Decision on car park charges in Dereham, Thetford, Swaffham, Watton and Attleborough announced

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Friday, February 1, 2013
1:00 PM

Shoppers will not be charged to use car parks in five mid-Norfolk towns after Breckland Council decided against introducing fees to help fill a £2.5m budget gap.

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A feasibility study, released today, had shown the council could have generated £828,000 a year if it charged drivers from the moment they enter the car parks.

However, council leader William Nunn said strong opposition from residents, and fears about the economic impact on the market towns, had persuaded his Conservative group not to introduce fees in Dereham, Thetford, Swaffham, Watton and Attleborough.

He said: “Talking to businesses as I did and listening to people when the heat was taken out of the debate, it was very apparent they had a very real preference for no charging for car parking.”

Instead, he is proposing a 7.8pc increase in the element of council tax set by Breckland Council, which would see bills for band D properties in the district rise by £4.98 a year, to £69.03.

The tax increase is likely to be the highest percentage increase in the country, but Breckland is expected to continue to have the lowest council tax of any district council.

The budget proposals will be considered by cabinet on February 12, before going to the full council for approval on February 28.

See tomorrow’s EDP for the full story.

11 comments

  • It's a complete outrage, one way or another. Fleece all council tax payers to pandy to a handful of town centre businesses and those swines who clog up saces all day long by using them as their work parking. The increase could have been mitiagted if Breckland councillors had trimmed their over-generous allowances to the modest levels announced by Norwich City Council that caused such furore t'other day. I recall an endless stream of commenters queuing up to bash those awful greedy lefties. This must have exceeded the EDP-voter-manipulation-high-command's wildest expectations. Lucky you didn't put the new City Hall levels into some context by using Breckland as a comparison.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Policy: Making sure Council Tax payers get good value for money. Updated:28 January 2013. Minister:The Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP. The chat: We want Council Tax payers to be able to veto excessive rises, to help them reduce their living expenses. We also want to make sure that they get good value for money from their councils. Over the last 2 years the government has provided grants of around £2 billion to help freeze Council Tax. On 8 October 2012 the Chancellor of the Exchequer announced extra money for local councils in England to help them freeze Council Tax for a third year. Council Tax referendums: We have changed the law to give local residents the power to veto excessive Council Tax rises. Pickles said the cap, which requires a local poll to be held where councils increase their own tax charges by 2% or more, was designed to increase local accountability. So well done Martin for reporting the usual Breckland spin word-for-word. Didn't you know there's a capping system or did you not dare ask? I have no faith in this 'local accountability' PR sham and fully expect Pickles to give Breckland some form of special dispensation.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Sense at last They have for once listened to the electorate On the subject of the Council Tax rise, this should not be allowed and they should look at existing areas for cost efifciencies. Breckland House Council Tax department is one place that needs shaking up. They tried to charge me £68 for a non payment summons when my account was paid up to date. I refused and they lost £68. How many other people have they done this to?

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    Jacob Burns

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Great news for local businesses, and Breckland actually listening to their Residents. So they can't all be bad. But I know of one Weassel.

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    Sandra Osborn

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • Where is the comment I posted yesterday? Some simple facts taken from the government website about the process for capping excessive council tax increases is not offensive, controversial or libelous. Do you like keeping people in the dark?

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Common sense prevails. But how much did Breckland council spend to reach this obvious conclusion?

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    NorfOik

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • 0 comments? 3-2-commentdotblogdotcodotuk

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Where your money goes at Breckland: councillors each get a basic allowance of a tiny £5,200 on top of which add the following humungous "special responsibility" allowances: leader £20,800; deputy £13,650; cabinet members x 6 at £11,050; a multitude of committee chairmen between £2,600 and £10,814 depending on severity of risk to voter disquiet; executive support members x 6 at £1,850; along with numerous vice chairmen and other extra handouts. In fact over half of the council members are on extras, which is how it should be when you have a single party so dominant. They have to be carefully managed-cum-bought-off or they could become fractious like NCC.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • So, that's Dereham going up 70% and blaming Breckland, Breckland going up 7.8% and blaming the car parks and the police going up 2% and blaming Jimmy Saville. Can't wait for NCC's announcement!

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    Catty

    Friday, February 1, 2013

  • What planet are Breckland Council on? A proposed 7.8% rise in Council tax! We are on the cusp of a triple dip recession and they propose to impose the largest council tax in the country. I am fed up giving my hard earned money to useless, incompetent administrations. I am a Breckland Council tax payer and kindly suggest that if William Nunn and his colleagues want to play at running businesses they should resign and join us in the real world. They lost millions of our money in Icelandic banks and refuse to comment on the rent arrears owed to the Council by Barnham Broom Golf Club. Not a penny more should be charged to Breckland Council tax payers until the golf club rent is fully paid and the Council have done everything possible to cut costs. No marks to the EDP today for a leader suggesting this policy is a good thing. The proposed rise in Council tax could be offset by cancelling my EDP subscription. Come on EDP speak up for your readers, not the Council.

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    MediaDoc

    Saturday, February 2, 2013

  • Don't waste your time commenting here - any criticism of Breckland Council all censored.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Friday, February 1, 2013

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