Parking charges reduction approved

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PLANS to lower short stay car parking charges in Stamford have been given the green light.

South Kesteven District Council approved plans to lower short stay car parking charges in Stamford and Grantham to 2008 levels during their meeting on Thursday last week.

The council has frozen council tax levels at last year’s levels. The bill for a Band D property is £1,367.73.

The district council faces a cut in its Government grant from £10.14m to £8.29m in 2011/12. It will be reduced further to £7.34m in 2012/13, a cut of 23.32 per cent over two years.

The council agreed to invest £4.2m over the next four years to buy land and property to help new business needs and members agreed to set aside £80,000 over the next four years to help shops inmprove their fronts.

Work will also start in the autumn on the £2.35m town centre re-development in Bourne.

Leader Coun Linda Neal said: “We have rightly been in listening mode and heard what residents and businesses have told us matters most to them.

“The economic regeneration of our town centres is crucial and we are committed to investing in a number of initiatives to help this in line with our Good for Business key priority.”

“We want to focus on getting the job done, doing more of what local people value and protecting frontline services as much as possible. This budget is about improvement, opportunity, growth and investment.

“Despite a cash reduction of 23.3 per cent, we want to ensure that we protect front line services as much as possible and look to do more of what local people say they value.”

Rutland County Council set its council tax bills for 2011. A Band D property in Oakham is £1,075.65.