Council defends near 25 per cent rise in tax bills

Under fire: Parish Council chairman Charles Shaw who is defended the rise in tax bills
Under fire: Parish Council chairman Charles Shaw who is defended the rise in tax bills

The chairman of Bardney Parish Council has defended an inflation busting rise in council tax bills and insisted: “We give value for money.”

Residents in Bardney face a 244 per cent rise in the parish part of tax bills.

Several people contacted the News to condemn the rise, describing it as a “scandal.”

Most town and parishes in East and West Lindsey have agreed a single figure increase with many freezing their share of bills.

County and district councils are restricted to a maximum three per cent rise by Government regulations.

Charles Shaw, leader of Bardney Parish Council, admitted he could understand why people were upset.

However, he said one of the reasons was problems the council had inherited from previous regimes.

He also insisted the rise was needed to fund “exciting” plans the parish council had to improve Bardney and surrounding communities.

Coun Shaw explained: “People have got to be sensible and realistic. It (the rise) equates to payments of about £14 or £15 a household.

“That’s got to be value for money. In many ways, the precept for a place the size of Bardney has been too small.

“We have inherited a lot of problems but we are taking steps to put things right. Unfortunately, those steps need money.”

News of the increase comes as a former councillor, Mike Rogers, revealed he had written to MP Sir Edward Leigh and Government minister Eric Pickles to complain about the council.

Coun Shaw admitted the council had staffing problems with the clerk ‘off sick’.