Currently, the Council are considering the Budget for 2019 – 20. The Council try to avoid increasing the Precept if it can be avoided.
The Council need to predict the expenditure for the following year, and make sure that essentials are covered.
If there is surplus money, that is used on ‘special projects’. Last year, the Children’s Playground was considered a priority, and the year before, the Council managed to renovate the Pill Pond in West Burton so that there is now a pond which had disappeared. It is now a beautiful area on the Literary Trail enjoyed by walkers and dog walkers.
The year we are planning for now, work is planned for further renovations in the Village Hall, and possibly a car park and better entrance for the Cricket Ground. These are still being discussed.
Planning issues are dealt with throughout the year, and a subcommittee discusses the applications as the Parish Council Comment in needed within a short time frame. The comment is agreed with all members of the Council before being sent off.
Maintenance is clearly less during the winter when growth is minimal, but there are still problems maintaining the safety of the footpaths and bridleways.
Winter Maintenance for roads (other than the A29 that is the responsibility of Highways) are the responsibility of the Parish Council. Of course, it is difficult to judge how bad the weather is going to be. We have no idea when will the ‘Beast’ will arrive nor how long it will stay.
Join the Parish Council
This year is election year for the Parish Council in May. We would urge people to join the Parish Council. We have struggled with being non-quorate on occasions, and only have five Councillors at present and should have nine.
Our current Chairman is standing down after 10 years as a Councillor. The Parish Council are there to represent all Parishioners. The Council should have diverse Councillors from various parts of the Parish with opinions from different perspectives, in order to properly debate and decide on issues.
Clearly the more Councillor there are, the less the workload will be for everyone. Please consider joining the Council and perhaps come along to the meetings before the May election to see what goes on. We aim to make the workings of the Parish Council open to all.