Slow Progress and Politics – the Frustrations of an Independent Councillor

  • Politics
  • Parking
  • Sheen Way
  • Beddington Farmlands
  • And more

We have all seen the performances in the Houses of Parliament, in recent months, the apparent gap between the perceptions of politicians and those of “ordinary people”.  Factional, internecine warfare amongst the politicians in Westminster has seen day to day issues that they should be involved in stalled – is it a strong Opposition holding an errant Government to account – no, they are all embroiled in presenting what they think may get them elected if and when the next election comes around.

And sadly, the same can be said of Local Government – when one attends a Full Council meeting, “debate” amounts to Opposition critique of the ruling Liberal Democrats who riposte with “Government Cuts”.  Other debates bring forward side issues like Single Use Plastics or pledges around Anti-Bullying week.

All the while, we have noises off from the Carshalton and Wallington MP, Tom Brake directing and interfering because he knows that his Parliamentary career could be damaged by unpopular local Lib Dem policies.

The Parking Strategy is a typical example – poorly conceived, appallingly communicated, it created a massive backlash from local residents.  A Council meeting at Carshalton College was attended by 100’s of residents and, confronted by real people, Standing Orders and procedural matters were shown for their irrelevance in the real world.

In a panic reaction, you had Mr Brake pontificating and canvassing, followed by Social Media Posts by Liberal Democrat Councillors claiming “victories” on behalf of their residents when some changes were made. 

It was their policy in the first place, did they not have any appreciation of local residents’ lifestyles or needs?

The process of a Traffic Management Order (TMO) is in progress with the well defined Controlled Parking Zones (CPZ) of the initial questionnaires, replaced by a delightfully vague concept of Permitted Parking Area (PPA) – vague in definition, vague in signposting and of course vague in communication.

In Beddington North, we have yet to even experience Stage 1 of this comedy of errors that is the London Borough of Sutton’s Parking Strategy (Revised) but sadly it is likely that our residents may fall foul of the system before it reaches us.

Visiting a friend in a PPA, an electrician called to a job in a PPA or organising a caring visit to an elderly relative in a PPA?  All could get you a fine.

That TMO that would tell you all about the PPA’s – it will be on the LBS website, if you can find it.  They will make it legal by publishing it in the Sutton Guardian, if you get access to a copy or find the paper online. 

Is any real effort made on behalf of the community? No.

Oh – the single use plastics – you’ll be pleased to know that the coffee machines in the meeting rooms have been replaced by flasks.  And bullying – an even bigger farce.

Anti Bullying Week was 12th-16th November 2018 and this coincided with a Full Council where there was unanimity amongst the Councillors of every persuasion against bullying. For PR purposes, a pledge was produced on card – a bit like one of those winner’s cheques in competitions – and Councillors were invited to sign their name on the board.

The minutes of that Council meeting say that the pledge would show on Councillors’ individual profiles on the Council website.

I am not into political PR and declined to sign – the board, well that could be seen leaning up against a wall in the Members’ Area in the Civic Offices, apparently as an invitation to sign it.

Did the Council put the pledge on Councillor profiles – with their normal inimitable efficiency they did so on 10th June 2019 – 7 months later – to coincide with follow up training on the issue. 

At the end of that training session, I observed that the exclusion of anti bullying references on some Councillor’s profiles inferred their support of bullying and was counter intuitive as many of those Councillors who had the pledge on their profiles had not even attended the training.

Immediately I was surrounded by a hectoring collection of Lib Dem Councillors telling me I only had to sign the pledge.  History records all sorts of unpleasant organisations that sought similar compliance!

Anyway, I have since made my point vociferously to Committee Services and suggested that they remove the “Pledge” with its signatures from the debris of the Members’ Area to a  to a public display – maybe in the main entrance alongside the picture of all the Councillors so that residents can compare their actions, say on parking issues, with the words!

But we are keeping focussed on what our residents tell us – the new bus service – Go Sutton – isn’t a lot of good because it doesn’t Go Beddington! That is unlike the X26 that at least goes through Beddington, we are still lobbying to get it to stop there!

We continue to battle on behalf of Highview Residents and pupils of Carew Manor – if the London Borough of Sutton had done the job they were supposed to do and conducted a proper search for the BEST site for a SEN school there would be a Plan B.  There isn’t one, according to LBS, they will have to stay at Carew Manor if they cannot move to Sheen Way!

