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Mr and Mrs Parks won their council tax paid for a year'Eastbourne'19/08/11'Alison Parks, Mayor, Nigel Parks and Lynne Forrest

Mr and Mrs Parks won their council tax paid for a year'Eastbourne'19/08/11'Alison Parks, Mayor, Nigel Parks and Lynne Forrest

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AN EASTBOURNE couple won’t have to worry about paying their council tax for a year after winning a prize draw

Alison Parks, 55, of Wordsworth Drive, and husband Nigel, 57, were presented with the prize on Friday (August 19) after entering a council competition in March.

Entrants were sent a leaflet with their main council tax bill advising that everyone who paid by direct debit, or who signed up for it, would be entered into a prize draw. One winner would have their council tax paid for this financial year, up to the value of a Band D property.

Alison, an executive PA, said, “We were so surprised to win and really couldn’t believe it at first.

“The day before our washing machine had blown up and we were in a bit of a panic so this will really help. As our daughter is getting married in April, this prize is a great boost.

“We already pay our council tax via direct debit as it is so much easier and you know the payments have been made.”

Councillor Carolyn Heaps said, “I am thrilled for Alison and Nigel.

“The more work we can do to encourage others to pay their council tax by direct debit the better as it keeps the cost of the council tax down for the taxpayers of Eastbourne, so everyone is a winner.”

Eastbourne Borough Council has seen an increase in the number of direct debit payments since January to 73 per cent in July.

This equates to 400 new direct debit payers as a result of this campaign alone.

A spokesman for the council said direct debit payments are the cheapest way of making payments and help customers into a regular cycle of payment which reduces the risk of falling into arrears in the future.

If you are interested in paying your council tax by direct debit, call 845 300 6715.