The weather may have been a little warmer of late and the appearance of daffodils show that spring is on its way. In a few days time, that other spring event occurs, the delivery to your home of the annual council tax bill. And when you open that, you may get a reminder of the recent winter temperature. Why? Because Castle Point Council has frozen council tax this year, so you will not have to pay any more for the range of services we provide than you did last year. And in addition most of the other authorities for whom we collect tax have also frozen their charges. The amounts paid to Essex County Council, Essex Fire Service and Canvey Town council have not risen. Only Essex Police have put in for a small increase.