Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Bideford Town Council votes to put up council tax precept

09:00 18 December 2013

Tax payers will not face a rise in their council tax bills next year

Tax payers will not face a rise in their council tax bills next year

Archant

Town Council increased its precept by four per cent for 2014/15 after a lengthy debate on Thursday evening.

BIDEFORD Town Council has voted to put its council tax precept up by four per cent, despite sitting on reserves of more than £600,000.

The council was initially recommended by its staffing, finance and general purposes committee to increase the precept by six per cent on last year, to £348,444.03.

But the four per cent rise for 2014/15 was passed by a majority of one after a lengthy debate on Thursday evening.

Councillor Andy Powell said he thought it would be wise to put the precept up, as a higher percentage of the money received went back into the town.

He said: “Six per cent invested in us will give a higher return pro rata than the same amount invested in Torridge or Devon County Council.”

Councillor Roger Vanstone said an extra 1p-2p per Band D property could help cover costs that the town council might have to pick up from the county council.

“County have already cut back on services such as grass cutting,” he said.

“The grass cutting is going down to twice a year next year - that’s where this extra money could go.”

But several councillors raised concerns over the proposed increase, when as of December 2, the council’s accounts stood at £662,895.

Cllr David Howell said: “We have got reserves we can fall back on, but we’re talking about people who have no reserves.

“We’re talking about people who are struggling, people who can only find part time work and are struggling to make ends meet.

“We should be doing as much as we can for people who are struggling, not taking pence away from them; it may be pence to us but it’s pounds for them.”

Eight councillors voted in favour of a four per cent rise, and seven voted against.

1 comment

  • Can we have the names of those who voted for this increase...Elections are in May 2015....

    Report this comment

    David Glaholm

    Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Other News Stories

RNLI lifeguards have been busy again in 2011 on North Devon beaches. PIC: RNLI.

RNLI lifeguards had a busy week as they rescued people from rip currents and dealt with several serious medical episodes on Croyde and Woolacombe.

Read more
11:45
Flora Kyte, Ben Price, Ottelie Kuehne, Hannah Munro-O'Brien, Bethany Lee, Emily Yelland and Helena Reed celebrate top results at South Molton Community College. Picture: Matt Smart

Teenagers across the region opened their results today (Thursday), with more exceptional achievements for schools in the area.

Read more

Mystery surrounds the circumstances as to how the man was found injured in the early hours after Hartland Carnival. Can you help?

Read more
10:20
The Seamoor Unit has won a regional award

Seamoor Unit is named ‘best building under £2m’ at the Michelmores Property Awards

Read more
09:38
MV Balmoral is welcomed to Bideford. Picture: Graham Hobbs

The vessel arrived in Bideford with 224 passengers as was greeted by the mayor and town crier.

Read more
09:34
A pop-up night club transformed the Wrey Arms pub in Sticklepath, Barnstaple. Picture: Contributed

First pop-up club is held at The Wrey Arms with disco, lights and plenty of party spirit.

Read more
09:06
Councillors Des Brailey and Dick Jones at the Maple Grove land before it was cleared.

Wasteland is tidied up and given over to community use

Read more
Fire engine

Telehandler was destroyed in the fire this morning (Thursday) which also damaged tractor, trailer and large hay bales.

Read more
08:00
A chance to explore wildlife haven at Meeth Quarry on the water.

The lakes at Meeth Quarry are not normally open to water sports - but for one day only explore them by kayak, canoe or raft with Devon Wildlife Trust.

Read more
Yesterday, 19:20
Can you give the loving Jean-Paul a home?

With Barnstaple & District Cats Protection

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 19°C

min temp: 10°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications