Seaton Town Council sets budget at £379k for coming year

Seaton beach. Picture: Chris Carson

Seaton beach. Picture: Chris Carson - Credit: Archant

Seaton residents are facing a small increase in their council tax bills to fund local services.

The town council has agreed a budget of £379,961 for the coming financial year - enough to maintain services at their current levels and, in some areas, extend them.

This includes making a contribution to East Devon District Council Streetscene service to provide an all-year-round street cleaning service as opposed to just a seasonal one.

The budget also includes funds to start Phase 1 of the Seaton Seafront Enhancement Scheme.

The town council's precept - its share of the total council tax bill - will amount to £104.61 per year for the average Band D property.

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This equates to a three per cent increase over the current rate.

A spokesman for the council said: "The increase is solely due to a decision to place £10,000 in an earmarked reserve as a contribution to the funds required for the work on the Seaton Beach Management Plan, which is required in view of the erosion problems that are self evident.

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"The estimate for the work required is £882,000 and of this it is provisionally estimated that £270,000 would be provided via a flood defense grant from Central Government, £150,000 from East Devon District Council and £30,000 from a South West Region grant.

"This leaves a £430,000 shortfall to which our earmarked reserve would contribute."

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