Council tax bills to rise following funding cuts

PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:07 09 February 2018

There will be a five per cent rise on council tax.

There will be a five per cent rise on council tax.

Archant

Council tax will increase by 4.95 per cent in Burnham-on-Sea and Highbridge after town councillors voted unanimously to support the motion.

The rise will take effect in April after the town council had its funding cut by £20,000, a figure set by Sedgemoor District Council due to central government cutbacks.

The increase of 4.95 per cent is on top of a five per cent increase last year, which amounts to £4.43 per year, or 37p per month.

A total of £600,000 was earmarked by the town council to maintain its services.

Services run by the council include providing the Princess Theatre, in Princess Street, community space, maintaining three cemeteries, statutory responses to planning applications, maintaining allotments and supporting youth projects.

Town clerk, Tatiana Cant, said: “Sedgemoor District Council has been phasing out the support grant which they used to pass on to town and parish councils.

“This means that we will receive £20,819 less than last year. It has been very difficult to make adjustments to accommodate this serious deficit.

“Our main sources of income are the Princess Theatre, cemeteries and allotments – but in all cases these also require expense from the council to maintain these facilities.

Mike Facey, policy and finance committee chairman, said: “Compared to other towns in North Somerset, our rise is small, less than 10p per day.

“What it allows us to do is maintain our services, there will be no loss of staff and we will continue to operate to our high standards.”

More from Weston Mercury

Yesterday, 20:00

A top television comedian will showcase his stand-up skills on a South West stage next month.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:12

Plans to create a cycle hire shop at the Tropicana have been submitted.

Read more
The Tropicana Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 13:00

The man behind one of Weston’s most iconic sights – the town’s beach donkeys – has died aged 91.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:00

A swimming pool could be built on the outskirts of Weston as part of a proposed 320-caravan holiday park.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:00

A Weston-super-Mare couple have toasted their diamond wedding anniversary, celebrating 60 years together.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Around 1,100 people attended a party in the park in Weston-super-Mare.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00

A drug and alcohol charity has revealed a number of warning signs to look out for if you are worried a loved one is drinking too much.

Read more
Weston-super-Mare
Yesterday, 07:00

A Weston-super-Mare woman fears for the safety of her ‘daughter and all members of their community’ following a rise in antisocial behaviour incidents.

Read more
Mon, 21:00

Hundreds of people who attended an open garden event run by a Weston manufacturing firm have helped to raise in excess of £2,000 for Weston Hospicecare.

Read more
Weston Hospicecare Weston-super-Mare
Mon, 18:42

A devoted granddaughter is taking part in a skydive to raise money for Weston Hospicecare which cared for her ‘heroic Pops’.

Read more

Most Read News

Read Online

Image
Read the Weston Worle and Somerset Mercury e-edition E-edition

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 20°C

min temp: 16°C

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
Competitions
Send Your Letters
Order Photos
Family notices
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Newsletter Sign Up

Weston Mercury twice-weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Show Job Lists