Colchester Council set to freeze council tax

Gazette: Colchester Council set to freeze council tax Colchester Council set to freeze council tax

COLCHESTER Council has agreed to freeze council tax.

The Lib Dem, Labour and independent administration had been considering a 1.95 per cent rise.

The council would have faced Government sanctions for enforcing the rise, but decided to follow most other local authorities and freeze its portion of the bill.

Council leader Anne Turrell said: “We felt it would be unfair to the people of Colchester if they were the odd one out.”

Band D taxpayers had faced a rise of £3.42 a year, just over 6p a week.

The Government has offered to support councils which freeze their precepts, with a grant worth £107,000 for Colchester.

The budget is expected to be voted through at next Wednesday’s full council meeting.

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10:13am Thu 13 Feb 14

Jess Jephcott says...

....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not. Jess Jephcott
  • Score: -2

10:18am Thu 13 Feb 14

wardyt says...

Jess Jephcott wrote:
....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.
[quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.[/p][/quote]If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money. wardyt
  • Score: 3

11:47am Thu 13 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

wardyt wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.
On what?
[quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.[/p][/quote]If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.[/p][/quote]On what? Reginald47
  • Score: -4

12:15pm Thu 13 Feb 14

wardyt says...

Reginald47 wrote:
wardyt wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.
On what?
Icelandic Banks
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.[/p][/quote]If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.[/p][/quote]On what?[/p][/quote]Icelandic Banks wardyt
  • Score: 3

12:19pm Thu 13 Feb 14

wardyt says...

Reginald47 wrote:
wardyt wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.
On what?
Highstreet Car Ban
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.[/p][/quote]If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.[/p][/quote]On what?[/p][/quote]Highstreet Car Ban wardyt
  • Score: 0

12:29pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

wardyt wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
wardyt wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.
On what?
Highstreet Car Ban
Nothing to do with Colchester Borough Council
[quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.[/p][/quote]If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.[/p][/quote]On what?[/p][/quote]Highstreet Car Ban[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with Colchester Borough Council Reginald47
  • Score: 0

1:11pm Thu 13 Feb 14

jut1972 says...

Reginald47 wrote:
wardyt wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
wardyt wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.
On what?
Highstreet Car Ban
Nothing to do with Colchester Borough Council
Who drew up the plan in the first place?
[quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.[/p][/quote]If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.[/p][/quote]On what?[/p][/quote]Highstreet Car Ban[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with Colchester Borough Council[/p][/quote]Who drew up the plan in the first place? jut1972
  • Score: 2

2:51pm Thu 13 Feb 14

catflap1 says...

which services are these? certainly not street cleaning
which services are these? certainly not street cleaning catflap1
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Thu 13 Feb 14

catflap1 says...

and why isn't there a picture of the ridiculous hat woman - she's in all the others that have anything to do with the liberals
and why isn't there a picture of the ridiculous hat woman - she's in all the others that have anything to do with the liberals catflap1
  • Score: -4

5:44pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Reginald47 says...

jut1972 wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
wardyt wrote:
Reginald47 wrote:
wardyt wrote:
Jess Jephcott wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.
If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.
On what?
Highstreet Car Ban
Nothing to do with Colchester Borough Council
Who drew up the plan in the first place?
Essex County Council decided to reintroduce elements of the original plan. The Borough were told by Mr Bass, not asked.
[quote][p][bold]jut1972[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reginald47[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wardyt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Jess Jephcott[/bold] wrote: ....and so services will get worse and worse. But I suppose we have to all pull together to work with the government to get the deficit down, like it or not.[/p][/quote]If services would improve, I can see any reason not to pay an additional £3.42 per year. Problem is the council waste money.[/p][/quote]On what?[/p][/quote]Highstreet Car Ban[/p][/quote]Nothing to do with Colchester Borough Council[/p][/quote]Who drew up the plan in the first place?[/p][/quote]Essex County Council decided to reintroduce elements of the original plan. The Borough were told by Mr Bass, not asked. Reginald47
  • Score: 6

6:49pm Thu 13 Feb 14

colcestrian says...

