COUNCIL tax and parking charges are set to rise for the second successive year as West Berkshire Council looks to make savings of £8m in 2017/18.
It is proposing to increase parking charges in the main council-run car parks in Newbury by 20p an hour, while charges are also set to go up again in Thatcham, Theale, Hungerford and Pangbourne.
On-street parking is also set to be introduced near Thatcham Station.
Children over the age of 16 with special educational needs and disabilities may be asked to pay £703 to get the bus to school – a service that is currently free.
There's more bad news for some of the district's most vulnerable people, with funding to Citizens Advice set to be slashed by almost a third.
Funding for road safety and highways and drainage maintenance is proposed to be cut by reducing the number of road safety officers from two to one.
Around £1m is set to be cut from frontline services – those which directly impact residents – while the remainder is expected to be found from internal redundancies and council tax rises.
This year the council was forced to save £17.5m after having its government funding cut.
The consultation on the proposals opens today (Monday) and closes at midnight on Sunday, December 11.
Once the public consultation has closed the responses will be reviewed. A draft budget will be considered by the council’s executive on Thursday, February 16, 2017. If approved, it will go before full council for approval on Thursday, March 2, 2017.
View the proposals at www.westberks.gov.uk/budgetproposals