Budget to be set by Isle of Wight Council

By Martin Neville

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

 

UPDATED 21:22*

ISLANDERS will discover tonight (Wednesday) if their council tax bills will rise in April.

The Isle of Wight Council is set to decide on its budget for the coming year, including whether to raise its part of the council tax.

Any rise would be in addition to 1.99 per cent already added to the police precept and rises in parish and town council bills.

As reported, a recommendation has been made to freeze council tax this year — which would be partly made up for by a grant from government.

However Labour has put forward a proposal, due to be debated tonight, that council tax rise by £1.99 and senior Independents have said they would be open to considering a rise.

*Councillors voted in favour of a 1.99 per cent council tax rise.
They have agreed the retention of school crossing patrol staff and to delay Cowes floating bridge pedestrian charges for a year, to allow for consultation.

We will be reporting live from the meeting on Twitter. For updates follow @iwcponline or #IWBudget

See details of some of the proposals put forward by the political groups below:

Independents

£ Invest £150,000 in apprenticeship and business start-up schemes and introduce a £295 residents’ parking permit.

£ The cost of the council’s One Card for leisure centres has been frozen while harbour, allotment and other leisure centre fees are set to rise.

£ Free parking at The Heights and Medina leisure centre has been scrapped while parking fees will rise by ten per cent in long-stay car parks and by 20 per cent in short stay car parks.

£ The long-standing policy of free parking in towns on alternate weekday afternoons has been axed, as has 30 minutes free parking at Moa Place, Freshwater.

£ Free parking in Carisbrooke High Street and Pier Road in Seaview will be reviewed, while charges will be re-introduced at Appley and Puckpool.

£ Chargeable hours will be extended beyond the current 8am to 6pm window.

£ Burial charges will rise from £774.90 to £814 and cremation fees from £556.50 to £584.

£ Free swimming for children in the holidays has been axed.

Labour

£ Increase council tax by 1.99 per cent to add £521,000 to council coffers.

£ Use the extra money to save school crossing patrols, delay pedestrian charges on the Cowes chain ferry, retain beach safety equipment and abandon charges for children to swim in school holidays.

Conservative

£ Free daytime parking funded by a £1 overnight parking tariff for car parks and paid for on-street parking areas.

£ Retain school crossing patrols.

£ Increase daytime parking fees by rounding up to the nearest pound.

£ Allocate £100,000 for a major road safety scheme.

£ Abolish deputy cabinet member posts.

£ Stop payment by the IW Council of the cost of the full time union rep.

£ Increase planning fees by five per cent and introduce a new pre-planning meeting fee for major commercial developers.

£ Review leisure charges.

Lib Dem

£ Review funding support for the Lord Lieutenant's office in an overall review of council support services.

UKIP

£ Retain school crossing patrols.

£ Retain beach cleaning and beach safety equipment.

£ Retain indirect control of leisure centres but devolve management to each site.

£ Reduce proposed Cowes chain ferry pedestrian charge from 50p to 20p per single journey.

£ Extend the new parking permit to allow up to 30 minutes parking in any IW Council road parking bay, two hours in short stay car parks and eight hours in long stay car parks, and increase its cost.

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