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Councillor Responds To Grit Bin And Tax Issues

Tuesday February 5 2013



A COUNCILLOR has responded to criticism surrounding council tax and its grit bins in the Penistone area.

Steve Webber said grit bins are the responsibility of Barnsley Council, and Penistone Town Council does not decide council tax bands - although it does set a precept.

"Council tax bands are determined by the value of properties and the town council has no control over that. If you buy a house at that price, you’re going to be in that band,” said Cllr Webber.

Regarding the long-running grit bin issue, Cllr Webber said: "Penistone Town Council has no responsibility for grit bins in any part of the borough - don't blame Penistone Town Council for not gritting your pavements."

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Reply Posted by sharon townsend on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 14:09
the council tax goes on youre income and under what band you live in why should they put it up because familys carnt afford the council tax has it stands

Reply Posted by Barnsley Blade on Tuesday February 5 2013 at 16:27
I don't live in Penistone so can't comment about your problems, but what does strike me is that a Councillor can only respond in order to absolve themselves of any blame. Cllr Webber you demonstrate the true ethos of all politicians, well done.

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Wednesday February 6 2013 at 05:57
Poor show cllr Webber. You represent the town, it's up to you and you colleagues to liaise with the council to look after the interests of the residents. Pointing to other people and saying its not my fault just isn't good enough.

Just so people do know what you are responsible for, how about listing them here so we know what to praise and what to grumble about?

Reply Posted by toby tyke on Wednesday February 6 2013 at 14:06
Why doesnt Cllr Webber adopt the Tory idea od big society and grit and clear the streets himself with some of his town council friends

Reply Posted by Leevy on Wednesday February 6 2013 at 16:43
Spoken like a true councillor, if Cllr Webber can't help Penistone tax payers who can.??

Reply Posted by Uncle Buck on Wednesday February 6 2013 at 22:13
If a town council does not have control of such a simple duty/responsibility such as grit bins, what on earth are they there for? More importantly does this mean Penistoneians(?) have instead voted for a powerless sub council instead of having actual representation on Barnsley town Council which has some (moderate) power?

Reply Posted by LV on Wednesday February 6 2013 at 22:27
Council is only based on the band your property is in, there are aspects that alter the amount you pay e.g. students, single persons, severe mental impairment. your income doesn't affect it unless you're on benefit. Penistone is a sub district governed by Barnsley, yes it's a town but it's not a borough in it's own right, it's councillors have the same power as any other ward in Barnsley. BMBC hold the budget and responsibility. If grit is such an issue why don't you go get your own and do it yourself instead of complaining, it's your town and your community, take some responsibility and pride in it! If you save the council some money this year, there might be less of a deficit next year. But no, you'll probably just sit back and complain about how much council tax is. We all get a bill, we all have a responsibility to pay it.

Reply Posted by Jase on Wednesday February 6 2013 at 23:16
Going by what services we receive we should be getting a rebate this year it seams like as far as BMBC acts they seam to forget this side if the motorway & our councillors really need to start to put penistone first & get the services we need

Reply Posted by Aunt Hilder on Saturday February 9 2013 at 12:23
Mr Webber. Since its Saturday, a traditional day for sport and football, I have to say "it's all gone quiet over there". Surely you want to come back on some of the comments made. I know it's not time for an election but you are allowed to talk to us inbetween.