Toilet tax hike for village

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A PARISH council has increased its precept by 10 per cent for the next financial year as it is set to take on responsibility for running the village’s public toilets.

The toilet block in Woodborough Road in Winscombe will be taken on by the parish, subject to a written contract being put forward by North Somerset Council.

The decision of Winscombe and Sandford Parish Council is expected to cost it an estimated £5-6,000 per year.

North Somerset Council is slashing its public toilets budget and is looking for town and parish councils to take responsibility for the facilities.

Winscombe and Sandford’s decision to offer to take on the toilets means council tax band D ratepayers will have to pay £61.46 per annum to the parish council from April, compared with £55.91 at present.

The extra money will also go towards paying the clerk overtime for extra work and covering the cost of any parish elections in the next financial year.