Councillor Harry Verney proposes Hampshire-wide flood tax

Romsey Advertiser: Harry Verney (right) in flood-hit Cheriton earlier this year Harry Verney (right) in flood-hit Cheriton earlier this year

A WINCHESTER councillor wants Hampshire residents to pay a levy to help those affected by flooding.

After the severe floods, city councillor Harry Verney has written to leader of Hampshire County Council, Roy Perry, to ask for a one-off tax increase which could produce up to £30 million.

Cllr Verney suggests Hampshire imposes a one-off levy to raise £20-30m.

He said: “I am sure the public would be sympathetic to those who have suffered already and happily bear the very small extra burden if they felt it would produce some real solutions to the problem which are undoubtedly going to cost money.”

Mr Verney raised special concerns about Bramdean, where the A272 was closed for several weeks. He predicted the village will be hit again this autumn: “It’s four months until Bramdean is flooded again and the county council haven’t surveyed the drains yet. They promised to do it at the end of April. Absolutely nothing has happened in Bramdean. I have no confidence in Hampshire County Council.”

Mr Perry said he disagrees with the proposal.

“I admire Harry Verney for the verve with which he represents his area. I cannot agree with him however on a special flood levy. In Hampshire we are certainly take steps to help avoid and alleviate as far as possible future floods.

“We will commit funds to deal with flood measures. We will push for more funding from Government to help including improvements to the Bellwin scheme but I prefer to down that route than raising taxes.”

He added: “We have not increased Hampshire’s council tax for five years. We have the lowest council tax in the south east region and we owe it to Hampshire's tax payers to keep it that way.”

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2:50am Mon 14 Jul 14

win447 says...

NO WHY SHOULD WE PAY MORE Taxes on something which isnt our problem get the snobbys to fit flood denfenses around the posh propertys by the river even that or move tough its life get over it we pay enough taxes as is it is ,its a enviromental problem not a human one jog on and find some other muppet who wants THE PUBLIC OF WINCHESTER To pay for a flooding not OUR PROBLEM get over it and move on blame the rising water levels and the melting polar caps,oh hold on ask for the money from the countries whos causing these problems ...you might find the answer there.
NO WHY SHOULD WE PAY MORE Taxes on something which isnt our problem get the snobbys to fit flood denfenses around the posh propertys by the river even that or move tough its life get over it we pay enough taxes as is it is ,its a enviromental problem not a human one jog on and find some other muppet who wants THE PUBLIC OF WINCHESTER To pay for a flooding not OUR PROBLEM get over it and move on blame the rising water levels and the melting polar caps,oh hold on ask for the money from the countries whos causing these problems ...you might find the answer there. win447
  • Score: 8

10:02am Mon 14 Jul 14

raised eyebrows says...

when you buy your house, you know from the searches whether or not it's in a flood plain. Utter nonsense to suggest those diligent enough not to buy in a flood risk area should pay for those who aren't
when you buy your house, you know from the searches whether or not it's in a flood plain. Utter nonsense to suggest those diligent enough not to buy in a flood risk area should pay for those who aren't raised eyebrows
  • Score: 7

7:13pm Mon 14 Jul 14

winchester resident says...

win447 wrote:
NO WHY SHOULD WE PAY MORE Taxes on something which isnt our problem get the snobbys to fit flood denfenses around the posh propertys by the river even that or move tough its life get over it we pay enough taxes as is it is ,its a enviromental problem not a human one jog on and find some other muppet who wants THE PUBLIC OF WINCHESTER To pay for a flooding not OUR PROBLEM get over it and move on blame the rising water levels and the melting polar caps,oh hold on ask for the money from the countries whos causing these problems ...you might find the answer there.
Indeed.
People of Winnall to pay more Council tax to protect properties of well -heeled residents of Bramdean.
Think again.
[quote][p][bold]win447[/bold] wrote: NO WHY SHOULD WE PAY MORE Taxes on something which isnt our problem get the snobbys to fit flood denfenses around the posh propertys by the river even that or move tough its life get over it we pay enough taxes as is it is ,its a enviromental problem not a human one jog on and find some other muppet who wants THE PUBLIC OF WINCHESTER To pay for a flooding not OUR PROBLEM get over it and move on blame the rising water levels and the melting polar caps,oh hold on ask for the money from the countries whos causing these problems ...you might find the answer there.[/p][/quote]Indeed. People of Winnall to pay more Council tax to protect properties of well -heeled residents of Bramdean. Think again. winchester resident
  • Score: 4

10:03am Wed 16 Jul 14

Cheriton resident says...

This man is well-known for silly ideas. Earlier this year he asked people round here to stop flushing their toilets in order to save Winchester from flooding! The Conservative Party which claims to be in favour of low taxation must be embarrassed by this as Hampshire County Council is Conservative-control
led.
Ignore him!
This man is well-known for silly ideas. Earlier this year he asked people round here to stop flushing their toilets in order to save Winchester from flooding! The Conservative Party which claims to be in favour of low taxation must be embarrassed by this as Hampshire County Council is Conservative-control led. Ignore him! Cheriton resident
  • Score: 2
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