The Planning Application submitted has not yet even been validated and LBS have let down Orchard Hill Trust, the staff and pupils of Carew Manor, the Department of Education who have committed funds and of course (as always) the residents.

A good start on Beddington Farmlands – finally appointed as Chair of the Conservation and Access Committee, I have proposed inclusion of community members to the group and we have a road map to measure progress.  The support of Councillor Jillian Green on that committee is another bonus voice for the people of Beddington.

Beddington Farmlands Restoration Roadmap

Frustrations?   Still no sign of the TMO to ban lorries in Beddington Village although we now have a very pretty bit of signwriting on the wall outside the Village Hall to ensure that you know where you are!

Interesting how the Council can suspend the TMO process when it suits them – bet they won’t delay on the Parking!

Sadly the next meeting of the BNNF clashes with Full Council so you will miss our smiling faces but we will prepare proper reports to keep residents up to date.

Keep in touch – full contact details are on the Council website

Bin it for Beddington

And it will be Bonkers in Beddington Lane

“Bonkers” describes the outcome of the Planning Committee on the application by Prologis to build a warehouse in front of the incinerator.

No problem with the design, the concept but rather the usage proposed because it will deliver more HGV and LGV traffic onto Beddington Lane.  As we have already identified, another huge application will shortly be up for consideration with SUEZ looking to transfer their operations from the ecological disaster area they have left in Mitcham over to Beddington Lane.

Croydon Council have already tabled their concerns on that application, concerns that had been placed on the planning portal for the Prologis application.

And the GLA had tabled their own concerns and the permission is subject to their ratification.

A little background to this application – Thames Water owned the land that was designated Metropolitan Open Land (MOL). Well known property agency Saviles lobbied the Planning Inspectorate to re-designate the land for industrial use and this was incorporated in the Local Plan.  The only Councillor involved with that process was the Lead Member for Planning, Cllr Jayne McCoy, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrat Council.

We were approached by Prologis immediately on our election in May 2018 but declined to get involved as we had concerns over the project and did not want to influence any subsequent planning application.

At the Planning Committee last week, when the applicant was given opportunity to speak a number of people stepped up – Prologis representatives including a Director, their Transport Consultant and a representative of their agency – Saviles!

During their speeches, the Director of Prologis emphasised that they had not had any part in the re-designation of the site which I questioned saying that my understanding was that Saviles had lobbied the Planning Inspectorate. After a moment’s embarrassed silence, the young lady from Saviles said “That wasn’t us, if was another branch acting for Thames Water.” I observed that it must have been “the other Saviles”.

In spite of the flawed traffic plan, the concerns of the London Borough of Croydon and the impassioned objections of Cllr Mattey the plan was approved with the majority Lib Dem representation on the Committee all voting in favour.

My concern over this over-rides the obvious – it is the number of people impacted who live and work in this Borough who use Beddington Lane and who understand its inadequacy of a thoroughfare.

And if that wasn’t enough – a letter was issued this week by Highways – you will recall the promise to put a 7.5 tonne limit on Hillyers Lane/ Beddington Lane through Beddington Village – go on, you remember the removal of the traffic light controlled crossings, the new road markings etc?  Well it is still “in consultation” as the letter shows.

It is my intention to voice my ongoing concerns about the planning to the GLA but please, if you live in the area, use Beddington Lane or are just concerned for the health and welfare of those who live and work in the surrounding area, make your concerns heard on the application for the SUEZ development – application DM2018/01865:

Some Progress on Beddington Farmlands

Since our election last year, Cllr Green and myself have been pushing for information and progress on the Conservation and Access Management Committee (CAMC).

The CAMC was established to have oversight of the restoration of the landfill site at Beddington and its formation was a Planning Condition for the incinerator.

After some tough meetings with LBS Planning as well as correspondence with Viridor Managing Director, Phil Piddington, yesterday saw an “extraordinary meeting of the CAMC” with Dan Cook, Group Head of Sustainability for Viridor’s parent company, Pennon, in the Chair.

Pleased to say that we put the position forward very clearly and, as Councillors, we were looking to future access and development of the Farmlands as an asset and emphasising that a level of trust had been lost and needs to be restored – most demonstrably by progress.

