Council Tax 2010 To Rise By Just 2.99%

CASTLE POINT BOROUGH COUNCIL is set to increase its proportion of the Council Tax by 2.99 per cent from 1 April.

The Council’s financial management which has been recognised as performing well in an independent assessment, means it is able to maintain priority services for the coming year and hold £1.1m in reserves for unforeseen circumstances.

Taking into account requirements from Essex County Council, Essex Fire and Police authorities and Canvey Island Town Council, the Council Tax for a Band D property will be £1,535.85 for residents of Canvey Island and £1,514.88 for other Castle Point residents. Castle Point Council receives just under £230 of this sum – with the remainder going to the other authorities. The rise equates to around 13p a week for a family for services provided by the Borough.

The Council has agreed a £2.7m refurbishment programme to revitalise the Borough’s leisure facilities, including £1.3m for Waterside Farm, Canvey Island, £723,900 on Runnymede Pool, Thundersley, and £76, 000 at the Paddocks, Canvey Island, and £10,300 for a new crabbing pool and ramp at the New Sea Water Paddling Pool at Canvey Seafront.

Council Leader Pam Challis OBE said: “The Council, like local residents faces tough challenges as we balance our budget in these difficult times, yet through prudent financial management we have also been able to make significant investment in Castle Point’s future.

“We are maintaining essential services that are important to the local community, like refuse collections, doorstep recycling and concessionary bus travel, yet we cannot spend more than we receive.”

Presenting the budget, Councillor Jeffrey Stanley said: “We continue to strive to work more efficiently and to provide high quality and value for money services to residents.”

The budget means the Council will continue to fund key priority services for residents, including  £57,400  to part fund four Community Support Police Officers, contributions totalling £161,500 to local charities, the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Castle Point Association of Voluntary Services and Crossroads, £12,200 to renew bus shelters, £15,000 for an out of hours noise patrol service during the summer months, £70,000 for Neighbourhood spending and £248,000 to help disabled residents adapt their homes.

Full details of how the new rates will effect you can be found on the Council’s Website.

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