COUNCIL tax will rise by almost five per cent from April after West Berkshire Council approved its budget for 2017/18.
Parking charges will also rise in council-run car parks in Newbury, Thatcham, Pangbourne and Theale.
Opposition leader Lee Dillon slammed the ruling Conservative group and said the council was in a sorry state.
The council’s acting leader Graham Jones said local government was facing a “perfect storm”, with government grants being cut while demand for services continued to rise.
At last Thursday’s meeting, Mr Jones said: “It gives me no great pleasure to propose the (council tax) increase I do tonight, but I do it in the knowledge it is the right thing to do.”
The council needs to save £8m in the next financial year after having its government funding slashed from £33m in 2011 to £3.7m in 2017/18.
For more, see this week's Newbury Weekly News, out on Thursday.