Grange Town Council hikes tax to afford public toilets
Last updated at 14:42, Thursday, 12 January 2012
TAXES in a South Lakeland town will be hiked by more than half to cover a hole in the budget of the district council.
Grange Town Council took over the running of two public toilets, the tourist information centre and the allotments at Grange Fell Road from South Lakeland District Council in the 2011-12 term.
SLDC could no longer afford to run the facilities.
The town council now needs more money from residents to cover its additional costs and precepts in Grange will rise by an average of £23.30 from April.
Grange Town Council will collect £134,742 from the increased rates.
Councillors debated the rise at a meeting of Grange Town Council.
Robert Cass, financial services manager for Grange Town Council, said in the summary: “The 2012-13 budget signals a determination by Grange Town Council to protect and enhance a number of key facilities in the community.
“All of these have been considered essential to the well-being of the town and its attraction to visitors.
“A significant part of the additional commitments has been a response to the withdrawal of services by the district council.”
The charge, on top of SLDC’s council tax levvy, will rise from £40.40 to £64.10 for a band ‘D’ property.
It is an increase of around 45p per week – the equivalent of a pint of milk.
The new budget will include £23,990 to run public toilets and build a disabled-friendly facility on the Promenade, and £19,500 to refurbish the Victoria Hall.
Mayor Tom Harvey said he felt the increase gave good value for money for residents.
Resident Pauline Wilson, who lives on Grange Fell, said the facilities were vital to the town and without them it would suffer.
Mrs Wilson said: “In a recession, it doesn’t surprise me. I don’t really see how we can object. If we lost the facilities, it would be a detriment to the town.
“We just have to bite the bullet and go with it. Besides, if you think of it in long terms, it isn’t that much.”
But some residents are unsure. Dorothy Hornung agrees that the facilities are needed but is concerned about funding.
Mrs Hornung said: “I think it’s terrible that SLDC closed the toilets and it’s good that the town council took them on.
“We get so many visitors, it’s vital.
“It all comes down to the fact that there’s no money and I don’t know where it’s all going to come from.”
First published at 13:15, Thursday, 12 January 2012
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
The volume of visitors the Town gets in the Summer Months we must have public toilet facilities even if the residents have to pay for them through the council tax.
We are a visitor friendly Town and it must continue.
Make your comment
More Grange news
- Grange woman who fraudulently claimed benefits in court (2 comments)
- Barrow, South Lakes and Copeland voters share their views
- Puddles the Cumbria otter cub travels to specialist hospital in Scotland
- Good Samaritan tells of impact of Grange drunk’s attack
- South Lakes housing estate plan approved
- Store owner appeals to public after £25,000 jewellery heist
- Grange man accused of grooming girl for sex
- Loved ones remembered at Cumbria service
- New Grange estate proposal branded ‘vandalism of a public view’
- Cumbria sex offender pensioner due in court today charged with loitering near children's play area
- Cumbria fly-tipper admits dumping his old sofa
- High winds close outdoor exhibition in South Cumbria
- Cartmel Races - Betfair Barbecue Day 2014
- Cartmel Races - Totepool Cumbria Crystal Hurdle Day 2014
- Two race horses perish at Cartmel races in South Cumbria (16 comments)
- Consultation begins on £1.4m South Cumbria homes proposal (1 comment)
- Cartmel Vintage Race Night
- Barrow bakery has recipe for success
- Car stolen in South Cumbria
- Barrow and Grange venues for summer street gallery exhibition
- Cumbria chef Simon Rogan wins another accolade
- Concerns over application for 68 new homes in Cumbria town
- Grange care home residents given month to leave (2 comments)
- Police appeal after Cumbria collision between car and pedestrian
- Work on multi-million housing development in South Cumbria under way