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Parish Precept Increase 2018/2019
At the Town Council meeting on 23rd January 2018 members decided to increase the Parish precept (which is collected as part of the Council Tax by DMBC) from £27,061 to £36,000. How much Parish precept individual households pay depends on which band (A to H) their house falls into. The average house is in Band D and therefore for most residents the increase will amount to 50p per month or £6 per year. The existing annual fee of £20.63 per household will go up to £26.59. This notice explains the background to this decision.
What the Precept is for
The Parish precept is meant to pay for services provided by the Town Council – street cleaning, litter bins, flower displays, the cemetery, the allotments, Wharf Street Play Area, Christmas and other events, and support to BARS (for the Memorial Sports Ground) and to other organisations. We also have to maintain and repair our property, and pay rates and utilities for them, and pay salaries to our Clerk and a small team of handymen.
Income and expenditure
Our budget for routine expenditure in 2018/19 is about £112,000. At £27,000 the existing precept would only cover a quarter of that; the rest paid largely by income from the car park and cemetery. During the current financial year, we’ve also had “non-routine” expenditure such as grant funding to BARS (for the new pavilion) and the new “Welcome to Bawtry” signs. To do that, we have had to raid our reserves. We want to continue to improve Bawtry, which means additional expenditure in the future – better flower displays, improved maintenance, the relocation of the War Memorial and further refurbishment of Market Hill. When full control of the car park reverts back to the Council in 2021 members may also want to “wind back” charges/charging hours, because retailers tell us they have damaged the town’s economy. This won’t be achievable if we remain over reliant on the present level of car park income at the expense of other income streams such as the precept.
This anomalous situation dates back more than 10 years. In 2007 the Council, determined to introduce parking charges on Market Hill, made a contract with Excel Parking to manage the car park. Council expenditure increased over time, and instead of increasing the precept, the Council increased parking charges and parking hours, culminating in the present regime of 08.00 to 22.00, seven days a week. The precept was left untouched, retained at artificially low levels not even keeping up with inflation. This policy resulted in the Council becoming financially dependent upon parking charges.
The present Council is determined to address this problem. We started last year, with a 10% increase in the precept. This year’s increase is 33%. These sound like big figures – but they are being applied to a very low base and therefore the impact upon households is also very small. The precept will still remain well below what many surrounding parishes and towns pay and who benefit from far fewer facilities.
If you want to see a detailed financial report regarding the budget this is posted on our website – www.bawtrytowncouncil.co.uk
Chair, Bawtry Town Council 26th January 2018
SYP Alerts launched by South Yorkshire Police
SYP Alerts will allow members of the public to sign up to receive free, tailored messages from the police via text, email and voice alert.
Initially, the messages will be sent by the Corporate Communications team but as training is rolled out across the force to Neighbourhood Policing Teams we will see local cops and PCSOs using it on a regular basis.
How does this differ from Twitter or Facebook?
South Yorkshire Police have an outstanding social media presence as a force but they can’t rely on that alone as there is an increasing demand for the public to be able to easily access information that is tailored specifically to their wants and needs. As such, the police need to ensure we have a variety of ways that people can get their information . SYP Alerts will allow officers to send messages to anyone registered in their area, but they will also be able to;
Instantly alert the public to critical incidents
Target messages to a specific street/area
Target messages dependent on information that the subscriber has given us i.e. vulnerable people, people who have said they have CCTV
Send out messages in different languages
Consult with the public
This system will replace the Neighbourhood Watch Confirmer system but will be available to any member of the public who wishes to sign up.
It is quick and easy to register at www.sypalerts.co.uk, requiring just name, address and email. Once signed-up, users can adjust the settings to suit their interests
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