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About Your Council Tax Precept

Town council precepts
The town council is funded by part of the Council Tax known as a precept as well as by the income it generates.

How the precept is calculated
For more details on how the precept is calculated visit Braintree District Council’s website.

Town Councillors have overwhelmingly agreed that Witham’s share of the district’s council tax will rise by 26p a week for band D residents from April. Most householders in Witham live in band B and C properties and consequently will pay slightly less.

Witham Town Council receives the smallest proportion from the overall council tax yet provides Witham with a wealth of services at less than £2 week. The money covers the cost of the Town Hall, which houses the Diabetic Retinopathy Clinic and Barclays hub since the bank’s closure, as well as the Information Centre, whose friendly staff help residents with their queries and concerns. The precept further funds the management of the allotments with a new site opening this year, Witham’s spectacular summer floral displays, the Christmas light decorations and most prominently the overall maintenance of Whetmead Nature Reserve, James Cooke Wood, the Closed Churchyard and the “Jewel in the Crown”, The River Walk.

In addition, there are plans this year to increase the number of free events organised by the Town Council, following positive feedback from the recent survey in the quarterly Voice magazine. The Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Spooktacular, Santa’s grotto and highly successful Street Entertainment Festival and Christmas Fayre will continue and the recent additions of the Teddy Bear’s Picnic and Music Festival will be retained in the event’s calendar as well as the Dog Show returning due to popular demand.

Witham Town Council is particularly focused on community safety and has this year overseen the installation of a number of CCTV cameras across the town and manages their ongoing usage. The Council supports a newly appointed Street Warden as well as Witham’s Special Constables, who attend surgeries at the Hub. The Council also facilitates a Community Beat surgery twice monthly at The Town Hall with Essex Police for residents to voice any concerns. Going forward, there are plans to fund more services including speed reduction measures.

The leader of Witham Town Council, Councillor Phil Barlow is proud of what Witham achieves “We believe that, at less than £2 a week, we offer outstanding value for money to Witham’s residents. We are committed to making Witham a safe enjoyable and healthy place to live for everyone and this will help make those plans a reality”.

The annual public meeting will be held in April where Councillors explain what the Council does in more detail and all the Council’s elected member details are available on the Town Council website, in the Witham Voice or in the Town Hall.

Infographic to explain the Council Tax Precept for Witham Town Council for 2024-25:
How will we spend the budget?
Outdoor spaces that include Whetmead Nature Reserve, James Cooke Wood, River Walk, Closed Churchyard and allotments
Community Events that include the Easter Quest, Music Event, Halloween trail, Witham Street Entertainment Festival, remembrance Parade, SIlver Cinema, Dog Show and Christmas Fayre
Maldon Road Park Public toilets
Community Grants
Funding CCTV
Witham in Bloom and Tree Planting
Witham's Community Special Constabulary
Infographic explaining funding for Witham Town Council:
The average Band D household will pay Witham Town Council £1.99 per week, the rest will come from:
Room Hire charges
Allotment Charges
Dog & Bench sponsorship schemes
event income
interest received
Information Centre Purchases
Infographic showing some of the things Witham Town Council provided for the community in 2023:
150 children attended the Teddy Bears' Picnic and received a free teddy bear
530 children attended the Easter Trail and received a free Easter Egg
330 children attended the Halloween Trail and received a free gift and sweets
Around 10,400people attended the Witham Street Entertainment Festival
500 children met Santa Claus in the Town Hall Grotto and received a gift
The Town Council gave 1,129 residents free dog poo bags
Around 4,000 people attended the Witham Christmas Fayre
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