If the Council are trying to save money, could someone explain why they have spent money ( no doubt thousands ) re-placing a wooden fence at the base of the thick hedge outside the council flats in Layer Road ?
If the Council are trying to save money, could someone explain why they have spent money ( no doubt thousands ) re-placing a wooden fence at the base of the thick hedge outside the council flats in Layer Road ? colcestrian
  • Score: 0

10:40pm Thu 13 Feb 14

stevedawson says...

Stupid decision, stupid government.the council tax should have been raised by £10 band d and up pro rata.that would be the only way to fund the work needed in the county.
Stupid decision, stupid government.the council tax should have been raised by £10 band d and up pro rata.that would be the only way to fund the work needed in the county. stevedawson
  • Score: -3

11:14pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Hamiltonandy says...

Colchester Council is solely responsible for the lost part of the £4million and the lost interest and not one councillor has apologised or expressed shame over their stupidity.
Colchester Council decided to go for the hideous VAF and still pour money into this failed status symbol. They never learned and bought up more buildings in the "cultural quarter" to be abandoned like St James/Roman House. The night club in the old police station have voted with their feet and gone. So far Curzon cinemas have not publicly given up converting part of the derelict buildings but lost enthusiasm when the council publicly stated in a Gazette letter there would be no handouts to pay for the conversion. The days when the Arts Council would squander public money on hopeless projects have gone. Time to tell the Firstsite parasites to earn a living rather than living off the taxpayer.
Rather than paying business rates on abandoned buildings Colchester Council could permit charities to use them. I remember asking permission to provide a mobility scooter service at the old bus station when it was still running. An arrogant councillor told me there was no room. No permission either at the new so called bus station.
Colchester Council gave away five acres of land in the Hythe with no guaranteed return. Naturally the developer will do the minimum and inflate his costs so there is unlikely to be much benefit in the form of social housing or community facilities.
Remember when Colchester Council closed Tymperleys and its gardens for over three years and it is still closed. They set the conditions so no charity could bid for it and even resorted to locking the gates to ensure a inspection visit could not go ahead. As I found when accompanied by a Civic society representative and the estate agent.
Colchester Council has offended at least one government dept. No wonder they view this council as a basket case and have refused three government grants so far. The latest example is the park and ride that should have got the money without any problem.
Colchester Council is solely responsible for the lost part of the £4million and the lost interest and not one councillor has apologised or expressed shame over their stupidity. Colchester Council decided to go for the hideous VAF and still pour money into this failed status symbol. They never learned and bought up more buildings in the "cultural quarter" to be abandoned like St James/Roman House. The night club in the old police station have voted with their feet and gone. So far Curzon cinemas have not publicly given up converting part of the derelict buildings but lost enthusiasm when the council publicly stated in a Gazette letter there would be no handouts to pay for the conversion. The days when the Arts Council would squander public money on hopeless projects have gone. Time to tell the Firstsite parasites to earn a living rather than living off the taxpayer. Rather than paying business rates on abandoned buildings Colchester Council could permit charities to use them. I remember asking permission to provide a mobility scooter service at the old bus station when it was still running. An arrogant councillor told me there was no room. No permission either at the new so called bus station. Colchester Council gave away five acres of land in the Hythe with no guaranteed return. Naturally the developer will do the minimum and inflate his costs so there is unlikely to be much benefit in the form of social housing or community facilities. Remember when Colchester Council closed Tymperleys and its gardens for over three years and it is still closed. They set the conditions so no charity could bid for it and even resorted to locking the gates to ensure a inspection visit could not go ahead. As I found when accompanied by a Civic society representative and the estate agent. Colchester Council has offended at least one government dept. No wonder they view this council as a basket case and have refused three government grants so far. The latest example is the park and ride that should have got the money without any problem. Hamiltonandy
  • Score: -3

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