Fifth year freeze for residents

RESIDENTS across the Bognor Regis area are on course for a council tax freeze for the fifth year running.

Members of Arun District Council’s cabinet endorsed the council’s budget on Monday which included a freeze in their share of the council tax for 2015/16.

Alan Peach, the council’s head of finance and property, told members the budget also included money for capital spending, which was warmly welcomed.

Cllr Gillian Brown, Arun’s leader, said: “This is a strong budget. We have a good capital spending project and a five-year freeze is a big achievement. This means Arun provides all of its services for £3 a week, which is excellent value for money.”

Cabinet member for housing Cllr Roger Elkins agreed: “I think the fact that we have not had a council tax rise in five years is exceptional and it is down to our prudent management.

“There are challenges going forward, but because of the difficult decisions we have already made we are in a good place to meet them.”

Cllr Paul Dendle, the cabinet member for leisure and amenities praised Bognor Regis Town Council for re-considering and continuing to support services in partnership with Arun.

A final decision will be made at a full meeting of all Arun’s members later this month. The final bill includes amounts set by other authorities including county, town and parish councils, Sussex Police and West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.