Cranbrook: estate rent charges to be transferred to council tax

Estate Rent Charge Agreement to proceed

In August last year the Town Council (CTC) decided that it would proceed with negotiating with the Consortium to replace the estate rent charge by including this cost in the council tax. At an extraordinary meeting in January, the Town Council approved the Agreement. This Agreement, when signed by all the parties involved, removes the estate rent charge from 1 April 2018 and transfers ownership and responsibility to the Town Council for the first phase of public open space, including parts of the Country Park and St Martin’s and Hayes Square play parks. Under the Agreement, further areas of open space will transfer to the Town Council as they are finished in years to come.

Following approval of the Agreement, the Town Council finalised the budget which would be needed up to the end of March 2019 and agreed a precept (the Cranbrook Town Council element of the council tax) of £388,398. The precept will be collected by East Devon District Council through the council tax from April onwards.

By moving to council tax, households will be able to pay monthly and benefit from any discounts available under the council tax scheme.

How much council tax will I pay?

The amount of council tax paid by each household depends on the band which applies to the property eg. band A – H. The band is shown on the council tax bill.

Around 97% of homes in Cranbrook are in bands A – E and these households will be paying less under the new arrangements next year than they would have paid with the previous council tax and estate rent charge combined this year, and this does not take into account how the estate rent charge may have increased next year had it remained. …

The Town Council will also be holding surgeries for residents to discuss the change with Councillors on an individual basis. Residents are invited to call in to any of the surgeries which will be held in the Younghayes Centre on:

Monday 29 January (6.30pm – 8.30pm) Saturday 3 February (10.00am to noon) Monday 12 February (6.30pm – 8.30pm) Saturday 17 February (10.00am to noon)”

Click to access 180125-ERC-Press-Release.pdf