A former Police Authority member and Epworth town councillor has backed a proposed rise in the area’s police precept.
Council chairman Don Stewart said a proposal by Humberside Police and Crime Commissioner Matthew Grove to hike the portion of council tax used to pay for policing by 1.99 per cent for 2014/15, would preserve numbers of police officers and PCSOs. Mr Grove said the rise would mean the precept on a typical Band D property would rise by around six pence per week.
Coun Stewart, an on and off member of the Police Authority over the past 20 years and who last summer met Michael Grove to discuss policing issues in the Isle, responded: “As a former member of the authority I think it was commendable to be able to freeze the precept last year. However, we have to look at elderly people like me and vulnerable people in the community who have a right to protection.”
See February 6 edition of Epworth Bells for more reaction.