Uplyme council posts prudent budget

Village authority votes not to increase its precept for next year

UPLYME Parish Council will be charging villagers little more than the price of a stamp for its services again next year.

The authority has agreed to peg its precept at �19.07 per Band D property - or 37p a week.

The decision not to impose any increase comes despite members budgeting for extra items, including expenses for the snow warden winter self-help scheme, a computer and printer to replace the ageing kit currently in use, a generous contribution towards a new toddler slide for the playground, and a substantial sum towards the preparation of a neighbourhood plan.

Clerk Lois Wakeman told last week’s meeting that any surplus from this year - due largely to the fact there was no election in May - will be used to defray the shortfall in anticipated income.