At the Council meeting on 26th June 2017 the Parish Council approved the financial reports for the year to 31st March 2017 which will now be sent off to the Council’s external auditors. A notice has been put up on the noticeboards which is to advise all electors in the parish of their rights to inspect the financial documents of the Council if they so wish by contacting the Clerk. The period within which they can do so runs until 11th August. Apart from a few unusual items of expenditure – mainly changing streetlights to LED lights, and undertaking a thorough hedge cutting exercise along the A355 – the Council operated within the budget it had set at the start of the year and still maintains a reasonable level of reserves.
Other items debated included a review of the open spaces the Council maintains.The Council has adopted a new tree policy which can be found with our other constitutional documents on this website.
Cllr. Home has agreed to become our Rights of Way representative on the County Council’s liaison group. A pressing issue for them is to establish formal rights of way where unregistered but well used local paths are being blocked. 2026 is the final date for registering new rights of way so it is important that if any parishioner feels strongly about this then they should get in touch with the Clerk as soon as possible. The only way to register a new right of way is by putting forward a robust case with a substantial number of witness statements and having a small working group to champion the issue. The Council is willing to lend its support to any such local cause.
One of the items which remains unresolved is whether to arrange for an electricity connection point to be run into Temple Dell. This could run to around £3,500 once all costs are accounted for. One advantage would be that Temple Dell could then become a safer hub for parish events such as the Carols on the Green event rather than Kingsway Green. However Councillors felt that any decision should be based on need. If you have a view on this or any other issue please let us know.
The minutes can be found on the Agenda and Minutes page in the Parish Council section of this website.