Minutes of the Annual Parish Meeting of Edwinstowe Parish Council held on Thursday 23rd May commencing at 6.30pm in the Council Chamber, Village Hall, Edwinstowe
Present: Cllrs Tattersall, J Peck, K Peck, Starbrook, Ayre, George, Cocking and Benson
Welcome by the Vice Chairman Dennis Tattersall
TO APPROVE THE MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL PARISH MEETING HELD ON MONDAY 30th APRIL 2012
Minutes were approved and signed by Cllr Tattersall
MATTERS ARISING FROM MINUTES
CHAIRMAN'S REPORT 2012/13
The Chairman's report was read by Cllr J Peck.
2012/13 was another very successful and proactive year. The Parish Council have worked tirelessly on behalf of the village. Parish, District and County Councillors all work together with common aims for the good of Edwinstowe.
Finances are in a very healthy position and we are gradually building up the reserve and stabilising the precept.
Edwinstowe Village News continues to be well received in the village with a variety of articles from a broad section of the community. We are currently working on issue number 6.
We have formal confirmation that we own, on a long-term lease, Jubilee Park (playing field adjacent to Friars Park) This is a facility for the whole of Edwinstowe to use and enjoy. After a successful bid to Nottinghamshire County Council's Local Improvement Scheme, we will be installing a skate park later this year.
RESPONSIBLE FINANCE OFFICER'S REPORT 2012/13
The Clerk read the following report:
The year ended within budget and with general reserves of £20k an increase to the budgeted figure of £15k. It is good practice for Parish Councils to hold the equivalent of 6 months precept in general reserves which for us is approximately £60k. It is vital that we build up our reserves especially as we now own the Village Hall.
Low levels of expenditure are maintained as most of the village maintenance is carried out by our Amenity Team and materials are recycled wherever possible.
Notable items of expenditure this year are: -
The Parish Council subsidise the hanging baskets on the High Street every year and also provide flags and bunting to make the area look festive and welcoming.
The Precept for 2013/14 set by the Parish Council will be £113,714, an increase of £1,126 from 2012/13 to cover increased costs. This is a 1% increase on the precept for 2012/13 and is therefore below the current rate of inflation (2.7%)
The situation with the precept for this year has been confused and confusing. In brief it would seem that Edwinstowe residents were charged with an additional £8,600 in order to protect against the net effect of adverse statutory changes in Edwinstowe's Council Tax. We will ringfence this amount to 'give back' to Edwinstowe residents when setting future precepts.
The Parish Council continues to work hard to give very good value, providing amenities and taking care of the village.
Cllr Tattersall proposed a vote of thanks to the Clerk for all her hard work over the past year.
13/005 DISCLOSURES OF INTEREST BY MEMBERS AND EMPLOYEES IN ITEMS ON THE AGENDA
REPORTS FROM COUNCILLORS
QUESTIONS FROM THE FLOOR
Meeting closed at 18.50pm
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