Gosport Borough Council freezes most fees for 2022

GOSPORT Borough Council has decided not to increase most of the fees and charges it makes for its services in 2022.

The only section of charges that will change relate to the removal of abandoned vehicles, caravans and trailers.

Currently, the fee for removing an unwanted vehicle is £90 and it is £165 to take away a caravan or trailer. In 2022, these will be charged at the cost incurred by the council.

Fees for car parks, allotments, sports facilities, and licences will remain unchanged in the new year.

These are all fees and charges that are set by the council but there are some which are determined by central government and so may be subject to change.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Graham Burgess, said: “These fees are important income sources for the council, helping to pay for services and to reduce the burden on council-tax payers.

“But we know what residents and businesses in the borough have been through since the pandemic hit, and this is one way of giving them a break and helping them recover.

“Because the council has managed its finances carefully, we can afford to do this.”

As Mr Burgess indicates, another important source of revenue is the portion of the Council Tax that the borough council receives.

Gosport residents will have to wait until March to find out the details of the council’s budget and how much Council Tax they will be required to pay in the financial year 2022-23.

While fees and charges in Gosport are decided for a calendar year, in Fareham, the council’s fees and charges are set for a financial year beginning in April and, for 2022-23, they will be discussed by the Executive in early January

Image (top) from Alarmy Stock Images (ID D0W9TE): Gosport Town Hall in the high street