This quarter’s message in PPP from the Parish Council Chairman, Dave Nicholls
I’d like to wish all our residents a happy and prosperous 2019.
Each year the parish council has to agree our budget, which sets the precept for the coming financial year. We finalise it in January so it can be passed to AVDC, who then collect the precept as part of the council tax bill. This year, for the first time in over 10 years, we have had to make a noticeable increase. There are a couple of reasons why we have been able to keep the increase minimal up to now. Firstly, growth in the village masked any increases because the precept is shared across all households. Secondly, the council took the decision a few years ago to reduce our emergency reserves to an amount sufficient for 3 months of council business, which is the legal minimum allowed. In the intervening years, we have slowly used these reserves instead of increasing the precept, but they are now used up. For a Band D property the increase amounts to approximately £1.95 per month, which allows us to continue to deliver all services as we have before and accrue funds for longer term projects.
On another subject, at the end of 2019 the Parish Council will have existed for 125 years. We wish to put together some information on the history of the council. Councillors will be searching the county archives for interesting items but we would also like residents to let us know if they have any Parish Council related memories or documents that they’d like to share. If you have anything, please contact the clerk.