No council tax increase proposed for Woodley Town Council

Woodley residents will see no increase in council tax from Woodley Town Council if members accept the Lib Dem recommendation to hold the household precept at the same level as last year at their Full Council meeting next week (8th Feb).  Residents will have to wait until Wokingham Borough Council, Police and Fire Service decided on their financial plans before they know what the overall council tax for Woodley will be for next year.

Beth Rowland, Lib Dem leader of Woodley Town Council, said “The town council continues to be well managed and savings made during the year have allowed us to set a 0% increase in the household precept for next year and to maintain reserves at a prudent level”

Beth continued “This is a strong performance and I am particularly pleased by the performance of the Oakwood Centre which is developing in line with the business plan and will make its first operating profit in the financial year just ending.  The Oakwood Centre has fast become the community hub that the Lib Dems envisaged with theatre groups, community groups, voluntary groups, café, neighbourhood police, and the town council itself all under one roof”

Phil Challis, Lib Dem deputy leader of Woodley Town Council said “The Town Council facilities provide real value for money for residents in such difficult financial times.  Lib Dems believe in holding charges at affordable levels so that Woodley residents of all ages can continue to benefit from a wide range of opportunities to be active within our own community.  So many councils have ripped the heart out of their communities by either closing and selling off facilities or setting charges so high that they are not affordable and they have then been left wondering why anti-social behaviour takes hold.  All residents benefit from Woodley’s great sense of community whether they use the facilities directly themselves or not”

Published by Woodley & Whitegates Liberal Democrats, 26 Farriers Close Woodley, Reading RG5 3DD.

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