Modest increase for town council precept
Residents in a Northumberland community will pay a little more council tax for the services carried out by their most local authority.
Ponteland Town Council recently agreed to raise its portion of the precept to £394,517 – this represents a two per cent rise on an average band D property from the bill in 2016/17.
It was agreed to increase allotment rents 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.
The rises will come into effect from April.
As part of the overall budget, there is an increase to the planning budget to £2,000 for possible payment for advice.
In addition, the council agreed to continue providing a subsidy for the 74 bus service to Newcastle on a Saturday night. It also goes through Matfen and Stamfordham.
It was noted that the fees and charges for 2017/18 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.