Cirencester Town Council approves 1.3 per cent rise in the town's budget for next financial year

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cirencester Town Council offices at Bingham House in Cirencester's Dyer Street Cirencester Town Council offices at Bingham House in Cirencester's Dyer Street

ADULTS living in Cirencester will each have to pay an extra £1.44 a year, following a 1.3 per cent rise in the town council’s budget for the next financial year.

Members of Cirencester Town Council voted unanimously in favour to increase the precept, the council’s share of the council tax, to £710,533.

The increases mean that residents living in a Band D property will have to pay £107.64 to CTC over the course of a year, £1.49 more than the current £106.15.

The decision was made at a special meeting held on Tuesday, January 21 in which members of the town council praised the budget.

Cirencester mayor Joe Harris described it as “good value for money” while Cllr Margaret Rickman hailed it “a prudent budget”.

Cllr Deryck Nash said that the1.3 per cent rise was reasonable in comparison to the national average of around four or five per cent.

He said: “I commend all those involved in completing the budget and I will be pleased to support it.”

The council’s total budget for the year 2014/15 is £840,550 with £65,000 allocated for projects in and around the town.

It was noted that while project expenditure had increased by £27,000, it was more accurate to say it had rose by only £17,000 due to the completion of the £10,000 tennis court project at St Michael’s Park last year.

Projects earmarked for the spending include a £1,000 upgrade to the town’s Christmas lights, £2,500 being used to restore the Amphitheatre and the £50,000 project to regenerate the town’s Market Place.

Salaries for the council’s community services department was increased by £26,100 to £54,500 – this rise was used to cover the transfer of the task officer from estate services and the inclusion of the youth information officer, which is now a fixed term position.

Cllr Joe Harris explained that the budget was reasonable considering the council acquired a number of services from Cotswold District Council including CCTV management and emergency planning.

He said: “This won’t please everybody but we have to look at the various things we have taken on in the last few years.”

Members also voted in favour of establishing a working group that would review the council’s accounts on an annual basis before setting the next year’s budget.

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4:16pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Olly Cromwell says...

Given the amount of services being pushed down onto Parish and Town Councils (without adequate compensation) by desperate Cotswold District Council I'm surprised the rise is this low.

In Chedworth the rise is a whopping 12% (but then the bumbling Parish Council is run by Tories who talk about low tax but then do the exact opposite hoping no-one is watching).
Given the amount of services being pushed down onto Parish and Town Councils (without adequate compensation) by desperate Cotswold District Council I'm surprised the rise is this low. In Chedworth the rise is a whopping 12% (but then the bumbling Parish Council is run by Tories who talk about low tax but then do the exact opposite hoping no-one is watching). Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 4

10:34pm Wed 29 Jan 14

David Broad says...

Chedworth has low council tax which is why an extra £1000 for fence repairs a new play area and other minor projects on an annual budget of around £7500 makes for a big increase percentage wise.
Chedworth has low council tax which is why an extra £1000 for fence repairs a new play area and other minor projects on an annual budget of around £7500 makes for a big increase percentage wise. David Broad
  • Score: -5

10:11pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Col Mustard says...

Nobody can spend money your money like the Libdems , er ! except
the Labour party and nobody can make money for themselves
like the Tories... But one thing they all have in
common is the ability to tell lies ...

Joined together by a common bond !

vote for anybody but the above and change
the politics of this country ...,
Nobody can spend money your money like the Libdems , er ! except the Labour party and nobody can make money for themselves like the Tories... But one thing they all have in common is the ability to tell lies ... Joined together by a common bond ! vote for anybody but the above and change the politics of this country ..., Col Mustard
  • Score: -4

4:23pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Susie Clark says...

