Council tax rise of 21p a week could fund improvements to Midhurst

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The average council tax rise for Midhurst Town Council’s shire of the bill could rise by 21p a week next year as funding is sought for a series of refurbishment projects

Members of the town council took a first look at their draft budget at their finance, asset and policy committee last night (Monday, October 10).

It included £20,471 for projects including replacing skins on the metalwork at the Carron Lane skatepark, providing picnic tables and refurbishing the toddler playhouse as well as reinforcement work to the ground around the gym equipment in the recreation ground and a survey of the areas recreational facilities.

Other projects being considered are clearance work at the cemetery, providing a kick wall at the recreation ground and bulb planting at the norther gateway to the town.

In addition town councillors plan to continue helping to fund Rother Valley Together, the volunteer led day facilities for the elderly based in Midhurst to the tune of £3,000 and also provide £3,000 funding for the youth club.

Town councillors said the 21p per week council tax rise represented a 14.89 per cent increase.

Chairman Carole Lintott said: “This increase would essentially let us make Carron Lane, the cemetery and a few other areas look better. If as a committee we think we are happy to justify that increase, then I am happy to put this forward to full council as the first draft of our budget.

Nigel Cheshire said: “You could say that for £11 a year this is a really great deal.”

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