A road map to help measure that progress was put in front of us:

Beddington Farmlands Restoration Roadmap

We then went on a brief tour of the site and saw the new bird hides under construction that will be accessible when the Permissive Path becomes useable when SDEN’s builders finish.

Bird Hides on Beddington Farmlands

Just a note on that Permissive Path – a question was asked at Local Committee on Tuesday evening about cycle use and we are pleased to confirm that it is being adapted for exactly that use!

The next meeting for the CAMC has been set for June 13th and we will publish timely minutes of all future meetings together with action points.


Sheen Way Playing Fields Some Thoughts From Councillor Jillian Green

Councillor Jillian Green Highview Resident and Champion for Sheen Way

Okay, hands up who attended the debacle of a consultation at The Change Foundation last Thursday?  Were you as disappointed as me in its organisation?   Councillors had warned the organisers, I assume Kier, to expect at least 400 residents from the High View Estate let alone parents, children, teachers and other interested parties so they put it in a small hall which became so crowded you couldn’t get near the display boards, so noisy you couldn’t hear yourself think and each table staffed by a youngster who had no knowledge of anything and couldn’t answer any questions. This was certainly not my idea of a public consultation, was it yours?

A proper public consultation in my view is where you visit a, let us say, large hall, with the displays round the walls and audience seating in the middle.  At a certain time the audience takes a seat and faces a panel of “experts” who can answer all the questions put to them.


Forgive me if I am cynical but I have asked for copies of all the questionnaires as I don’t trust the “independent” body responsible for collating it and publishing the data.  Whether as your democratically elected Councillor I get to see them is anybody’s guess but I will press them again.

I am sure someone said that a leaflet would be coming round with a link to a website where those who did not attend could leave their comments.  Well I’ll go the foot of our stairs, we got one today (Sunday) but it seems it was not put round all the houses on the High View Estate.  Tim Foster who lives off Croydon Road got one.  I will definitely be contacting Keir and Department for Education tomorrow.  I might even send them a copy of this blog!! 

I was approached on Thursday by some parents who are angry that I am not supporting the project.  Phrases such as “you think it will lower the tone of your neighbourhood”, “why can’t families play in their back gardens”, “you only want it to walk your dog” and “it’s near Mellows” were levelled at me.

Let me make this very clear, I absolutely support the need for a new school but I think the children deserve better than being bussed into an estate with narrow streets and receiving their education next to a railway line, industrial units and residential housing is the wrong thing to do. Some parents do not wish their children to have to attend the proposed new school because of increased journey times and as one of the pupils said “Mum it looks like a prison”.

The children, staff and parents deserve a much better open site with easy access via roads and public transport.


Since July 2017 when I first got involved in this, I have vehemently opposed any form of development on the playing fields.  The developer who built the estate in the 1920s and 30s left the space for the residents of Highview Estate and their children and the only building allowed was a sports pavilion.

Sheen Way Playing Field is a flood plain, it takes water away from the houses that back on to it and the railway line and to build on it is madness.  The Council did not look specifically for another site because Councillor Jayne McCoy, Lead Liberal Democrat on Planning, decided through her task and finish group that it would go on Sheen Way.

Before I was elected, as a simple local resident, I went to the meeting where they agreed the lease, subject to planning.  Cllr. McCoy’s attitude to the residents was, as seems to be the Liberal Democrat mantra these days vis a vis the Controlled Parking Zone Strategy, one of utter contempt and we were told we will just have to get on with it.  Do they realise that they lost their two Lib Dem Councillors in Beddington North because of this attitude?

My concerns from Thursday are many including have the Council, DfE or Kier built into their budget compensation claims from those affected by noise, air pollution vibration and flood damage?  Have the Council considered reduction in Council tax for those seriously affected by this proposal i.e. the residents of The Chase, Capel Avenue, part of Godalming Avenue and Headley Avenue? We all know the Council wishes to get rid of polluting cars because they are concerned about air quality so I suppose part of this plan will be the single and yellow lines all over the estate but where are residents going to park? 

Have they considered that the children may be stuck in their vehicles for ages if the Purley Way is blocked and we are told they will not be able to come down Plough Lane and along The Chase.  Of course drivers will ignore this instruction if they have very upset pupils to deal with and they will then get tied up with the traffic from Highview Primary.

