Wyre’s budget passed

Wyre Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton view

Wyre Civic Centre, Breck Road, Poulton view

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PLANS to freeze council tax for a third consecutive year have been approved by community leaders.

Wyre Council’s Conservative group unanimously backed the budget for 2013/14.

The decision to prevent council tax from rising means someone living in a Band D property will pay only 49p a day and comes as Government funding for the authority was cut by seven per cent from £6.9m to £6.4m.

Councillors have pledged to invest £5m in leisure centres, almost £800,000 in parks, playgrounds and open spaces, and secured Government funding of £58m to replace the seawall in Rossall.

The budget also reflects the authority’s willingness to reduce the amount of empty homes across Wyre.

Landlords owning substantially unfurnished properties were previously exempt from paying council tax for six months.

This year’s changes will see landlords pay 100 per cent for one month and 50 per cent for the following five months in the hope they take responsibility for their properties to get them on the housing market.