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News from the Council Chamber – January 2019

These notes are from the latest Parish Council meeting in January and are intended to be an informal supplement to the official minutes which will appear in due course.

Library

The Parish Council have been working with the County Council library services and Friends of Milborne Port library to see if a community library partnership can be created to enable the library to continue once funding for the current library from SCC ceases in a few months time. Whilst there are several issues to resolve, all three parties are aligned in the desirability of making this happen and budgeting for it has been incorporated in the Parish Council budget for the next financial year.

Budgeting and Precept setting

As Parish Councils are asked to take on more activities that would otherwise fall to the county or district councils, it is inevitable that our costs will increase. We have limited the rise as much as possible for this coming year by drawing down on available surplus, and by leaving some items unbudgeted for, however, council voted to increase the precept which will mean that the band D council tax levied by the Parish Council will increase by approximately £14 per annum. A large proportion of this is to support the library.

Canadian Solar

Council agreed on the decision process for how to spend the substantial grant from Canadian Solar. Ideas for the use of these funds will be sought from residents of the village (a notice will be placed on boards, in the village magazine and on the news page of the community website).

Planning Appeal

The Parish Council were keen to remind residents about the appeal hearing on 22nd January regarding the planning refusal for land at the end of Station Road. The Parish Council will be present to make representations to the appeal hearing.

Parish Council Elections

The current Parish Council’s term of office comes to an end in May of this year and they would like to encourage residents to step forward and be considered for election. The Parish Council are keen to encourage a diversity of gender and age in the candidates. There will be more on this in coming months.

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