The thing that has upset me the most was seeing our elderly residents on Thursday evening crying because the stress and worry is destroying not only their quality of life but that of the whole estate.  The Liberal Democrats keep spouting they are a green Council but just pay lip service to their residents.  I promise you all this, seeing my neighbours in tears because of this ill conceived and ill thought out plan I and my fellow Councillors will fight this with every means at our disposal.

Reviewing the Constitution

In amongst the excitement of the Planning Committee and the Pre-Application Consultation on the Sheen Way Playing Fields, I spent an hour with a Council appointed consultant who is conducting a review of the Council’s Constitution.

Concerned residents will already have come across the vagaries on this document whether attempting to address the Local Committee about Sheen Way or Full Council about the Parking Strategy.  “Standing Orders” are quoted and open debate denied whereas the real objective of any Constitution should be to protect the integrity of the whole process of local government.

But where Moses needed just 10 Commandments – the London Borough of Sutton needs nearly 250 pages and then does not do the job properly.

For example, with the recent increases in Councillor Allowances – 5 leading members of the ruling Liberal Democrat group receive in excess of £30,000 per annum where the base allowance is just £11,164.  Are there proper job descriptions in the Constitution, performance and attendance criteria?  No, just some very loose guidelines.

And why bury the Nolan Principles of Public Life on the back pages – these should be the very foundation of our Constitution?

BUT I am pleased to say that communities are beginning to understand that they cannot leave things to chance.  But beware of how the system can be turned back against that “people power”.

Up at St Helier, the hotbed of the movement established to counter the ill conceived and appallingly administered Parking Strategy.  The residents, brilliantly lead by Sandra Ackland appear to have forced a rethink.  I say appear, because the content of that “rethink” comes in the form of a Lib Dem Focus Leaflet together with emails from Cllr Abellan, Cllr Andrew and even Cllr Dombey.

They have even had Tom Brake out delivering the leaflet and it invites opinions from residents to be returned to the Lib Dems.

But please note – all of this is done in the name of the Lib Dems NOT the London Borough of Sutton.

When the Beddington North Focus Group emailed residents on the Highview Estate saying that they could only support the building of a SEN school if access came through Morrissons – I wrote to Cllr Dombey and asked if this reflected a new policy.

She stated that this was just the view of the local Liberal Democrat Group!  But it did not stop Tom Brake MP repeating the claim to another resident via email!

And talking of Tom Brake, he was one of four senior Lib Dems to put in an appearance at Cricket for Change last Thursday for the presentation of outline plans for a new SEN school that they wish to impose on Highview Residents on the former Playing Fields at Sheen Way.

With Lib Dem Councillors from as far afield as Worcester Park, the local MP and the prospective Conservative candidate for Mr Brake’s seat – this is clearly not just another plan, it is a political hot potato.

When you consider that Orchard Hill run Carew Manor because of the appalling OFSTED report when the London Borough of Sutton ran it, that would flag a concern.

Sutton Guardian – Thursday 25th April2019


But add to that the 2018 report by OFSTED that found “significant areas of weaknesses” in the SEND services provided by the Council and now the ongoing battle about the EHCP process, it explained the attitude of some of the parents from Carew Manor School who felt that the Council just did not want to invest in SEN schooling.

“They will build new primary and secondary schools but we have to wait for the DoE to fund us.”

We believe that those involved from the Department of Education, the contractors Kier as well as those Councillors bussed in to support the plan were left in no doubt as to both the passion of the local residents and the irrational nature of a plan to construct a Special Needs School at the end of a narrow cul de sac, just 12 metres from a railway line and on a flood plain.

As for traffic – a quick calculation shows if the school becomes operational, twin daily peaks of over a half kilometre of traffic feeding in and out of the site.

When discussing the plan with the previous Chief Executive, he described the plan as “Bonkers” and even his bête noire, Cllr Mattey would surely have agreed with him!

Councillor Mattey – An Environmental Champion

Beddington North – It’s Not Too Late to Get Involved

If you wondered why you were in traffic jams in the past week or so the end of the tax year meant that for most major organisations, 2019/20 budgets come into play.

How might that affect us in Beddington – well, the Beddington Lane Improvement Scheme will swing into its next phase and we will be blessed with the temporary disruption that will bring!

