decisions will need to be made.

The Council is already reviewing how it does things – and wants residents and businesses to play their part in the process.

Peter Halliday, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said it is important that people get involved.

“This is a chance for everyone to take part in this exercise and make their views known to us,” he said.

“We have an interactive tool on the Council’s website which will allow people to adjust spending and then see the impact of that on the budget before they finally submit their choice.

“It gives a true reflection of the very difficult decisions we as a Council will have to make without them being over dramatised or dampened down. They are exactly what they are – no punches pulled.”

Cllr Halliday said that all they have to do is click on the “You Choose” logo on the front page of the Council’s website, www.tendringdc.gov.uk, and follow the simple instructions.

“We want to engage with residents on this issue but we can only do that if they take part and I urge them to make the most of this opportunity,” he added.

In previous years the Council held meetings at the Town Hall for anyone to come along and share their opinions on the budget as part of its consultation process.

Now it will mean that people can get involved when and where they choose to do so, many without even having to leave the comfort of their own home.

The model being used has been provided free of charge to the Council and went live at the start of the week.