Botley residents are facing an increase in their council tax due to the cost of fighting Eastleigh Borough Council’s local housing plan.
In a survey of residents sponsored by the parish council last October, 96% of respondents said they were opposed to an extra 1400 new homes being built on Boorley Green.
The Parish council have decided to put aside a ‘fighting fund’ of £15,000 to fund professional advice and representation in case it becomes necessary to oppose the plans at the public enquiry on behalf of the community
This has resulted in a 2.27% increase in the precept or £2.21 for an average band D house.
The council have written to residents describing their actions as:
“Representing and supporting the community in a responsible and cost effective way.”
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