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Councillor backing for proposed precept rise

Chairman of Epworth Parish Council Don Stewart meets Humberside Police Commissioner Matthew Grove, with back, Councillor Margaret Lindley, Councillor Yvonne Oliver, Town Clerk Caroline Maguire, Coucillor David Robinson and Councillor Ron Allcock. (Buy this photo E0951TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

Chairman of Epworth Parish Council Don Stewart meets Humberside Police Commissioner Matthew Grove, with back, Councillor Margaret Lindley, Councillor Yvonne Oliver, Town Clerk Caroline Maguire, Coucillor David Robinson and Councillor Ron Allcock. (Buy this photo E0951TS) Picture: Tony Saxton

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.

 

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