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Council tax and parking charges set to rise again

Full details of council's £8m saving plan for next year unveiled today

Dan Cooper

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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 

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  • Bobby

    01/11/2016 - 13:01

    Wow, we really do live in a self entitled world. Why do people expect to get everything for free? If you want all these services then someone has to pay. Unfortunately it's a fact of life, that in order for the local council to provide all these things we, the residents of the district, have to pay for them through council tax. Sure it sucks that council tax is going up, but then I'd rather pay more and still receive the service. Also why are people still whinging about that flag pole? It's done, get over it. If you spent as much time doing something useful for the community as you do whinging about that flag pole life wouldn't be quite so bad.

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  • LeeCripps

    01/11/2016 - 06:06

    Thatcham station parking already causes people to park in residential roads... adding more to that list will make it worse... even if it is £1/day that seems too much for most who want to park for free! /dislike!

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  • Oldmoaner

    31/10/2016 - 21:09

    Once upon a time councils were about public services, where the public came first, now we have empire builders that sit in plush offices and waste all the council tax on legal fee's while creating their own little kingdom and playing power games. Residents do not even get a thought in their minds its all developers and useless planners, is it not time to go back to a single streamlined Royal County of Berkshire public service authority or at least join with Reading and do away with the Worst Berkshire Council.

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  • Hammerthebookie

    31/10/2016 - 19:07

    History repeating itself ? Female prime minister ? council cutbacks ? NHS in meltdown . Will not be long, for all those who remember the Thatcher years

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