Wickhambrook Parish Council

Crime Updates

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Wickhambrook Parish Clerk Reports

Below are listed various Reports from the Parish Clerk.

Events and News

Annual Parish Meeting
Thursday 18th May

Everyone is invited to the Annual Parish meeting Thursday 18th May held in the MSC Pavilion starting at 7.30pm. Please see poster for details.


Adobe pdf document Parish Council Agenda


Adobe pdf document Estates Committee Agenda

Adobe pdf documentVehicle Activated Signs (VAS) Report

Adobe pdf document Devolution Notes from County Cllr Mary Evans

read Parish Council Minutes and Reports

read Parish Clerk Reports

readCommunity Action Suffolk news

LIT PIC
Wickhambrook Summer Litter Pick - 9th July

Can you spare an hour or so to improve the look of your village? Meet at Wickhambrook MSC car park at 10am. Hazard jackets, rubbish sacks and grab sticks provided (see poster)



SPRING LITTER PICK
Many thanks to everyone who turned out this morning, Sunday 5 March, and I am sorry that we had cancelled the event on health and safety grounds due to the bad weather. It was actually a much calmer day later but too late for our decision making. A re-scheduled date will be published in the usual way but thank you again for your support.
Sonya Thorburn
Parish Clerk


Facebook - for more news and information, please visit our Parish Council Facebook page


Mary Evans

Cllr Mary Evans
News and Information

General news and latest information from Cllr Mary Evans on County Council affairs and general matters - take a look


Parish Council meetings in 2017

All Parish Council meetings are held, once a month, on Thursdays at 7.30 pm in the MSC Pavilion (at the rear of the Main Hall). Any member of the public can attend any meeting.

Dates for 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 19 Jan, 23 Feb, 30 March, 27 April, 25 May (Annual Parish Council), 29 June, 27 July, 31 Aug, 28 Sept, 26 Oct and 30 November. Annual Parish meeting Thursday 18 May 2017

Estates Committee meetings in 2017

All Estates Committee meetings are held on Thursdays of every second month in the MSC Pavilion. Any member of the public can attend.

Dates for 2017 are as follows:
Thursday 9 Feb, 13 April, 8 June, 10 Aug, 12 Oct and Monday 4 December

Keep up to date with Parish matters by reading the Parish Council notice board at Thorns Corner, looking at Wickhambrook website, making use of the Wickhambrook page on Facebook or by reading the Parish Council notes in the 'Scene'. If you need any further information contact any councillor (details on neighbouring notice) or the Clerk on 01440 821861 or parishclerk@wickhambrook.org.

Village Notices

Bury Road playground
The small playground on Bury Road in the Clopton area has been the responsibility of Havebury Housing. Havebury does not have the expertise within the organisation to check and maintain the play equipment on a regular basis and have suggested that the small fenced area be gifted to the Parish Council.

New equipment, swings, a rocker cum see saw and safety tiling, has been installed and a RoSPA certificate has been issued. The handover will take place in the near future.

We need someone who lives locally to inspect the area on a regular basis, say once a week, and note if there is anything of concern. If that person is willing to give a verbal report at the Estates Meeting, held on a Tuesday every second month, so much the better. The next meetings are on 10th April and 12th June. Monthly playground inspections will be carried out by Borough staff and an annual visit will be made by an independent professional. Any volunteers? Please contact the Parish Clerk on 01440 821861 if you are willing to give it a try.


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Current Report - 18 March 2011

Council Tax Bill 2011/12

You will have recently received your Council Tax Bill for 2011/12 and an explanation of the Annual Calculation. Within the box at the top right of the covering page is a list of the percentage increases of various councils and the Police Authority. In particular there is the information that your parish council rates have risen by 23.7% whereas all other rates have remained at the 2010/11 level.

The Parish Council has been asked to provide an explanation.

The Parish Council will normally spend around £25,000 per annum on the upkeep of the village and almost all of this will come from the precept. The precept request for 2011/12 was for £31,000. In round figures this gives an increase of £6,000, which is the 23.7% increase referred to in the Council Tax Bill.

Why does the Parish Council need an extra £6,000?

There is a possibility of an election on May 5th. If an election is necessary it could cost up to £1,750. This amount is stipulated by the Borough and must be included in the budget. If not needed i.e. if there is the same number of councillors as there is vacancies, this money will remain unused and will be carried forward and offset against the precept demand for 2012/13. The Parish Council notice board at Thorns Corner is deteriorating fast and will need replacing in the next couple of years. The likely cost is £2,000. £1,000 has been put aside to go towards eventual replacement. The remaining £3,250 will help in the refurbishment of the Children's Playground. This will replace the amount taken from the reserve fund for playground replacement, spent on maintenance of the existing equipment to enable it to have a few more years of life while funds are raised for the replacement of the whole.

It is worth noting that the higher authorities have received additional Government funding to encourage a zero increase; parish councils have not had this luxury.

There are plans to bring in 'capping' of parish councils from next year, likely followed by a devolvement of some services to parish council level, therefore it is wise to have a solid financial base before this happens. Hopefully this year's increase will be seen as 'good housekeeping'.

Members' of the Parish Council are fully aware that our existence is funded by our own community. We are prudent with our expenditure whilst continuing to retain our level of service, however we would not wish to see that eroded by forthcoming changes and have taken a difficult decision to mitigate this. It was felt that a £9 per year, less than £1 per month, increase on a Band D property was acceptable and believe that overall the services we provide for less than £1 a week per household represents good value for money.

Parish Clerk

Previous Reports

General Information

Correspondence for the Parish Council should be sent to
Serendipity
Coltsfoot Green
Wickhambrook
Newmarket
Suffolk. CB8 8UW.
(if you wish to correspond directly with one of the Parish Councillors, then please contact the Clerk for details).

POTHOLES - VERGES AND HEDGES
The Parish Council invite you to report problems such as potholes, verges and hedges.

Documents
- Annual Return for 2015/2016
- Asset Register 2016-17
- Audit Conclusion Notice 2015/2016
- Budget 2017-2018 plus 2016-2017 actuals
- Complaints Procedure
- Financial Regulations
- Financial Risk Assessment
- Financial Standing Orders
- Financial Statement with comparisons 2016-2017
- Freedom of Information Scheme
- Policy for dealing with press and other media
- Policy for Training New Staff and Councillors
- Publication Scheme
- Standing Orders
- Standing Orders - Estates Committee
- Suffolk Local Code of Conduct for Members
- Twelve Month action plan for Wickhambrook Parish Council

Information to read from St Edmundsbury Borough Council
- Rural News
- Economic Development Services
- ARC Park and Ride Leaflet
- Boundary Committee News

Useful links and information