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Neston Town Council Precept To Rise by 10p a Week

Published: 29th January 2020 10:45

Neston Town Council's spending proposals for the coming year will cost residents of the average Band D house an extra £5 in council tax for the year - an average increase of 10p a week.

It excludes Cheshire West and Chester Council's charge and the police and fire service precepts. At the Full Council meeting on Tuesday evening, Council scrutinised its overall budgets and agreed at the very least in needed to ‘break even', and to make a request from Cheshire West and Chester Council that matched its projected net expenditure budget.

Neston Town Hall

In previous years the town council has used its cash reserves in an effort not to increase the council tax levy. However, with cost increases and the need to maintain a working reserve, the council says this has not been possible this year and is unsustainable.

To balance the budget the Town Council will levy a precept of £270,082. This amounts to £45.82 a year for the average (Band D) household: an annual increase of £5 or 10p a week.  The Council notes that although other councils have differing responsibilities and costs, Neston has one of the lowest precept levels in Cheshire.

Precept information from Government website


Neston Town Council says that the increase will allow it to maintain the services it provides and critically balance its budgets. One of the key projects is to continue with improvements to Neston Market. This year the town hall basement was refurbished in order to assist with the relaunch of the revitalised basement market. This has been highly successful and helped to generate new income for the town council.

Basement food hall at Neston Market


A spokesperson said: "The Town Council is extremely proud of its grants programme that allows community groups and individuals to apply for funds and we all want to see this maintained.

"This year the grants budget is set at £35,266 and has already awarded notable grants to Neston Nomads Football Club (£10,000) for its 3G pitch project, £5,116.40 to Little Actors and £7,000 for the town's main Christmas event.

Maintenance and renewal

"New floral and greening arrangements have been on display this year and the council has had to stream-line its efforts in this department in order to reduce expenditure. The current greening budget is £28,000. It is hoped that this has not deterred enjoyment of these floral displays, certainly the judges of the Best Kept Village who awarded Neston a ‘Most Improved for 2019' didn't think so."

Hanging baskets in Neston town centre

Town council benches around the town have been brought up to standard and IT facilities have been renewed and improved but this is a continuing process and has ongoing costs. Council manage the town hall and this aging building has constant remedial costs to keep on top of, some of which are supported by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

The Council says it is currently looking to increase and improve investment in local services, such as Christmas lights which are a huge part of the Council's budget and without increased resources will be unachievable.

The spokesperson continued: "It is hoped that Neston residents will support our action and benefit from improved sustainable investments to add to the enjoyment of everyone who lives and works here."

Related content: Cheshire West council tax rise proposed for 2020/21


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John Cartlidge
At 16:54 on 29th January 2020, John Cartlidge commented:
"£5 in council tax for the year - an average increase of 10p a week."

..and in percentage terms.... around 10% - why is Neston Town Council seemingly uniquely mealy mouthed when it comes to things like this? Police budget clamouring for sub 3%, wider Councils trying to get 4 or 5%, yet Neston Town Council keeps writing the cheques. It might all be very worthy, but it is disingenuous to the point of dishonest to couch in such terms - please be open and transparent and state the percentage increase and how this compares to the wider County Council increase and Police / Fire budgets etc.

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