Another hike in the Council Tax?

I see Thames Valley Police want to push up the Council Tax.  I have voted NO in their consultation exercise which did not seek to find out my reasons so I will set them out here.  I would support an increase if I thought it would be funding the right priorities.  In my view these are to increase activity in dealing with burglary, anti-social behaviour and violence and cutting back on the pursuit of so-called “hate crime” and persecuting the poor old motorist.

We need to see more policemen and women on our streets – including village streets – and less sitting behind computer screens investigating allegations of “hate” or sitting outside Christopher Rawlins school with a speed camera waiting for the hapless motorist who fails to spot the road has a daft 30mph speed limit on it when it feels like a normal country road; an easy cash cow for police funds!  No, I have not been caught!  I have learned to look out for their very regular visits to this spot.



About Keith R Mitchell CBE

Qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1967. Pursued a successful career in financial training and publishing until selling his interests in 1990. Elected a County Councillor for the Bloxham Division in 1989. Leader of Oxfordshire County Council 5 November 2001 to 15 May 2012. Chairman of the South East England Regional Planning Committee July 2002 to July 2005. Chairman of the South East England Regional Assembly July 2005 to July 2008. In HM the Queen’s 2007 Birthday Honours, appointed a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire in recognition of services to local government.
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