Members of Cotswold District Council have agreed a 2% increase in the authority’s share of local residents’ council tax payments for 2019/20, following a sequence of reductions and freezes over more than a decade which represented a real terms reduction of about 50% against a 2010 baseline.
The 2% rise means that the average band D charge for District services will increase from £126.40 per annum to £128.93 per annum – in other words less than 5 pence per week.
The Council also agreed:
- Continuation of the freeze on parking charges at all CDC-owned car parks.
- Abolishing Sunday parking charges at the Brewery car park in Cirencester (with effect from a date to be confirmed probably in April 2019) and reviewing Sunday parking charges at the Maugersbury Road car park in Stow-on-the-Wold.
- Extension of the ‘free after 3 pm’ parking scheme until the end of March 2020 at selected car parks across the District, including in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cirencester, Moreton-in-Marsh, Stow-on-the-Wold, and Tetbury.
- Making permanent a previous temporary investment in the Council’s planning enforcement service.
- Investing for two years in action against environmental crime such as fly tipping and dog fouling.
- Establishing a fund of £2,500 per Ward Member to enable Members to invest in issues which are a priority in their Ward.
- Retaining a garden waste collection service over the winter on a fortnightly collection basis.
CDC Leader Cllr Tony Berry said: “After so many years of cutting or freezing the council tax bill for local residents, we have decided that there is a valid case to introduce a 2% rise this year, ensuring that we can maintain our services to the required standards. This actually represents an annual increase of less than £3 for the average Band D taxpayer. I hope that residents will understand why we had to agree this measure against a backdrop of changes to government funding which indicate we will have to make even more savings than we originally anticipated over the next three or four years.
“Despite increasing our share of the council tax bill, we will still have to dip into our reserves to deliver our full range of services. Apparently, over 97% of local authorities are increasing their council tax this year which shows that nearly all councils are facing similar challenges.
“On the plus side, we have frozen parking charges again and I know that many motorists will be pleased to know that we are continuing our ‘free after 3 pm’ scheme in several car parks across the District, including the Brewery and Forum car parks in Cirencester. Our plans also include investment in a multi-storey car park in Cirencester and temporary decked car parking to replace parking spaces while construction of the multi-storey car park takes place.
“Everyone working on behalf of the Council is always trying to keep our costs down, and I am extremely grateful for their efforts as they continue to find savings and efficiencies without any detriment to our services. These people are key to ensuring that we can continue to provide excellent value for money.”
Via press release from CDC on 26 Feb 2019