Residents are spared council tax increase

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A COUNCIL tax freeze has been repeated for Aldwick’s residents.

Parish councillors agreed on Monday to keep the amount they will take from homeowners at £70,000 for the year from April.

It is the third year in a row the council’s share of the overall bill has stayed the same.

Council chairman Cllr Dr Tony Poland said after the meeting: “The reason we are able to do this is that we didn’t overspend during the good years. This has enabled us to build up a balance which we are now able to use.

“We are making Aldwick a better place for residents by working with Arun District Council’s contractor, ISS, on planting and paying for 24 Play Ranger sessions over six weeks. We have sponsored a roundabout on Lower Bognor Road and installed safety railings outside Rose Green Infant School.”

The council’s deputy chairman, Cllr Brian Dodd, sparked a debate with an unsuccessful bid to slash the precept - the council tax share for the parish council - to just £5,000.

He said it was the correct way legally and morally to treat the council’s balance.

But Cllr John Hockenhull said the council was eating into its reserves by spending some £37,000 more than it was collecting.

“We are giving money back by using our budget sensibly and doing things for Aldwick,” he said. “That makes much more sense to me.”