Vil­lagers back coun­cil tax rise

North Wales Weekly News - - FRONT PAGE - BY JEZ HEMMING jez.hemming@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @JezWeek­lyNews

RES­I­DENTS of a Conwy town have backed an in­crease of 16.8% in their own coun­cil tax.

The peo­ple of Pen­maen­mawr de­cided to support their town coun­cil’s pro­posed rise in its pre­cept to fund com­mu­nity projects.

The coun­cil had con­ducted a se­ries of pub­lic con­sul­ta­tions over whether to in­crease the pre­cept.

Far from meet­ing with op­po­si­tion, the pro­posal was wel­comed by the majority of the town’s peo­ple, who were only too happy to help wor­thy causes.

Mayor Dafydd Lloyd-Bor­land said: “We held three con­sul­ta­tion ses­sions on the level of coun­cil tax and what com­mu­nity projects we should be sup­port­ing.

“We gave res­i­dents three op­tions: a stand­still bud­get, a mod­est in­crease with a cor­re­spond­ing in­crease in grant fund­ing, and an even larger rise. The over­whelm­ing majority backed the sec­ond op­tion.”

The coun­cil then voted for a £125,000 pre­cept, which equates to a 40p per week in­crease for a band D prop­erty.

Aber­conwy AM Janet FinchSaun­ders praised the coun­cil’s will­ing­ness to en­gage with res­i­dents.

She said: “How won­der­ful to hear a town coun­cil putting its res­i­dents’ needs and wishes at the cen­tre of their af­fairs.

“I wish more coun­cils would work in this way and in­volve res­i­dents in a proac­tive and in­clu­sive man­ner.”

The coun­cil sup­ports com­mu­nity cen­tres, a com­mu­nity bus, a li­brary, a mu­seum, clubs and so­ci­eties.

Cllr Lloyd-Bor­land said: “We are a pro­gres­sive coun­cil. The pub­lic clearly want us to con­tinue and en­hance this pro­gramme.”

Pen­maen­mawr Town Coun­cil­lors con­sult­ing the pub­lic, who agreed to pay more coun­cil tax to fund com­mu­nity projects

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