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Essex County Council – Non Payment for Grass Cutting

April 8, 2014 by  

ecc“As you are no doubt aware, this Authority manages the contract for the cutting of highway verges on behalf of Essex County Council, but for 2012/13 we received a subsidy equivalent to only 18% of the cost. Our total expenditure for this year was £187,000 set against a contribution of only £33,300.”

This is all at a time when the BBC reported this week that “The biggest increase in Council Taxes will occur in the South East outside London, where average council tax is set to go up by 0.8%,” but the increase at Rochford District Council was nearly 5%. This is made up of 1.89% Council Tax plus Car Parking Charges of the equivalent of 3% Council tax making 4.89% overall.

With an extra £154,000 a year Rochford District Council would not have had to increase Council Tax by a Government Freeze Busting 1.89% or increase Car Parking Charges by 25% including charging for Saturday Afternoons.

This letter from one Tory Councillor to another was only sent after I protested against this situation by making two speeches in Full Council.

But will anything happen? Have the Tories at RDC enough backbone to get this payment from ECC?

Letter Sent on 21 March from RDC to ECC attached

ECC Grass Verge Cutting Non Payment

Extract

“As you are no doubt aware, this Authority manages the contract for the cutting of highway verges on behalf of Essex County Council, but for 2012/13 we received a subsidy equivalent to only 18% of the cost. Our total expenditure for this year was £187,000 set against a contribution of only £33,300.

In these times of austerity, I am facing increasing pressure from my local Members and an increasing number of residents as to why this Council is subsidising what is clearly a County Council function. Whilst we have been able to reduce our costs to some degree for the next financial year, there is still a significant gap between what our residents see as a basic service and what the County are currently funding.”

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