Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 7°C

min temp: 0°C

Search

Essex: Council tax precept frozen for third successive year

PUBLISHED: 19:14 12 February 2013 | UPDATED: 20:33 12 February 2013

Councillor Peter Martin, leader of Essex County Council.

Councillor Peter Martin, leader of Essex County Council.

Archant

ESSEX County Council has voted to freeze its council tax precept for the third year in a row.

Members of Essex County Council voted overwhelmingly to freeze its share of council tax as part of a package of budget and capital expenditure measures announced at a full council meeting at County Hall in Chelmsford.

Other measures unveiled by the Conservative-dominated council include proposed spending of £180million on the county’s roads and footpaths over the next four years and £7.7million plans to improve broadband capacity in Essex. Additional highlights include proposals to set up a Local Authority Mortgage Scheme to help first-time buyers get on the housing ladder and £2million set aside to support economic growth in the county.

But opposition councillors criticised the budget for not doing enough to help young people and jobseekers and voiced concerns that with no rise in council tax there will not be enough money to “fund vital services”.

Suffolk police received 680 calls in five hours during the high winds this morning - 600% more than in a usual day.

A Suffolk woman has told of the part she played in forcing The Sun to scrap Page 3 topless women.

Shane and Zoe Coldron were Chantry School childhood sweethearts. But unexpectedly Zoe, 44, collapsed and died last week. Her husband Shane has spoken about how the family is coping, plus the overwhelming support he has received.

Broadcasting group Celador faces a rival bidder for the renewal of the Ipswich commercial radio licence which it acquired last year.

Two vehicles have collided on the B1078 this afternoon between Clopton and Charsfield.

The Orwell Bridge has reopened this morning after 80mph winds battered Suffolk and brought its closure.

Body positivity is a term that is bandied about a lot at the moment and that can make it sound flippant, unimportant and self indulgent, writes Kate Dickinson.

Most read

Eating Out in the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Eating Out
supplement

View

Visit the Broads

cover

Click here to view
the Visit the Broads
supplement

View

London Boat Show 2018

cover

Click here to view
London Boat
Show supplement

View

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24