Calls have been made for the public to overthrow Burnham Town Council, after a £25,000 precept was added to next year's council tax.

Councillors have been criticised for adding the hefty sum, given that the majority of this year's £25,000 precept for "special projects" remains unspent.

The latest decision, made at a council budget meeting, will see residents pay a total of £128,250 for 2013-2014.

Councillors originally decided to increase its demand on taxpayers after being told the amount it could request for the following year would be subject to a cap.

Cllr Jack Sheppard, who was the only councillor to have his vote recorded against the decision, is now urging taxpayers to vote against his fellow councillors at the next election.

He said: “I am appalled, I don’t know why the people of Burnham put up with it."

See this week's Burnham Standard for the full story.