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Council votes for precept rise

A Holbeach Junior Football Club presentation at Carter's Park, Holbeach, where the parish council is to spend �7,500 on new fencing.

A Holbeach Junior Football Club presentation at Carter's Park, Holbeach, where the parish council is to spend �7,500 on new fencing.

Holbeach Parish Council is to raise its precept by nearly £2,500 or just over one per cent for the coming year.

Spending on allotments, playing fields and other services in the Holbeach area was agreed by councillors at a meeting on Monday.

The precept rise means a small increase for council tax payers in 2014-15 compared to last year when they were asked for an average of £56.66 based on a Band D property.

Included in the budget is £7,500 for new fencing at Carter’s Park and almost £5,700 for CCTV in Holbeach, a bill cut from last year’s precept.

Coun Paul Brighton, finance committee chairman, said: “We did have a wishlist but we cut it down in order to keep the precept rise at a reasonable level of under two per cent.

“In terms of working out our budget for 2014-15, it all went very smoothly, although we’re not going to do everything we would have liked to do.

“But instead, we’re going to do everything that’s essential.”

This means improvements to Carter’s Park will go ahead after it was branded an “eyesore” by parish council vice chairman John Spencer at Monday’s meeting.

He said: “There’s a lot of work to be done in Carter’s Park and I think now’s the time to do it, so we’re going ahead with the fencing work to make the place more presentable and not an eyesore.

 
 
 

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