Brightlingsea Town Council’s precept – the proportion of council tax that goes to the authority – is to increase from April. The increase will cost council taxpayers an additional £1.20 for a Band D property.
Councillor Steady, Chairman of the council’s Finance and Property Committee, commented: “The increase will allow the council to fund initiatives similar to the Feet on the Street (better policing in Brightlingsea), which was operated in partnership with Tendring District Council and Essex Police, resulting in a reduction in anti social behaviour, under pinning the ongoing redevelopment of the towns Lido and salary increases for council staff.
“Being aware that the financial climate is still challenging, we have kept the increase low while identifying different revenue streams to help fund the council’s operations. In the last year we have accessed £20,000 this way with another £15,000 agreed for the next financial year, April 2019 to March 2020, we are in negotiations to access a further substantial amount. We have accessed, from Tendring District Council, £12,200 for boundary posts on the Western Promenade; £40,000 for resurfacing Batemans Tower car park, £130,000 for the revamping of the Batemans public toilets.
“A grant application has been submitted to the Sufuse scheme which encompasses £300,000 for the Lido and £240,000 for the skate park. A big challenge which could surface in the New Year is a cut in Essex County Council’s spending, from their consultation document it would appear that the library service is under threat, so following on from the councils success of accessing the aforementioned funding from Tendring District Council and acquiring the Lido from Tendring District Council, then nominating Councillor Barry as the councils lead on the project, Town and District Councillors Karen Yallop and Jayne Chapman will lead on the library issue. Councillor Yallop is a member of The Community Leadership Committee at Tendring District Council which is to discuss this issue.”