Baildon Town Council freezes its tax charge

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The cost of running Baildon town council has been frozen at last year’s level but local work and projects will not suffer, say councillors.

“Careful budgeting” means residents will not be asked to pay any increase in the amount collected for its council tax precept in 2014/15.

A wealth of volunteers who support local schemes has also helped prevent a rise in the charge.

The town council’s decision means that its charge for a band D household in 2014/15 will remain the same as the previous year – £15.32.

Chairman Councillor Chris Flecknoe said: “We are mindful that many residents are having to tighten their purse-strings this year and we are very glad that careful budgeting has enabled us to keep the precept at the same level next year.

“Wherever possible, we work in partnership with other organisations and the multitude of volunteers who contribute to the quality of life in Baildon, and we apply for external grants where these are available.

“Keeping the precept at the same level next year does not mean any reduction in the activities of Baildon Town Council which is committed to providing good value for money whilst addressing local needs.

“One of the main functions of a town council is to develop and support projects for the benefit of the community and environment where we live.

“Many residents have told us how much they have appreciated the festive lights in Baildon this year, and we intend to continue to invest in improving the lights, particularly at lower Baildon and Charlestown.”

Coun Flecknoe said one cost saving was due to the increasing success of Baildon Farmers’ Market.

“The very popular market now makes sufficient money to support itself without a subsidy from the Town Council,” she said.

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8:46am Fri 17 Jan 14

james craggs says...

As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost.
The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary.
It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.
As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost. The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary. It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation. james craggs
  • Score: -3

8:56am Fri 17 Jan 14

Shipleyvegas says...

james craggs wrote:
As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost.
The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary.
It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.
That's a little harsh. Cllr Lyons certainly seems to put a huge amount of work in to the town, and is one of the only councillors who we actually hear anything from.

Less Sefl Publicist more Keeping in touch with the electorate maybe?
[quote][p][bold]james craggs[/bold] wrote: As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost. The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary. It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.[/p][/quote]That's a little harsh. Cllr Lyons certainly seems to put a huge amount of work in to the town, and is one of the only councillors who we actually hear anything from. Less Sefl Publicist more Keeping in touch with the electorate maybe? Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 6

9:26am Fri 17 Jan 14

BaildonGuy says...

Baildon Town Council is a wonderful example of what can be done with very little money providing it is spent by local people who really understand the problem. Contrast this with City Hall.

As far as I am concerned Cllr. Lyons is doing a great job, he's the only politician that you come across in Baildon actively doing things when there isn't an election looming. I hope one day he makes it onto the City Council or even becomes our MP.
Baildon Town Council is a wonderful example of what can be done with very little money providing it is spent by local people who really understand the problem. Contrast this with City Hall. As far as I am concerned Cllr. Lyons is doing a great job, he's the only politician that you come across in Baildon actively doing things when there isn't an election looming. I hope one day he makes it onto the City Council or even becomes our MP. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 2

10:07am Fri 17 Jan 14

Desmin says...

BaildonGuy wrote:
Baildon Town Council is a wonderful example of what can be done with very little money providing it is spent by local people who really understand the problem. Contrast this with City Hall. As far as I am concerned Cllr. Lyons is doing a great job, he's the only politician that you come across in Baildon actively doing things when there isn't an election looming. I hope one day he makes it onto the City Council or even becomes our MP.
I agree BaildonGuy. Cllr. Lyons is just doing his best for Baildon and let's just hope he keeps on concerntrating on our area.
[quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: Baildon Town Council is a wonderful example of what can be done with very little money providing it is spent by local people who really understand the problem. Contrast this with City Hall. As far as I am concerned Cllr. Lyons is doing a great job, he's the only politician that you come across in Baildon actively doing things when there isn't an election looming. I hope one day he makes it onto the City Council or even becomes our MP.[/p][/quote]I agree BaildonGuy. Cllr. Lyons is just doing his best for Baildon and let's just hope he keeps on concerntrating on our area. Desmin
  • Score: 5

1:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Albion. says...

james craggs wrote:
As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost.
The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary.
It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.
I wonder if he has a TV licence?
[quote][p][bold]james craggs[/bold] wrote: As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost. The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary. It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.[/p][/quote]I wonder if he has a TV licence? Albion.
  • Score: 2

1:39pm Fri 17 Jan 14

james craggs says...

Desmin wrote:
BaildonGuy wrote:
Baildon Town Council is a wonderful example of what can be done with very little money providing it is spent by local people who really understand the problem. Contrast this with City Hall. As far as I am concerned Cllr. Lyons is doing a great job, he's the only politician that you come across in Baildon actively doing things when there isn't an election looming. I hope one day he makes it onto the City Council or even becomes our MP.
I agree BaildonGuy. Cllr. Lyons is just doing his best for Baildon and let's just hope he keeps on concerntrating on our area.
That's what Self publicist means; others do the work and he takes the glory with his hotline to the TandA.
God help us if he does start to rule the universe,
PS Baildon guy, is he your Dad?
[quote][p][bold]Desmin[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BaildonGuy[/bold] wrote: Baildon Town Council is a wonderful example of what can be done with very little money providing it is spent by local people who really understand the problem. Contrast this with City Hall. As far as I am concerned Cllr. Lyons is doing a great job, he's the only politician that you come across in Baildon actively doing things when there isn't an election looming. I hope one day he makes it onto the City Council or even becomes our MP.[/p][/quote]I agree BaildonGuy. Cllr. Lyons is just doing his best for Baildon and let's just hope he keeps on concerntrating on our area.[/p][/quote]That's what Self publicist means; others do the work and he takes the glory with his hotline to the TandA. God help us if he does start to rule the universe, PS Baildon guy, is he your Dad? james craggs
  • Score: -3

2:17pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Shipleyvegas says...

Albion. wrote:
james craggs wrote:
As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost.
The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary.
It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.
I wonder if he has a TV licence?
Nope sorry - i don't see the relevance of that comment...
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]james craggs[/bold] wrote: As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost. The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary. It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.[/p][/quote]I wonder if he has a TV licence?[/p][/quote]Nope sorry - i don't see the relevance of that comment... Shipleyvegas
  • Score: 0

6:15pm Sat 18 Jan 14

taleoftruth says...

james craggs wrote:
As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost.
The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary.
It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.
Personal attacks on volunteers result in good people resigning. It's no wonder we're stuck with the current selfish dull and uninspiring politicians in Bradford. People don't recognise a good thing when they see it, so we all get to suffer for their shortsightedness.
[quote][p][bold]james craggs[/bold] wrote: As a Baildon resident I appreciate the work the Town Council is doing, I think it has been a big success at little cost. The town councillors are to be applauded for their hard work .which, I believe, is all voluntary. It's just a shame that self publicist Councillor Lyons tries to use the council for his own selfish political aims which spoils the Council's reputation.[/p][/quote]Personal attacks on volunteers result in good people resigning. It's no wonder we're stuck with the current selfish dull and uninspiring politicians in Bradford. People don't recognise a good thing when they see it, so we all get to suffer for their shortsightedness. taleoftruth
  • Score: 5

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