BREAKING NEWS: Town Council votes to freeze precept in 2015

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Town councillors in Horncastle have voted to back proposals to ‘freeze’ their share of Council Tax bills in the coming 12 months.

The vote took place at the monthly council meeting last night (Tuesday).

Councillors agreed not to increase their annual precept - the amount they need to raise to cover their budget.

Despite the vote, Council Tax bills are still likely to increase because of proposed rises imposed by East Lindsey District Council, the County Council and Lincolnshire Police.

The Town Council says it has managed to avoid an increase thanks to a programme of savings and an increase in the number of Band D properties within Horncastle.

Councillors also discussed another range of issues including updates on several major housing developments in the town.

Representatives of Larkfleet Homes - who are building 80 dwellings at a site off Louth Road - attended the meeting.

They revealed plans for a community fund which could raise between £30-40,000 for local causes.

Councillors also revealed they have taken legal advice on plans to drain a site for more than 120 homes off Mareham Road.

In other matters, councillors welcomed plans to tackle problems with dog fouling in the town and urged police to crackdown on people failing to observe the one-way system in Wharf Road.

*Full reports of the meeting will be featured in next week’s Horncastle News.