Council tax more than Chelsea’s

WHITBY residents are paying more in council tax than people living in parts of London where some rental prices are as much as £115,000 per week.

Council tax figures for the borough also show Whitby tax payers are shelling out more for council services than their counterparts in Scarborough and Filey.

A band A property in Whitby, the lower end of the spectrum, will be liable for a council tax bill of £1053.75 per year while the most expensive bracket for house-holds in the town is band H with owners forking out £3161.24. In Scarborough the comparative figures are £1023.63 for band A and £3070.88 for band H and in Filey band A is £1051.47 and band h, £3154.40.

However, in Westminster at the heart of London a band A council tax bill is less than half of what it is in Whitby coming in at just £456.34.

According to property website Rightmove the cheapest domestic property for sale in Westminster is an apartment for £249, 999 and the most expensive is £7, 450, 000 which will fall into the band H council tax bracket because it is worth more than £320,000.

Despite the hefty price tag the council tax bill is £1369.04, £1792 less than the band h price for Whitby where the most expensive house according to Rightmove is on Royal Crescent with nine bedrooms and in need or renovation being marketed at £775, 000.

The figures become even more disproportionate when you look at the swanky borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It costs £275,000 just for a parking space, £495,000 for a one bed apartment and £115,000 per week to rent a six bedroomed flat.

A band A property will pay £717.15 per year yet the most expensive property, for sale for £42 million will still pay less than the most expensive Whitby house with a council tax bill of just £2151.44.

Church Street resident Richard Ineson, who researched the comparisons, said: “Mrs Thatcher, when she was the Prime Minister, always said the level of council tax was lower in local authorities controlled by Conservative councillors than in those controlled by other political parties, so what happened here in Conservative controlled North Yorkshire? Financial control out to lunch?

“I think we should be told.”