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Minutes

 

 HOLNE PARISH COUNCIL

Minutes of Annual Parish Meeting
on 12 April 2016
in Holne Village Hall at 7.30pm

 

IN ATTENDANCE:         Cllr B Owen (Chairman), Cllr D Higman, Cllr Powell, Cllr Troake and 8 members of the public

CLERK:                        Suzanna Hughes

APM120416.01              APOLOGIES

APM120416.02              SPEAKER: MATT BARROW, ENGAGEMENT OFFICER, CONNECTING DEVON AND SOMERSET
The Chairman announced with regret that, due to unforeseen circumstances, the speaker, Matt Barrow was unable to attend the meeting.  It was hoped to arrange a future public meeting to which Matt Barrow would be invited.
                                   
APM120416.03              CHAIRMAN’S REPORT
                                   
I’d like to start with highlighting 2 goals to achieve for this coming year.  The first is to implement a pro-active and informative Holne Hub.  Tithe PC has a website – there is huge potential to utilise this for community benefit, to develop into a community noticeboard, to link to all the other Holne based community projects, such as Playpark and the shop.  Currently Suzanna, our clerk uploads PC minutes to the website, but it needs a manager, to be able to liaise with all the groups, to keep the website up to date with photos and details.  So we are looking for a website manager – it could be a really interesting role and help to develop IT skills.

The second is to fill the PC vacancy. This is not a scary role, nor are any previous skills or experience necessary. It’s a brilliant way to take an active part in village life and to get an insight into village workings and sometimes politics. It gives a chance to take part in village development, to maintain a sense of community and help influence positive changes. It does take several months to get into the role with the only request to attend the monthly PC meetings.

Achievements for this year

Lesser achievements

 

On the agenda for 2016

Finally, I would like to thank Suzanna our clerk very much for her efficient management and organising of the Council as always,  to the Councillors for all their help and support over the last year and to those undertaking accessory roles – tree and snow warden

APM120416.04              FINANCE REPORT
                                    A report was received from the Clerk:

                                    Balances held March 2016

                                    Current Account                                    £ 1,170
                                    Savings Account                                   £ 4,312
                                    Total                                                     £ 5,466
                                    ………………………………………………………….............................................................................. 

Grants Donated 2015/16

                                    Parish Link                                            £   60
RBL                                                      £   17
                                                     ___________                                                                                                                                                £   77
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Major Sources of Income 2015/16

                                    Precept & C. Tax support grant             £ 5,759
                                    VAT reclaimed                                       £     97
                                                                                        ___________                                                                                                                                                             £ 5,856

 

Grants received 2015/16

                                    County Cllr Community fund                  £500
                                    District Cllr Community fund                  £300
                                    DALC                                                   £216    

 

In terms of financial activity there is not a great deal to report.   By and large, the Parish Council has stuck pretty much to its budget and has managed its finance prudently resulting in a year end balance of £5,856.  This figure does include a sum of £800 kindly granted to use by our District and County Councillors towards the cost of purchasing a defibrillator.  So taking this figure out, we are left with just over £5,000 which is an adequate (though not excessive) contingency fund for the new financial year just started.

There have been two unbudgeted costs – the first to repair the granite clapper bridge behind the Church House Inn which cost £600 and the second an increase in the insurance to cover damage to the new play equipment which increased the premium by around £350. A new cost for 2015/16 was the grass cutting at playpark, previously undertaken by SHDC but now the responsibility of the Parish Council which is £540 per year.
 
The Parish Council has no major sources of income other than the precept and council tax support grant which last year totaled £5,759.  After careful consideration of the budget requirements for 2016/17, including the additional costs outlined above, the Parish Council has found it necessary to increase the precept for a second consecutive year.  The Parish Council has therefore demanded a sum of £6,747 for 2016/17 (compared with £5,566 in 2015/16).

The Parish Council continues with its annual repayments of almost £1,149 to the Public Works Loan Board but there is light at the end of the tunnel and with only two more payments to go, we will see the balance fully paid off by the end of this financial year.         
                       
APM120416.05              PUBLIC QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS

 

 
APM120416.06              CLOSE
                                    The Chairman thanked everyone for attending and closed the meeting at 8.00pm.

 

 

 

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                                    Cllr Belinda Owen                                                                                                                                             

 

 

 

 

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