Tendring's council tax precept frozen for 2014/5

RESIDENTS in Tendring will see the amount of tax they pay the district council frozen next year.

But new council leader Mick Page claims residents will still see a significant investment in the district.

The council was forced to find another £1.8million in savings for 2014/5 following further Government cuts.

Mr Page said: “The district council’s share of the council tax bill will stay the same - Tendring has the second lowest council tax in the whole of Essex.

“This has been possible without calling on uncommitted reserves and without using one-off money such as the New Homes Bonus to help balance the books.”

It is the fourth year running that council tax has not increased.

Labour opposition leader Ivan Henderson called for another £100,000 to be spent cleaning up grot spots, £175,000 to tackle fly-tipping and dog fouling, and £288,000 to continue funding the Jaywick Community Wardens for another four years after 2015, but the amendments were lost.

Mr Henderson said: “The Conservatives refused to listen to calls to clean up our streets, to tackle dog fouling and fly-tipping.

“We have a lot of untidy and derelict sits that need to be tackled now.”

The average band D home will pay £155.90 to the district council in council tax next year.

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