Councillors to meet to set new precept amid anger over huge rise

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  • The meeting is at 7pm at All Saints Church at Easton – the same venue for a public meeting about the precept last month which saw angry scenes and calls for councillors to resign over the controversial decision
  • Tonight’s meeting was due to take place last Wednesday but had to be postponed due to the island being battered by severe weather
  • It is expected that all previous decisions about the budget and precept will be rescinded this evening and councillors will set a new precept
  • Proposals on the table are for an increase of 2 per cent or an increase of 42 per cent
  • A petition containing more than 3,000 names urging councillors to set a ‘fair’ precept will also be handed over at the meeting
  • Join the debate by send your comments via Twitter by using the hashtag #portlandtax

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The meeting has now finished. Keep an eye on the Echo website for full story and reaction.

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The proposal came from Ray Nowak, pictured below with Les AmesDorset Echo:

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Mayor Les Ames at the meeting

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Our picture shows how many people are at the meeting in the church

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*Denton-White: Town councillor Richard Denton-White

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A speaker in the audience has told councillors: "We don't need you. We need a town council. We don't need the people we currently have."

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Mayor Les Ames said he wasn't going to make any excuses. But he said he had never ever asked the people of Portland to pay twice for anything. 

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Borough councillor Margaret Leicester was among those who spoke in the public half hour. She asked for a vote of no confidence in the council from the public. A forest of hands shot up from the crowd.

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Read our story from last week here about the proposals that will be coming forward tonight.

The town council has been under immense pressure to rethink the decision to increase the precept by 1,000 per cent as residents revolt against the small authority.

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People voicing support for Councillor Ray Nowak's proposal for 2 per cent increase

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Speaker during public half hour has asked for there to be a recorded vote on precept decision taken tonight. This has been agreed.

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Because tonight's meeting is a town council meeting there is an agenda that councillors will follow.

It starts with prayers, followed by apologies for absence and then declarations of interest. There is then an open forum when the police get to speak before it is handed over to residents if they want to speak in the 'public half hour.' It is expected that several people will want to have their say.

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Our reporters say about 300 people have attended.

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Hundreds of people have packed into the meeting at All Saints Church this evening.

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The meeting was due to be held last week but had to be called off at the last minute because of the weather. See our story about it here

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Reporters Catherine Bolado and Tara Cox are at the meeting to report on proceedings

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8:53pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Rocksalt says...

Right, now can I propose a vote of no confidence in Portland's WPBC councillors who seem so ineffectual in standing up for our interests.
Right, now can I propose a vote of no confidence in Portland's WPBC councillors who seem so ineffectual in standing up for our interests. Rocksalt
  • Score: 7

10:02pm Tue 11 Feb 14

captainsea says...

What a farce, never seen so many useless Councillors in all my life.You couldn't write a script to match the debacle on show tonight. How can proposer and seconder of raising the precept to 42.6% vote in favour of the rise then rescind it at the next proposal. Time the local government ombudsman investigated this inept bunch of so called local Councillors

Glad to see the immense public support for the vote of no confidence in the council and cannot believe that the Mayor will take it to the next meeting to get the councillors to vote on it!!!
What a farce, never seen so many useless Councillors in all my life.You couldn't write a script to match the debacle on show tonight. How can proposer and seconder of raising the precept to 42.6% vote in favour of the rise then rescind it at the next proposal. Time the local government ombudsman investigated this inept bunch of so called local Councillors Glad to see the immense public support for the vote of no confidence in the council and cannot believe that the Mayor will take it to the next meeting to get the councillors to vote on it!!! captainsea
  • Score: 6

10:07pm Tue 11 Feb 14

Senga2013 says...

I strongly agree, NO CONFIDENCE in Portland's WPBC councilors!!!
They are meant to serve us not for their own personal interest!
I strongly agree, NO CONFIDENCE in Portland's WPBC councilors!!! They are meant to serve us not for their own personal interest! Senga2013
  • Score: 7

10:56pm Tue 11 Feb 14

s.bernett says...

Sorry but I saw that last comments on his thread censored by the echo about the Munro's, it is clear they are censoring comments that criticise or question the councillors who run away, but spend money with this paper.

How many other misdeeds and corruptions has this paper covered up for those in local authority or business who give them money?
Sorry but I saw that last comments on his thread censored by the echo about the Munro's, it is clear they are censoring comments that criticise or question the councillors who run away, but spend money with this paper. How many other misdeeds and corruptions has this paper covered up for those in local authority or business who give them money? s.bernett
  • Score: 10

11:03pm Tue 11 Feb 14

popsiebabes says...

s.bernett wrote:
Sorry but I saw that last comments on his thread censored by the echo about the Munro's, it is clear they are censoring comments that criticise or question the councillors who run away, but spend money with this paper.

How many other misdeeds and corruptions has this paper covered up for those in local authority or business who give them money?
So in short , the Echo are shameless cowards
[quote][p][bold]s.bernett[/bold] wrote: Sorry but I saw that last comments on his thread censored by the echo about the Munro's, it is clear they are censoring comments that criticise or question the councillors who run away, but spend money with this paper. How many other misdeeds and corruptions has this paper covered up for those in local authority or business who give them money?[/p][/quote]So in short , the Echo are shameless cowards popsiebabes
  • Score: 6

11:17pm Tue 11 Feb 14

woodsedge says...

I think someone is making the best use of their sudonyms!
I think someone is making the best use of their sudonyms! woodsedge
  • Score: -8

1:57pm Wed 12 Feb 14

radiator says...

woodsedge wrote:
I think someone is making the best use of their sudonyms!
Woodsedge you spell it PSEUDONYM .
[quote][p][bold]woodsedge[/bold] wrote: I think someone is making the best use of their sudonyms![/p][/quote]Woodsedge you spell it PSEUDONYM . radiator
  • Score: 0

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