Town's taxpayers' face 50 per cent rate rise

TAXPAYERS across Weston are facing almost a 50 per cent increase in their annual bill from Weston Town Council.

TAXPAYERS across Weston are facing almost a 50 per cent increase in their annual bill from Weston Town Council.

At a full council meeting last week Conservative members voted overwhelmingly to approve this year's precept.

This means people living in a band D property will have to pay 28 pence per week more than last year for council services.

These include the award-winning Flower Power team, which works hard to make the resort look attractive, emptying dog bins and providing bus shelters.


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Councillor Mark Canniford, who opposed the increase, said Conservative members were acting like 'kids in a candy store selecting pet projects'.

He said: "This country is facing a possible recession and a credit crunch and the administration is going to lump an additional 50 per cent on hard-working families and pensioners on fixed incomes."

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However, council leader Cllr Keith Morris said: "It is less than the price of a chocolate bar and we feel it represents great value for the people of Weston."

Residents in Uphill have seen their annual £10,000 budget axed by the council which instead will go towards grants which can be allocated to small voluntary organisations, totalling £30,000 this year.

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