January 25, 2011
a week tax rise will save threatened council services in Burnham
and Highbridge residents face a 29p a week council tax hike to
pay for the cost of the Town Council taking over the maintenance
of public toilets, dog litter bins and the town's Princess Theatre
from cash-strapped Sedgemoor District Council.
Town Council's Policy
and Finance Committee met on Monday night (January 24th) to assess
how much extra tax would be required to pay for the services.
It follows the recent decision by Sedgemoor District Council
that it would close public toilets, no longer empty dog litter
bins, and close the Princess at the end of March unless alternative
funding could be found from other sources.
Shaw, Clerk to Burnham and Highbridge Town Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The recommendation of the Policy and Finance Committee,
which will be presented to the full Town Council meeting on 7th
February, is to set a precept figure of £525,497 which will
mean that the share of the council tax paid by a Band D property
in Burnham or Highbridge which comes to the Town Council will
rise by £15.10 to £76.09 a year, an increase of 29
pence per week."
increase will enable the Town Council to provide funding to Sedgemoor
District Council to keep the public conveniences in Burnham and
Highbridge open and to continue to empty dog litter bins. During
the coming year, however, discussions will continue to find a
more cost effective way of providing these services."
Town Council is also in negotiation with Sedgemoor District Council
to look at ways in which the Town Council can manage and operate
the Princess Theatre to ensure that the facilities are retained
for the benefit of the community.
Mrs Shaw said: "This means that a budget provision has also
been made for this, but again the Town Council is looking into
ways of providing this service in a more cost-effective manner."
"Also included in the budget figure is a sum for
other services provided by other authorities, which may also be
under threat in the coming year unless the Town Council can find
some funding to continue them."
A final decision on the precept demand will be made at
the Town Council meeting on Monday 7th February at 7pm in the
Council Chambers in Jaycroft Road. The meeting will be open to
the public as usual and, provided that written notice is given
to the Town Clerk by 12 noon on Friday 4th February, interested
members of the public can address councillors for a maximum of