Car park triggers village’s tax hike

Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Daniel Evans in rehearsals for Racing Demon at the Crucible Thu 10 Feb to Sat 5 March 2011
Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Daniel Evans in rehearsals for Racing Demon at the Crucible Thu 10 Feb to Sat 5 March 2011

RESIDENTS in Holme-on-Spalding Moor can expect a hike in their local council tax after it was decided they should contribute to the re-surfacing of a local car park.

The bays at the village hall are to be re-laid this year and it was decided that an increase of more than 9.4 per cent would be needed to help cover a large chunk of the £12,000 costs.

However, it would mean average band D householder, who currently pays £23.95 a year, will be expected to pay out £26.20 to the local parish council during the upcoming new financial year, an increase of just £2.25 per year.

The precepts for East Riding Council, Humberside Police and Humberside Fire and Rescue are yet to be determined.

In a regular newsletter produced by Holme’s Parish Plan Advisory Committee (PPAC), it read: “The parish council has agreed that the residents should contribute to the re-surfacing of the car park since it is used by so many of the population either shopping or attending regular events at the scout hall, the hall, the club, the playing fields, the library, the play area and business people who leave their vehicles at the car park.

“With this in mind, the money will be raised from the precept over a two-year period.

“Last year this amounted to about 50p per week per household, so with say four people in a house it amounts to only 12p per week per person for all the services the parish council provide over and above that is provided by the ERYC [East Riding of Yorkshire Council].

“It is a figure that surely if it was even doubled to £1 a week per household, would mean better facilities and services that the parish council could then offer. Surely that would not mount to hardship in a household?”

With 2,535 people on the Holme electoral register, on average the increase amounts to 98p extra per adult each year.

The increase was calculated so that the contribution to the car park work of £8,000 will be paid in two equal installments over the next two financial years, with the village hall funding the remaining £4,000.

Work is expected to begin during the better weather, and it is estimated that the car park could be out of action for a week.

l Meanwhile, Market Weighton Town council have announced that they will be increasing their precept by 2.5 per cent for the forthcoming year. However, with the increased number of properties built in the town over the past year, the rise is equates to 1.77 per cent- and increase of £1.06 for a band D property.

Mayor of Market Weighton, Councillor Peter Hemmerman said: “The council have had to cut or reduce many items of expenditure in order to balance the books in the face of increased costs whilst trying to maintain an acceptable level of service to its residents.”

In Pocklington, the decision was taken before Christmas to freeze the precept for the forthcoming year.