Published: 27 January 2017
At Wednesday’s budget meeting after
careful consideration, Loughton Town Council unanimously agreed to set its
precept for 2017/18 at £634,800.
Loughton is the largest town
council in the district and one of the biggest in Essex.
It remains a low tax town whilst still providing an extensive range of services
both to the local community and to many visitors from beyond its boundaries.
Costing the average household in
the town just £51.63 a year, the increase of less than 5p a week will provide
essential funds for what members described as a war chest. They will enable the council to seek legal counsel
in an attempt to counter the proposals in the draft Local Plan to build on Loughton’s
much valued green spaces.
This modest increase follows a
7-year period in which the Band D figure was held at £49.18.
The council is confident that this
approach will be fully supported by local residents following the unprecedented
strength of feeling expressed at public meetings in autumn 2016.