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Taxpayers will have to pay around an extra £3 per household under Bingham Town Council’s spending plans for next year.

The overall budget, which has increased by £7,313 to £178,960, was unanimously approved on Tuesday.

It means the tax for Band D properties will rise from £53.47 for this year to £56.72.

The setting of the budget was delayed in December because of a row over where money should come from to replace the Moor Lane allotments.

It is estimated it will cost around £30,000 to replace the plots, which were closed after they were discovered to be contaminated with chemicals.

Members again failed to agree over the issue on Tuesday and deferred a decision until a suitable site is found.

A total of £1,000 has been added to the promotions budget to pay for literature such as A Guide To Bingham and the Town News.

Another £4,000 will be spent on developing the council’s website and £1,000 will go towards litter and dog bins.

A town councillor, Mr George Davidson, said part of the 6% rise was due to a grant of £2,922 from Rushcliffe Borough Council being cut this year.

Another town councillor, Mrs Maureen Stockwood, said: “Bingham Town Council has just faced a most unusual financial year. The full costs of the contaminated land has yet to be determined.”

She said there had been several unexpected items last year that the town council had not budgeted for, such as having to buy new security fencing for the play area on Cogley Lane and spending £10,000 on detailed investigations at the former allotments and the old tennis courts at Butt Field.

She said: “All these items will considerably reduce our reserves. We have built up our reserves prudently over eight years for just such a situation we now find ourselves in.”

The town council has until the end of January to send its council tax requirements to the borough council. It will be added to that of the borough, Nottinghamshire County Council and Nottinghamshire police and fire authorities to make the final council tax figure.

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