Sandhurst bosses freeze town's council tax preceptBy Jennie Slevin
February 18, 2013
Councillors vowed to maintain services as they agreed to freeze Sandhurst Town Council’s precept in this year’s budget.
A vote was taken on the proposals for the next financial year during a full Sandhurst Town Council meeting.
Councillor Nick Allen, chairman of strategy and policy said: “This is all about delivering on our promises and the promises we have made are to maintain services provided by the town council.
“A lot of this budget goes on upkeep, keeping buildings under control.”
During the meeting at the council in Yorktown Road on Thursday, February 7, Cllr Allen outlined some of the expenses covered in the budget, including the return on the town’s fireworks display.
He added: “We’re starting to put money away for the building of the community hall and the new car park to sort out the parking issues we have here.
“We’ve also included a salary increase for the staff as they haven’t had one for three years.
“We’re spending more than our income but our reserves have gone up so it’s a fair budget.
“We’re fighting against raising the precept, it will hit us, but not yet – this year there’s a zero per cent increase for our residents and I think that’s very good value for money.”
The councillors agreed that maintaining services around Sandhurst was important, especially the day centre in Yorktown Road which provides support for the elderly.
Cllr Alan Ward said: “I know we get a lot of complaints about people using the day centre services who are not from Sandhurst, but the vast majority of them are from here and really need the service.
“Those who complain also need to remember that whenever they visit South Hill Park in Bracknell, they’re enjoying a service which another local authority has provided.
“Most of the residents I speak to actually say the facilities here are first class and you can’t have that quality without putting in the work.
“I think this is an excellent budget and will continue to provide the excellent facilities that the people of Sandhurst have come to expect.”