A TOWN council is set to raise it's precept by over five per cent for the next financial year. Cheadle Town Council has budgeted for events such as the 75th Anniversary celebrations of VE Day and the Cheadle Carnival 2020 – all of which will be taking place within the coming 12 months. A precept is a 'bill' which parish and town councils, and other statutory bodies, send to district councils – the authorities which collect council tax.
This year the town council has asked Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for £290,194, which is a 6.3 per cent rise on last year’s request.
This comes out as a 5.39 per cent precept increase for residents for the upcoming financial year.
For residents in the area who own a Band D property, this will mean paying £76.65 a year, a £3.92 increase on last year per household – equating to a rise of 7.5p per week.
Like last year, the council has earmarked £5,000 each for the Cheadle Carnival and the Party in the Park in their budget for the next financial year.
This time around, it has also planned to set aside another £5,000 for the 75th Anniversary celebrations for VE Day.
Cheadle Town Council Clerk Helen Hunter told the Times and Echo: “This is a one-off event.
“The council will never get the opportunity to do something like this again.
“We already have had a little bit of money come in from kind donations and sponsors for it.”
A total of £9,000 has also been budgeted for this year’s Christmas lights and £2,000 apiece has been allocated to tree inspections and a “burial fund”.
Ms Hunter explained: “We already have got a burial fund and Councillor Ian Plant wanted to top it up because we are close to needing it to use the new piece of land we have there.
“It’s something that will be a benefit to everyone.
“We’ve put a small amount in this year and the council may look at increasing that sum next year.”
In relation to the tree inspections allocation, Ms Hunter stated: “We own a few parks and the cemetery and we have a role to inspect trees in these.
“We’ve already given the money to Arb Tree Care who do inspections for us.
“This is done for safety reasons, such as when tree branches fall off, as it is a public place so we have got to look after our statutory obligations.”
Chair of Finance and Resources at Cheadle Town Council, Councillor Dave Sargeant told the Times and Echo: “As well as our normal obligations such as maintenance of the towns recreation grounds, cemetery, insurance etc, we will be supporting some of the charitable organisations and community events in the town, Home Link, Citizens Advice, Christmas Lights event, VE75, Party in the Park, Churchill Road Festival, Cheadle Carnival and Cheadle in Bloom.
“2020 will be another memorable year for the town building on the success of the events of 2019 and the additional VE75 celebration Cheadle will be a front runner in bringing attractions to the town and the Moorlands.
“The town council, whilst meeting its requirements to provide the finances to operate the council, also recognises the need to provide financial support to many of our local community groups in delivering their valuable services alongside community events all this within parameters of our financial responsibilities to the people of the town.”
Cheadle Town Council’s precept information will now be submitted to the Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
The total council tax paid by each household in Cheadle also includes precepts from Staffordshire Fire & Rescue, Staffordshire Police, Staffordshire County Council, and Staffordshire Moorlands District Council.
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