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Householders in Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth are facing a rise in their council tax from April to pay for more police in Hertfordshire.

The county's police and crime commissioner David Lloyd wants to increase his 11% share of the overall bill by 4.7% to fund another 110 officers to take Hertfordshire's force up to 2,377 by April 2023.

For the typical band D household in Herts, this would mean paying £223 for policing and crime prevention in 2022-23 – up £59 (36%) from £164 in 2018-19. The current 2021-22 levy is £213, which represented a 7.5% rise of £15 from £198 in 2020-21.

Herts PCC David Lloyd, right, with Chief Constable Charlie Hall
Herts PCC David Lloyd, right, with Chief Constable Charlie Hall

Running Hertfordshire police is expected to cost £260m in 2022-23. This is funded by a combination of £141m from central government, £102m from residents and £17m in fees, charges and other grants.

The 4.7% increase proposed by Mr Lloyd would raise an extra £4.59m and pay for another 90 regular officers and 20 police community support officers.

It will also meet inflationary pressures and cover a 3.5% pay rise for officers and staff following a salary freeze this year.

Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd wants a band D household to pay £223 for policing in 2022-23
Herts Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd wants a band D household to pay £223 for policing in 2022-23

Mr Lloyd said: "2021 saw us reach a record high number of officers in Hertfordshire and more are on the way. These, along with the extra PCSOs, will enable a continued focus on the neighbourhood work which people tell me concerns them, such as anti-social behaviour, speeding, burglary, business crime and violence.

"We also need to ensure these officers are accessible to the public and able to respond to what people need from their police service. We will be putting extra money in new technology so people can have closer connections with officers."

New systems will allow the public to send live video streams to officers and the force control room when they call 999 or 101, and send digital evidence online. They will also be able to check an officer's identity by requesting a unique PIN code to get further reassurance.

Mr Lloyd added: "But it is not just all about getting more officers, as the ultimate aim is reducing crime and the harm it causes. This can also be achieved by working smarter to stop it from occurring in the first place and spotting the early warning signs.

PCC David Lloyd has overseen a record number of police officers in Herts
PCC David Lloyd has overseen a record number of police officers in Herts

"This additional money will enable the programmes of Prevention First and evidence-based policing that the constabulary are following to progress and benefit all of our communities."

"Understandably, given some national incidents this year, there is a lot of concern about violence towards women and children. This budget will ensure that additional effort and resources are focused on this area. But to reassure you, Hertfordshire already has the lowest number of rapes and serious sexual violence compared to its most similar forces."

Mr Lloyd concluded: "Before I take any decisions on the budget, I want to understand from the people of Hertfordshire about what they feel the local priorities should be."

To have your say, see www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/precept2022 or email your.views@herts-pcc.gov.uk.

In addition to Mr Lloyd's recommendation, East Herts Council has signalled a rise of £5 for band D properties. On average in Bishop's Stortford and Sawbridgeworth, town or parish council spending accounts for 4% of overall council tax demands, with 9% going to the district council, 11% to police and 76% to Hertfordshire County Council.

In Stortford, council tax bills (2021-22) currently stand at: Band A – £1,287.60 B – £1,502.20 C – £1,716.80 D – £1,931.40 E – £2,360.60 F – £2,789.79 G – £3,219.00 H – £3,862.80.

WHAT THE DIFFERENT COUNCILS IN BISHOP'S STORTFORD DO

Hertfordshire County Council

  • Caring for and supporting children, young people and families
  • Caring for the elderly and vulnerable and people with disabilities and mental health problems
  • Public health and supporting people with drug or alcohol problems
  • Fire and rescue service
  • Road maintenance and safety
  • Co-ordinating bus services and providing home-to-school transport for children
  • Recycling and waste disposal
  • Responding to major planning applications – for example, housing and mineral extraction
  • Economic development
  • Providing libraries, archives and local studies material
  • Trading Standards – protecting consumers against poor quality goods and services and upholding fair trading laws
  • Community safety (crime/anti-social behaviour reduction initiatives) and emergency planning

East Herts Council

  • Planning and building control
  • Housing and homelessness
  • Refuse collection and street cleansing services
  • Car parks and controlled parking zones
  • Leisure services – e.g. Grange Paddocks, Castle Gardens, Southern Country Park and most play areas
  • Environmental health

Bishop's Stortford Town Council

  • Allotments
  • Community centres
  • Cemeteries and closed churchyards
  • Leisure – Sworder's Field and some play areas

Hertfordshire Constabulary

  • Policing and crime prevention


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