LittlehamptonTown Council is asking for an average increase of £2.22 in its share of the Council Tax bill.

This means the average demand for a Band D property in the town will be £76.33, a rise for the first time in three years.

The council says the small increase was necessary because of cuts in funding but it has been kept within inflation levels through good housekeeping, careful spending and management of the council's funds.

David Dyball, chairman of the general purposes and finance committee, said the new budget for the next financial year would help support a number of planned schemes for the town.

The council will continue with its plans to improve street lighting, public toilets, provide grant support for the various voluntary and charitable organisations in the town and extra support for the two-hour free parking disc scheme in the car parks.

It will also finance new initiatives such as the landscaping of Rosemead open space, the installation of a town clock in the High Street and the expansion of the museum at Manor House.

Converted for the new archive on 30 June 2000. Some images and formatting may have been lost in the conversion.