Meeting on Portland to discuss new council tax precept

Meeting on Portland to discuss new council tax precept

Meeting on Portland to discuss new council tax precept

First published in News

COUNCILLORS will restart discussions tomorrow evening amid anger over Portland’s massive council tax precept hike.

They are expected to start budget talks again and set a new precept.

A decision in January to increase the precept by 1,000 per cent for a Band D property with no consultation has led to an island backlash. There were angry scenes at a public meeting on January 27 as calls were made for councillors to resign.

A Portland Town Council meeting to discuss budget matters was due to be held last week but was postponed due to the island being hit by severe weather and the fact that town clerk Ian Looker couldn’t make it onto the island.

The meeting has been rescheduled for tomorrow - Tuesday evening - and a proposal will be put forward for the council to rescind all decisions made about the budget and start again.

Mayor of Portland Les Ames said: “The meeting will include the usual public half hour in which members of the public may put forward questions and comments. A written petition will also be presented.

“The remainder of the meeting will follow the published agenda with council members debating relevant issues.

“Additional public address equipment will be provided to allow the public to follow the debate.”

The meeting will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, February 11 at All Saints Church, Easton, Portland.

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8:14pm Mon 10 Feb 14

cosmick says...

Light blue touch paper and stand back.
Lets get UKIP up and running on PORTLAND AND WEYMOUTH.
Light blue touch paper and stand back. Lets get UKIP up and running on PORTLAND AND WEYMOUTH. cosmick
  • Score: 2

7:48am Tue 11 Feb 14

Portland G says...

cosmick wrote:
Light blue touch paper and stand back. Lets get UKIP up and running on PORTLAND AND WEYMOUTH.
And don't approach to re-light. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if they find another lame excuse to call the meeting off again. It is quite windy of the rock this morning
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Light blue touch paper and stand back. Lets get UKIP up and running on PORTLAND AND WEYMOUTH.[/p][/quote]And don't approach to re-light. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if they find another lame excuse to call the meeting off again. It is quite windy of the rock this morning Portland G
  • Score: 0

10:49am Tue 11 Feb 14

Pauldavid says...

If anyone from the Dorset Echo is reading can I again correct an Echo report. The fact is that the causeway was open on the evening of last weeks scheduled meeting - nothing was stopping Ian Looker from getting onto the island other than lack of courage &, perhaps, political expediency. To state that last wednesdays meeting was postponed due to the weather & the clerks inability to get onto the island is doing nothing but perpetuating a myth. A correction in the Dorset Echo's next edition would be nice.
If anyone from the Dorset Echo is reading can I again correct an Echo report. The fact is that the causeway was open on the evening of last weeks scheduled meeting - nothing was stopping Ian Looker from getting onto the island other than lack of courage &, perhaps, political expediency. To state that last wednesdays meeting was postponed due to the weather & the clerks inability to get onto the island is doing nothing but perpetuating a myth. A correction in the Dorset Echo's next edition would be nice. Pauldavid
  • Score: 4

11:57am Tue 11 Feb 14

Wilbraham says...

cosmick wrote:
Light blue touch paper and stand back.
Lets get UKIP up and running on PORTLAND AND WEYMOUTH.
Let's keep Party politics out of the PTC. If we have to have PTC then they should be representing Portland People not a party line.
[quote][p][bold]cosmick[/bold] wrote: Light blue touch paper and stand back. Lets get UKIP up and running on PORTLAND AND WEYMOUTH.[/p][/quote]Let's keep Party politics out of the PTC. If we have to have PTC then they should be representing Portland People not a party line. Wilbraham
  • Score: 2

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