Uplyme's army of volunteers praised
PUBLISHED: 12:16 29 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:16 29 January 2016
Parish council is able to reduce its spending thanks to village helpers
Residents in Uplyme will be asked to pay less for their village services in the coming financial year.
The parish council has agreed to set its precept – the amount it adds to the council tax bill – at £20,409.
The figure means that the annual contribution from an average Band D property will be £23.79 – about 20p less than last year.
The figure was agreed at a recent parish council meeting, when members approved a draft budget drawn up by its finance committee.
Announcing the good news for residents, parish clerk Lois Wakeman said: “The council has worked hard to balance the demand on the taxpayers with the ever-increasing call on it to take on work from higher-tier authorities.
“Without the hundreds of hours of unpaid work put in by willing volunteers and councillors, the tax bill would be many times higher.
“For example, ditches, sumps and weirs are cleared, the playground and footpaths checked, winter gritting is done on minor roads and the emergency team is on hand if there are more floods.
“The council would therefore like to thank all those who give their time on behalf of the parish and encourage others to come forward and offer their help if they are able.”
Meanwhile, the council has been asked to take over the maintenance of the churchyard – now officially closed - from March next year. Ahead of this an inspection of the walls will be made to see what liability will need to be taken on.