Recently, we Councillors were invited to a briefing by National Grid about “The Beddington to Rowdown Cable Replacement Project”.  I have to say, we approached with some level of trepidation but were very impressed with their planning and the minimal level of disruption it will involve.


They will be introducing heavy cables (50 tons per kilometre!) at Rowdown (near New Addington) through existing tunnels to Beddington.  The only activity we will see at the Beddington Lane end is 2 – 3 HGV deliveries a week of steel to their base next to Wickes.

They have a dedicated Community Relations Team working on the project available 7 days a week, 7.00am – 7.00pm on 0800 0731047.

Thumbs up to National Grid for their planning and their pro-active communications!

However, it is not all good news for users and residents of Beddington Lane – Planning Committee on Wednesday will see the proposal from Prologis for warehousing on the site in front of the incinerator.

That new buildings will hide the incinerator and that is about the only good thing about this development – because it is all about logistics companies and transport. Access to and from the plant will be the incinerator access road and the roundabout – of course that will mean more traffic on Coomber Way and more heading north over Mitcham Common.  If Croydon North’s MP thought things were bad now, he ain’t seen nothing yet!

And don’t forget, we still have that other little matter of an application by SUEZ – whether you are philosophically opposed to a plant making incinerator fuel from waste, 24-hour working and 700 vehicle movements a day may tick you off.

Councillor Mattey has already put in an objection to the SUEZ application and from my seat on the Planning Committee,I will be posing some questions – but everyone needs to be aware of what is happening in Beddington North.

The Council is determined to railroad their plans for Beddington Lane, for taking SEN children out of the park and putting them next to the railway on Sheen Way and we haven’t yet had the pleasure of their thoughts on parking!

The Sutton Independent Residents will keep fighting on your behalf but make sure that you all get involved and have your say at:

Planning Committee is on Wednesday 24th April at 7.30 pm in the Civic Centre

Sheen Way Pre-Planning Presentation at Cricket for Change in Plough Lane 4.00pm – 8.00pm – just drop in anytime between those times on Thursday 25th April

Local Committee at the Croygas Sports Club on Mollison Drive 7.00pm on Tuesday 30th April.

Reflections on Democracy

Now the dust has settled on the By-Election in Wallington North, it is perhaps time for a little reflection on what it all means.

The Liberal Democrat candidate won and there may be celebrants of that fact but I cannot be one of them – not because of the faults, foibles or anything else surrounding the candidate or his party but rather that just 2,726 people turned out to vote – just 31.36% of the electorate.


Politicians of all parties appear to have accepted, even embraced this apathy because they can win a seat by polling less than 12% of the vote.  With the encouragement of postal voting, it means that a well organised minority party can virtually win before polling day – the identity of the person on the ballot paper or their abilities are an insignificant part of the equation.

We have seen plenty of this at a National level with the fools in Westminster – the most sinister impact on all of us if we respond to this in the wrong way, in other words with the levels of apathy shown locally.

We need involvement, we need commitment and anyone following the local saga of the London Borough of Sutton’s Parking Strategy will know that we need to make ourselves heard. 

Sandra Ackland and her team are in the process of delivering 46,000 leaflets in those areas where residents are already realising that the steamroller of Liberal Democrat disdain for democracy and residents’ opinions is already in evidence.

It is going to affect everybody who owns a car or a van – or needs to provide care visits or even earn a living.  Get informed – Get Involved – Get Vocal.

Wallington By-Election Today – Make Sure That You Have Your Say

This morning, the Polling Stations in Wallington North are already open and some of you will have cast your votes early – postal voters even earlier!

There is a full turn out of candidates – Conservatives, Green, Labour, Liberal Democrat, Independent, UKIP and Christian Alliance – I only hope that they are matched by an equally enthusiastic electorate!


Because it is your chance to have your say – it doesn’t matter what your motivation is, it may be that you are fed up with something Nationally like the NHS or Brexit.  Or maybe you are fed up with the current administration locally – there are probably enough reasons for both.

Why should I bother – it won’t change anything?

You’re right, if you don’t bother, nothing will change – the current crop of politicians depends on voter apathy.  Right now, thousands of residents in St Helier and the Wrythe are forming action groups about the current Parking Strategy because every household that did not reply to the questionnaire from the Council was taken as approving it.

