Council Tax freeze approved for second year running

Wychavon's Executive Board on Wednesday night approved a Council Tax freeze for the second year running.

This means that a Band D property will again pay just £120.08 for the district council's services. Wychavon's Council Tax is currently the lowest in Worcestershire and the eighth lowest in the country out of all the district councils.

Alongside this, the Executive Board agreed on 11 new promises for the year ahead and beyond.

Cllr. Bradley Thomas, Leader of Wychavon said "We are delighted to announce that we will be freezing Council Tax for another year, a decision made possible by our strong financial position.

"The promises we have made for the year prioritise the needs of the district's communities, including taking decisive action on social mobility, reducing crime, developing business and delivering new walking and cycling routes, as well as play areas and equipment in our much-loved parks.

"We're also committing to improve design quality for new buildings through the creation of an urban designer role and I'm very keen that we become more design-led in our new developments.

"We are looking forward to another busy year working hard for those who live and work in our wonderful district."

The promises include:
  • Work with partners to increase levels of cycling and walking by supporting the delivery of new routes in Evesham and the development of cycling and walking plans for Droitwich Spa and Pershore by 31 March 2021.
  • Work with partners to improve social mobility across the district and invest a further £200,000 over three years to support and improve outcomes for free school meal eligible children and their families.
  • Work with partners to reduce the crimes most affecting our district through supporting communities, delivering education and awareness campaigns, coordinating community days of action and property marking events.
  • Over the next two years install at least 20 additional electric vehicle charging points in car parks across the district and publish a plan setting out how we will encourage businesses, developers and communities to install more charging points.
  • Invest £200,000 over the next two years to improve play areas, equipment and paths in our parks.
  • Work with partners to promote and support delivery of the emerging Worcestershire Pollinator Strategy including the creation of new and improved habitats for bees, butterflies and other insects in council managed green spaces by 31 March 2021.
  • Create a new urban designer role to lead work on delivering well designed, high quality and locally distinctive development.
  • Build small business units for rent and create a Wychavon business hub to pilot providing support to at least three businesses at key stages of their development by 31 March 2021.
  • Work with partners to help transform and revitalise our town centres so they are fit for the future and establish an initial seed-fund of £150,000 to help develop masterplans for our three towns by 31 March 2021.
  • Deliver the first phase of our tourism action plan through producing a targeted marketing plan, arranging business networking events and planning a familiarisation event for journalists and group travel organisers by 31 March 2021.
  • Deliver a three year programme of funding, mentoring and advice to strengthen and improve a range of community-led rural transport options.
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