Village facing hike to parish council tax bill

Witney Gazette: Cllr Luke Caunt in the car park at Leafield Village Hall Picture: OX68601 Damian Halliwell Buy this photo Cllr Luke Caunt in the car park at Leafield Village Hall Picture: OX68601 Damian Halliwell

VILLAGERS could be hit by a 21 per cent hike in their council tax precept if a parish council does not find up to £70,000 for urgent repair work of a car park.

Leafield Parish Council says the village hall car park is in an extremely bad condition after being damaged by poor weather and drainage problems.

It has warned unless it gets government funding or enough in donations it could have to add 21 per cent to the precept and continue to charge the additional amount for the next 15 years.

The current parish council tax rate for a Band D property in Leafield is £69.72 but this would increase to £84.36 under the proposed change.

Leafield Parish Council member Luke Caunt, who is overseeing the project, said: “We’re hoping we can raise the money elsewhere through grants and donations but if not we will have to look at raising the precept.

“We obviously don’t want to impact too much on people’s ability to pay. We wouldn’t pass on an unreasonable cost and if the impact is too high the project won’t go ahead.

“But it’s very important to the village because it is used by lots of people and without the car park the village hall would suffer.

“We really need a white knight to come in and rescue us.”

The council, which has had the area professionally surveyed, has issued a public appeal asking for donations. These would pay for a new hard-wearing surface and improve drainage outside the village hall, which is used by community groups and has a popular children’s play area. It said it will give £2,000 towards the project and is expecting to receive about £5,000 in donations and pledges.

Mr Caunt said: “We need to explore the fundraising possibilities before we explore the impact of council tax.

“The alternative is temporary repairs to keep it going but this would need to be done each year, whereas our project is something which will last for 20 years.”

Villager Anney Harris, who has used the hall for social events, pilates classes and a gardening club, said she would be willing to pay more council tax to get the problem solved.

She said: “I don’t see much of an alternative because it has to be resurfaced, otherwise someone’s car is going to be damaged in the potholes.”

  • To make a donation, contact parish clerk Helen Fallows on 07926 499772 or email leafieldparishcouncil@outlook.com.

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12:15pm Tue 15 Jul 14

King Joke says...

Options then:

1. Put up a 'bumpy road' sign
2. Fence off the bumpy bit
3. Charge for parking until £70k is raised
4. Put up council tax

It's your call!
Options then: 1. Put up a 'bumpy road' sign 2. Fence off the bumpy bit 3. Charge for parking until £70k is raised 4. Put up council tax It's your call! King Joke
  • Score: 2

12:56pm Tue 15 Jul 14

yabbadabbadoo256 says...

King Joke wrote:
Options then:

1. Put up a 'bumpy road' sign
2. Fence off the bumpy bit
3. Charge for parking until £70k is raised
4. Put up council tax

It's your call!
They could gravel it.. it looks like its half way there already..
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Options then: 1. Put up a 'bumpy road' sign 2. Fence off the bumpy bit 3. Charge for parking until £70k is raised 4. Put up council tax It's your call![/p][/quote]They could gravel it.. it looks like its half way there already.. yabbadabbadoo256
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4:20pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Interestedinoxford says...

Wow, a whole extra £15 a year...residents might have to take out a payday loan....
Wow, a whole extra £15 a year...residents might have to take out a payday loan.... Interestedinoxford
  • Score: 1

9:19pm Tue 15 Jul 14

Amazinganman says...

Under his spirit level is about 25mm or in old money an inch..not exactly pot hole city! Spread a few ton of type 2 or self compacting for a 100 quid and let the cars flatten it, job done..oh and stop winging..
Under his spirit level is about 25mm or in old money an inch..not exactly pot hole city! Spread a few ton of type 2 or self compacting for a 100 quid and let the cars flatten it, job done..oh and stop winging.. Amazinganman
  • Score: -1
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