RESIDENTS on Wrexham’s largest housing estate could face a precept hike if a community council accepts an ultimatum to take on local facilities.
Community councillors will tomorrow consider whether to take on an extra bill of £35,400 to run community centres, play areas and school crossing patrols in Caia Park.
It follows a letter from Wrexham Council asking all but six of the 34 community councils in the county to take on the running costs of some facilities or risk losing them.
According to the report, if the community council were to agree to running all the facilities mentioned it would put £9.48 a year extra on the community precept for a band D property in Caia Park. This would mean a rise of about 17 per cent from the current rate of £56 to £65.48.
Residents in the area already pay the third highest precept of any town or community council in the area.
Chair of Caia Park Community Council Marc Jones said community councillors would face tough decisions.
“I think from our point of view it’s going to be a very difficult meeting because the options being put to us are very stark,” he said.
“They’re saying either you take on the services that the council is offering and charge local people more or they’ll go.
“We’re going to have to consider all the options before we commit to anything.”
He added: “There’s been no debate with the council, it’s not a good way to do business.”
Figures show that the Kingsley Circle and Pentre Gwyn community centres, which the council would be required to take on, ran at a net loss of just under £22,000 in 2012-13.
In total the community council would have to take on seven play areas at a total cost of £3,360 at the Queensway youth shelter and skate park, Prince Charles Road play area, a multi use games area and youth shelter and play areas at Benjamin Road, Abenbury Fields and Pentre Gwyn.
There would be three school crossing patrols to adopt for Gwenfro, Hafod y Wern and Alexandra Schools costing a total of £10,050.
Public conveniences and bowling greens are also under review, but there are no such facilities in Caia Park.
Streetlighting is currently the subject of a county wide review and the report warns Caia Park has been underpaying for its street lighting. It could face an increase in its lighting levy of between £6 and £7 per person per year, on top of the community precept hike.
The community council has three options in respect of the assets - a direct transfer to the community council who will give a 100 per cent financial contribution, a transfer to another local organisation or the final option could see the end of the services concerned.