Wisbech Town Council increases its precept

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A Fenland council is set to increase its share of the council tax bill.

Wisbech Town Council has agreed to raise its share of the council tax by more than 13 per cent following a meeting last week.

The council’s precept is rising from £203,133 to £235,454, which makes a difference of £4.46 per annum and 8.6p per week for Band D properties.

As half of the properties in Wisbech are Band A this rise equates to an extra 6p a week for these homes.

Street lighting, town events and saving up for election costs are the reason for the increase.

Leader David Oliver said: “It is not something we really want to do but we went out to the electorate last year to ask if they would like the town council to take on street lighting from Cambridgeshire County Council. They came back and said ‘yes’ and that is partly the reason for the increase.

“Like everything else we had to look at our different costs to make as many savings as we possibly can.”

The council is estimating the cost of holding elections would be around £40,000 and is hoping to put aside £10,000 a year.

Up to £17,403 will also be set aside to cover the costs of keeping the street lights on.

The council is also hoping to increase the number of town centre events which are held to boost visitor numbers.

- Councillors have also agreed to spend £193.66 on reducing the height of a street light in Ghost Passage providing it does not affect CCTV.