Council Tax frozen in Fylde

Lowther Pavilion, Lytham
Lowther Pavilion, Lytham
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Council Tax has been frozen for the fourth year running in Fylde.

Borough councillors voted in favour of a budget which sees the freeze, backing council bosses’ pledge not take any more money than is needed from residents.

At a full meeting of Fylde Council, held at Lowther Pavilion, Lytham, last night a five-year budget was approved which will also see continued support for local services and investment in council assets.

Coun David Eaves, leader of the council, said: “We want to do all we can to lessen the burden on households. Our mantra is not to take money from people unless we have to – it’s their money.”

Parish councils in the borough are also able to freeze their council tax precepts after Fylde Council passed on non-ringfenced Government funding to them to keep in the coffers.

Other proposals put forward in the budget, which was voted for in favour by 37 of the 41 councillors, with four abstaining, include continued support for Kirkham baths, a residents’ parking scheme and investment in IT equipment at Fylde Council.

Contributions to the redevelopment of Hope Street, St Annes, improvements to Lytham Park cemetery and investment in coastal flood protections were also outlined in the budget.

Coun Eaves added: “This is delivered by a focussed Conservative legislation looking for the best for Fylde.”