Council precept ‘above inflation’ to fund permanent library service

PUBLISHED: 11:07 05 February 2019

Long Ashton Library was closed in December of last year.	Picture: Zak Ghent

Long Ashton Library was closed in December of last year. Picture: Zak Ghent

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Long Ashton Parish Council has set its council tax higher than the rate of inflation as it looks to fund a library service in the village.

It has been raised to £64.66 a year based on a band D property.

North Somerset Council closed the village library in December last year after consulting on plans to do the same in Nailsea and Clevedon.

Chairman of the parish council, Andrew Wilkinson, felt the move was a necessary one.

He said: “We have not taken this decision lightly as no-one likes tax increases, but we know how important a library is to our community.”

Even though the precept is above the rate of inflation, there are many town and parish councils in North Somerset who charge homeowners more.

Cllr Stuart McQuillan of the Library Working Group said: “The library has been well-used by all generations and is valued by families.

“Children are being told to avoid screen-time, so they should be encouraged to read as much as possible.”

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