If you think everything in your world is just right, stay at home – it’s what they want.  If you want to see some changes, then please, please get out and cast your vote – obviously I’d prefer to see that vote for the Independent candidate, Gervais Sawyer, but more than anything, I want to see people getting involved and voting.


Councillor Jillian Green Highview Resident and Champion for Sheen Way

As I start to write a glance out of the window shows signs of spring, daffodils, hyacinths and tulips growing happily together in the garden truly a sign of hope for the coming summer.  On 3rd May I will have been a Councillor for one year.  I hope during that time I have done a fairly good job of putting residents and their concerns first and in the main I have enjoyed it.  However, it saddens me very much that, in my opinion, politics and tribalism is ruining the way the Council operates.

I personally believe there is no place in running a local council with such behaviour.  Am I being naïve in wishing that the majority and opposition parties put aside their party politics and make the residents of the London Borough of Sutton their focus?  My inaugural remarks at a Council meeting said as much and probably this is what has made me a target of one or two Councillors who have accused me of doing things I have not done.  It shocks me that I cannot get an apology from either of them but I guess I will just have to harden my shell and accept that for some Councillors the truth does not matter.

I see on Facebook there have been many comments about Councillors expenses.  I have never made a secret of the fact I believe Councillors should receive a basic allowance.  I was stunned when I discovered how much it was as I thought it would be lower.  Yes, I accept it but in the light of honesty and transparency I use it for expenses relating to my Council duties and donations to charities dear to my heart.

I also believe that the amount of money paid to those who have extra duties is too high and I was shocked to read on social media someone I held in high esteem thought the chairs of various committees should receive higher allowances otherwise “you would get people who were unable to do the job”.

Quite insulting I thought as many people work in the NHS on low pay because they want to make a difference.  All of the facts about allowances can be checked on the Council web site as well as checking how many meetings a Councillor attends so anyone can see if their Councillor is offering value for money.

A reason to vote Independent

I think in light of comments aimed in my direction I need to clarify my position as an Independent Councillor.  I am not tied to a political party or a political doctrine and am not subject to a party whip or pressure from a party leader.  I make up my own mind on whether to vote for or against something or in fact abstain.  My motto is “is this the right thing for the people of Sutton?”

Thursday 28 March sees the by-election in Wallington North.  There has been much comment on Facebook about it.  I hope voters will look in detail at the Independent candidate as the more Independents sitting on the Council the better in my view.  We need to stop the stranglehold of the two party system in Sutton.  Yes, voters are fed up with the leaflets slagging each other off but to make a difference one has to step around all this and look at the candidates.

Gervais Sawyer, in my view, is a great candidate because he is measured in his approach to things, has great vision and like me will put the residents he represents first and not be “whipped” into line.  I do feel it is important for the electorate to use their vote in Wallington North tomorrow.

May I wish everyone a happy Easter.

Best wishes


Council Tax and Organising Your Household Budget

There have been questions asked about Council Tax and many people, myself included, have yet to receive official notification of their commitments for 2019/2020.  There are rumours that the delay is due to next week’s Wallington North by-election but the information is all on line!

Of course you can register for and pay your Council Tax on – in fact the Council Tax payment system is the most visited part of the website!  But I looked up the detail today and these are the published figures for this year’s Council Tax:

Council tax bands and amounts due

Percentage Increase 2.99% 2.00% 8.90% 5.71%
Council tax band Range of values (£) Sutton Council (£) ASC Precept (£) GLA Precept (£) Total Council Tax (£)
A Up to 40,000 850.01 65.86 213.67 1,129.54
B 40,001 – 52,000 991.67 76.85 249.29 1,317.81
C 52,001 – 68,000 1,133.33 87.83 284.9 1,506.06
D 68,001 – 88,000 1,275.00 98.81 320.51 1,694.32
E 88,001 – 120,000 1,558.34 120.76 391.73 2,070.83
F 120,001 – 160,000 1,841.66 142.73 462.96 2,447.35
G 160,001 – 320,000 2,125.00 164.68 534.18 2,823.86
H More than £320,000 2,550.01 197.61 641.02 3,388.64

NOTE: The Adult Social Care precept (£98.81 for band D) combines the amount charged in 2016-17 (£23.27), 2017-18 (£24.20), 2018-19 (£25.17) and 2019-20 (£26.17).

If you are in any doubt as to which Band you fall into – just go to where you can fill in your post code and it will identify your Council Tax band.