THE RESULTS of a survey aiming to see how much extra council tax Woodley residents were willing to pay has been published this week.

The survey asked all 10,755 households in Woodley how much extra they would be willing to pay in Council tax to help preserve facilities and town maintenance.

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As a result of this, it was revealed of the 2,384 responses from residents, 20.2 per cent of residents would be happy with a 43p per week increase, 10.2 per cent were happy with a 65p per week increase, 22.6 per cent were happy with 87p per week increase, and 42.5 per cent were happy with a weekly increase of £1.09 to their council tax.

This public response e budget will be formally presented at the full council meeting in February 2021, where the tax increase will be officially decided.

Keith Baker, Council Leader for the Woodley Town Council, said: "We are very grateful to the unprecedented response from residents who took the time to respond to the survey.

"Running a survey like this is a first in the Borough so we did not know what to expect.

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"It is clear, through the huge return, that residents clearly appreciated being asked. Resident feedback is important when making decisions about the community as a whole.

"We appreciate that the Covid 19 pandemic has and continues to leave many residents in difficult situations. All of this will be considered when setting the Town Council Tax level for next year.

"We are proud to have got the current Town Council Tax level to be lower than the 2013/14 level.

"Our natural inclination is to continue to keep it as low as possible which is what we intend to continue to do for next year’s tax levels.”