2014/15 budget: Council tax frozen and car parking changes

Council tax for Erewash residents will be frozen again and changes to parking charges are also expected to be approved when councillors meet today (Thursday).

The 2014/15 budget will be set at a meeting of the Council Executive this morning.

As exclusively revealed earlier this month in the ‘Tiser, changes to parking charges will see more 30 minute free bays introduced as well as making pay and display tickets transferable between Ilkeston and Long Eaton.

A schemem which sees free parking on offer in town centres after 6pm will also continue for another year.

Cllr Chris Corbett said: “If you get the choice it’s better to have something like council tax, something people can’t avoid paying, stay the same.

“There’s an argument it will mean we put the cost of things up or have to pull services but we haven’t done that.”

Central Government cuts mean that the authority has approximately £590,000 less to spend than last year.

Opposition leader, Cllr Alex Phillips commented on the budget: “On the one hand, taxes aren’t going up but there are going to be many more questions further down the line.

“What is it going to be like ten years down the line?

“We’ll only be taking out the bins because we can barely afford our leisure centres. “With cuts of 30 per cent since 2010, it’s going to put more pressure on what our authority they can do.”

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