Crowborough Town Council now has the 82nd highest Council Tax precept in England

Update: In 2017/18, the amount of Council Tax charged by Crowborough Town Council is £156.20 (for an average Band D household).

This places Crowborough in 82nd position out of over 10,000 town and parish councils in the country.

Council Tax – parishes in Wealden district:

2016/17 2017/18 Change (%)
Crowborough £151.55 £156.20 3%
Uckfield £149.74 £153.58 3%
Forest Row £140.49 £146.92 5%
Hailsham £121.66 £126.53 4%
Danehill £158.92 £118.88 -25%
Ninfield £120.11 £113.55 -5%
Hooe £94.45 £111.59 18%
Polegate £104.00 £105.63 2%
Berwick £97.98 £102.34 4%
Hellingly £91.46 £94.20 3%
Arlington £82.89 £80.77 -3%
Withyham £75.91 £78.60 4%
Isfield £69.55 £74.84 8%
Heathfield and Waldron £70.80 £73.00 3%
Hadlow Down £72.10 £72.32 0%
Hartfield £67.31 £70.20 4%
Chiddingly £63.13 £66.96 6%
Herstmonceux £60.96 £66.60 9%
Rotherfield £57.31 £63.84 11%
East Hoathly with Halland £58.70 £58.70 0%
Wadhurst £56.90 £57.86 2%
Westham £56.98 £57.78 1%
Willingdon and Jevington £55.80 £56.48 1%
Mayfield and Five Ashes £55.26 £55.88 1%
Framfield £56.00 £55.56 -1%
Alfriston £54.93 £55.11 0%
Fletching £46.98 £51.75 10%
Buxted £47.23 £51.47 9%
Cuckmere Valley £46.46 £49.62 7%
Laughton £49.59 £49.59 0%
East Dean and Friston £49.43 £49.16 -1%
Pevensey £49.36 £48.78 -1%
Frant £43.94 £44.75 2%
Maresfield £65.64 £37.09 -43%
Long Man £34.10 £34.18 0%
Wartling £32.23 £32.12 0%
Horam £29.37 £29.92 2%
Chalvington with Ripe £25.23 £25.22 0%
Warbleton £23.78 £24.00 1%
Alciston £9.39 £10.55 12%
Selmeston £8.25 £8.35 1%
Little Horsted £0.00 £0.00 #DIV/0!

How Crowborough’s Council Tax compares

There are over 10,000 parishes (including town councils) in England.  The average Council Tax charge for a parish is £54.12 per year but in Crowborough it’s nearly three times as much at £151.57.

The total Council Tax bill paid by households is made up of several elements.  In this area Council Tax is collected by Wealden District Council, but a proportion of the money is redistributed to East Sussex County Council, East Sussex Fire Authoirty, the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner and the parish or town council where you  live:

Council Tax Increases 2015-16

Council Tax Increases in 2015/16 for a Band D Property

This year Crowborough Town Council’s portion was increased by £23 for an average Band D property.  Councillors decided to increase the Council Tax to cover any future interest payments if they took-out a loan to purchase and convert Pine Grove to create an Enterprise Hub.  At the last meeting in a closed session Councillors considered a structural report on the former offices of Wealden District Council.  Now an Extra-ordinary meeting has been called on Monday 28th September to review progress and consider the appointment of a Planning Consultant and other professionals.  The meeting starts at 8.15pm in the Town Hall.

Council Tax Bands range from A (lowest) to H (highest), and are based on property values in 1991 – Band A for homes valued at less than £40,000 to Band H for dwellings valued at more than £320,00.

Band D is always used to compare one council to another.    Band H properties pay twice as much as Council Tax as an average Band D household.  (Click to enlarge graph.)

Average-Band-D

Distribution of parish Band D amounts charged since 2013-14

Parishes in Wealden

Parish/Town 2014/15 2015/16 Increase %
Crowborough 128.37 151.56 18.1%
Uckfield 143.79 146.66 2.0%
Danehill 76.82 133.98 74.4%
Forest Row 132.29 132.77 0.4%
Ninfield 116.05 120.17 3.5%
Hailsham 114.69 116.98 2.0%
Polegate 96.98 96.98 0.0%
Hooe 86.96 95.99 10.4%
Hellingly 79.85 90.46 13.3%
Berwick 87.38 87.47 0.1%
Isfield 73.25 73.45 0.3%
Withyham 72.30 72.87 0.8%
Hadlow Down 70.68 72.10 2.0%
Heathfield and Waldron 70.09 69.30 -1.1%
Maresfield 49.44 66.64 34.8%
Hartfield 66.30 66.02 -0.4%
Chiddingly 64.49 64.40 -0.1%
Herstmonceux 60.19 59.61 -1.0%
East Hoathly with Halland 60.19 59.50 -1.1%
Westham 53.74 58.99 9.8%
Wadhurst 51.13 56.74 11.0%
Mayfield and Five Ashes 52.59 56.17 6.8%
Framfield 57.43 55.92 -2.6%
Alfriston 55.18 55.76 1.0%
Willingdon and Jevington 55.52 55.52 0.0%
Arlington 51.41 53.28 3.6%
Pevensey 51.87 50.82 -2.0%
East Dean and Friston 41.17 49.45 20.1%
Rotherfield 46.77 48.52 3.7%
Buxted 47.66 47.45 -0.4%
Cuckmere Valley 46.57 46.68 0.2%
Laughton 45.76 45.76 0.0%
Frant 43.75 43.11 -1.5%
Fletching 39.67 39.68 0.0%
Horam 29.87 29.79 -0.3%
Long Man 25.31 28.50 12.6%
Wartling 25.65 27.25 6.2%
Warbleton 22.72 23.17 2.0%
Chalvington with Ripe 22.72 22.69 -0.1%
Alciston 9.70 9.40 -3.1%
Selmeston 8.44 8.35 -1.1%
Little Horsted 0.00 0.00 #DIV/0!

For statistics about parish precepts see: www.gov.uk.

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One comment on “Crowborough Town Council now has the 82nd highest Council Tax precept in England
  1. I was aware that Crowborough Town Councils precept was in the top 1% so these figures are no surprise.
    With this hefty precept on top of the other 4 council tax demands, Crowborough residents pay one the highest council tax rates in the country if you compare the average band D of £1758.53 with other areas!Too many of the town councillors do not seem concerned about burdening the taxpayer with further large increases for years to come to pay for the proposed controversial business hub at Pine Grove.
    It will not be too long before the average council tax charge in Crowborough reaches £2000 and starts to damage the reputation of the town.

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