This "pushing down" , as you describe it, Olly , was a government ( your government , in case, like Cllr Mark Harris in the Standard last week , you forget it is a Lib Dem /Conservative coalition ) initiative to devolve power. Cotswold District Council " desparate " ? Not desparate enough not to be able to reduce council tax by 5% last year . According to our family's tax bill, last year Glos County froze council tax and Cotswold reduced theirs, so Cirencester Town council have a lot to do to make up for their last 2 years of tax hikes well above inflation. No doubt you will be urging them to freeze it next year to help your election chances. Don't burden Olly with the facts, Mr. Broad - they just get in the way of his campaigning.
This "pushing down" , as you describe it, Olly , was a government ( your government , in case, like Cllr Mark Harris in the Standard last week , you forget it is a Lib Dem /Conservative coalition ) initiative to devolve power. Cotswold District Council " desparate " ? Not desparate enough not to be able to reduce council tax by 5% last year . According to our family's tax bill, last year Glos County froze council tax and Cotswold reduced theirs, so Cirencester Town council have a lot to do to make up for their last 2 years of tax hikes well above inflation. No doubt you will be urging them to freeze it next year to help your election chances. Don't burden Olly with the facts, Mr. Broad - they just get in the way of his campaigning. Susie Clark
  • Score: -6

7:42pm Fri 31 Jan 14

SimpleMind says...

Why can't I comment on the Pensioner attack article? I will use this article instead........ Disgusting,stupid and unbelievable. That is the 'Judge', I will not put in writing what I feel about the attacker.
Also Shame on the Standard for blocking comments on this.
Why can't I comment on the Pensioner attack article? I will use this article instead........ Disgusting,stupid and unbelievable. That is the 'Judge', I will not put in writing what I feel about the attacker. Also Shame on the Standard for blocking comments on this. SimpleMind
  • Score: 4

8:13pm Fri 31 Jan 14

Olly Cromwell says...

You'll find that the 'pushing down' from Cotswold District Council was occurring long before any Coalition at national level.

Let's take the CCTV hours in Cirencester, which was cut BEHIND closed doors by Lynden and his lackeys by 50%. leaving the town completely unguarded. The Tories never told anyone. Blood on your hands.

Innocent people were exposed to danger by crass insensitive Tories like medusa headed Susie.

Learn to spell 'desperate' you imbecile.
You'll find that the 'pushing down' from Cotswold District Council was occurring long before any Coalition at national level. Let's take the CCTV hours in Cirencester, which was cut BEHIND closed doors by Lynden and his lackeys by 50%. leaving the town completely unguarded. The Tories never told anyone. Blood on your hands. Innocent people were exposed to danger by crass insensitive Tories like medusa headed Susie. Learn to spell 'desperate' you imbecile. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 4

11:49am Sun 2 Feb 14

Col Mustard says...

Nice to see the political squabbling continues !
They all say the same and sound the same in fact there
Is no difference between them !

Vote for anyone but the Liblabcon change
politics it's the last chance !

n.b The liberal left with views of legalising
Cannabis and other drugs with a supine ineffective
Police and legal system will mean more people
will suffer...

http://m.youtube.com
/watch?v=HeD3lxrAwWM
Nice to see the political squabbling continues ! They all say the same and sound the same in fact there Is no difference between them ! Vote for anyone but the Liblabcon change politics it's the last chance ! n.b The liberal left with views of legalising Cannabis and other drugs with a supine ineffective Police and legal system will mean more people will suffer... http://m.youtube.com /watch?v=HeD3lxrAwWM Col Mustard
  • Score: -4

1:52pm Mon 3 Feb 14

Geoff66 says...

No one likes to see their bills going up, but i don't mind too much, just so long as we see something happening in Cirencester, to justify this increase!!

I hope it is based of CTC doing something with this money to improve the town's appearance and environment, and not simply on increasing wages or paying consultants huge sums of money to do nothing, or on projects which will go no where.

Lets see what happens over the next 12 months, and if it is nothing, then god help our politicians, because no will ever trust them again.

PS let's forget the party bashing....they are all as bad as one another
No one likes to see their bills going up, but i don't mind too much, just so long as we see something happening in Cirencester, to justify this increase!! I hope it is based of CTC doing something with this money to improve the town's appearance and environment, and not simply on increasing wages or paying consultants huge sums of money to do nothing, or on projects which will go no where. Lets see what happens over the next 12 months, and if it is nothing, then god help our politicians, because no will ever trust them again. PS let's forget the party bashing....they are all as bad as one another Geoff66
  • Score: -1

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