Authorities approve small increases to council tax precept

Pegswood Parish Council clerk Kevin Cassie.

Pegswood Parish Council clerk Kevin Cassie.

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Residents in two Northumberland communities will pay a little more council tax for the services carried out by the local authorities based in these areas.

Ponteland Town Council agreed to raise its portion of the precept to £380,587 – this represents a two per cent rise on an average band D property from the bill in 2015/16.

An increase of 2.7 per cent was approved by Pegswood Parish Council at a meeting this week, which means its precept for the 2016/17 financial year will be £95,800.

Pegswood clerk Kevin Cassie said this growth was mainly down to the fact that the council is taking on an increased workload.

At the Ponteland meeting, it was announced that a figure of £8,639 was available for projects.

Members were asked to submit their proposals to clerk Kath Mavin by the end of the month and a meeting will be arranged at a later date to decide on priorities.

It was agreed to increase rents for the allotments in the area by £1 across the board. There are currently 22 allotments, with three levels of fees depending on the size of the plots.

It was noted that the fees and charges for 2016/17 at Prestwick Cemetery would be considered by the cemetery committee in the near future, although these had no impact on the overall town council budget or precept.

In addition, a tree reserve will be established in April – this was agreed at a previous meeting.

Ponteland Town Council has also launched a public consultation about the possibility of installing some adult fitness equipment in Ponteland Park.

Details can be viewed at its offices and at www.ponte land-tc.gov.uk

Comments can be emailed to enquiries@ponteland-tc.gov.uk