Edited extracts from the draft minutes of the Parish Council meeting held on 17th January 2019..
Meeting with PCSO
A useful meeting had taken place, attended by the Clerk, the Neighbourhood Wardens and Cllr Henly. The main topic was antisocial behaviour and police involvement/support.
Budget and precept for 2019/20
The Finance & Policy Committee recommendation to set an increase of 5% on last year’s per house charge was noted. The Chairman of the Finance & Policy Committee addressed Members on the basis for the recommendation.
The budget required to include provision of the Neighbourhood Warden scheme was realistically around £220,000, which would raise the precept by circa 8%. This included the one-off Neighbourhood Warden seed funding HDC would provide.
The Committee had not felt comfortable with that level of increase for residents whilst the Council held reasonably generous reserves. The proposal was, therefore, to limit the increase to 5% and meet the expected likely shortfall of around £6,000 from general reserves.
This would inevitably put pressure on the Council’s financial reserves and available funding for the Sports Pavilion refurbishment project. However, work was being done to secure other funding streams for the sports pavilion project such as S106 funds and potential investment via the District Council.
Following consideration, it was resolved to approve the budget and precept as recommended by the F&P Committee, resulting in a precept demand for the year ending 31st March 2020 of £214,079. This results in a Band D equivalent per house charge of £84.70 per annum, which represents a £4.03 p.a. or 5% increase on the previous year. Any resulting shortfall would be met from the Council’s general reserves.
Sports Pavilion rebuild
Knight, Kavanagh & Page Ltd (KKP) are handling the LFFP (Local Football Facility Plan) investment programme. KKP advise that the Pulborough project had been put into the draft LFFP plan but final deliberations were awaited and would involve national Football Association sign off before being ready for County FA to consider projects for delivery. Projects would then be delivered based on a priority scale. Agreed to arrange a meeting of the Sports Pavilion Working Group to evaluate the Sports & Social Club proposals and work on producing the business case.