No increase in Wilmslow precept


Wilmslow Town Council has agreed to not increase the precept for the next financial year.

At their meeting on Monday, 18th December, the Council agreed to set a balanced budget for 2018/19 with expenditure and income both equating to £327,809.

To achieve this the Council set a precept figure of £315,509.

Therefore the precept, the part of the council tax for Wilmslow residents which is charged by the Town Council, for 2018/19 will remain unchanged.

For a Band D property the charge will remain at £27.45 for the year, equating to 53p per week.

Wilmslow Town Council's increased the precept for the current financial year by 28%, due to the declining cash reserves held by the Town Council and the need to set a precept that was based on a long term expenditure plan.

This was the first time Wilmslow Town Council has increased the precept since they were formed five years ago and meant the annual charge for a Band D Property increased for 2017/18 by £6, from £21.45 to £27.45.

Council Tax, Wilmslow Town Council


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

Barry Buxton
Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 4:33 pm
Better that there was no precept at all! What do we get apart from some shrubs in tubs and random donations to whichever begging bowls come forward?
Pete Taylor
Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 6:11 pm
Barry- don't forget the Town Crier; WTC's answer to the Internet.
Oliver Romain
Wednesday 20th December 2017 at 9:24 pm
Well said.
Christine McClory
Thursday 21st December 2017 at 1:00 am
Wilmslow Town Council is the nearest we can get to supporting us against CEC. Cheer them on. It's hard work and they're doing it for us. They're accessible. Go talk to them if you have gripes.
David Jefferay
Thursday 21st December 2017 at 7:46 am
In answer to your question Barry, what do you the top of my head, you get:

- The Christmas lights and trees around Wilmslow and the switch-on event
- Numerous other annual events including the Wilmslow Show, Cinema in the Carrs and the events run by the business group funded by Wtc
- The handyman who spends a day a week sorting out issues around the town
- Town representation on Cec planning applications (granted Cec may not always listen but we do have some successes)
- A diverse range of clubs, societies and good causes which are given a leg up by town council grants and simply would not exist without Wtc grants
- The Clean Team and Wilmslow in Bloom initiative which are at least part funded by Wtc
- 15 Councillors who work voluntarily to answer Residents' questions and solve their problems
- The Wilmslow Citizens advice bureau which is fully funded by Wtc and helps hundreds of people in need each year
- Major projects like the toilet block at the Carrs
- The planters around town which although you don't care for them, from my experience during canvassing, are highly valued by residents

The above and the other stuff (I don't time today to put together a comprehensive list) that Wtc does for the town may not seem to you to be good value for your £25 (or whatever you pay) and is just "some shrubs in tubs and random donations to whichever begging bowls come forward" but, to me, the Council adds a great deal of value to the town and makes it a far better place to live.
Pete Taylor
Thursday 21st December 2017 at 5:58 pm
Barry, I spoke too soon; reported elsewhere WTC have agreed to spend £5k on a new website!
A town crier and a website- that’s all bases covered!