The Finance Working Group of the Parish Council met on the 2nd February to finalise the proposed budget and precept for 2018/2019.
We propose an increase in the precept from £32,500 to £34,000 for several reasons, not least to help meet the shortfall of future Hereford Council cuts. The grant for the Lengthsman scheme will stop at the end of March 2018 and the P3 Footpaths grant at the end of March 2019.
With new GDPR legislation due in 2018/2019, a new council including a number of new councillors, and a new clerk, the training budget has increased to support them all in understanding new legislative requirements, the work the council does and their part in that.
We are continuing to support the excellent work of the Village Infrastructure Working Group and the Lengthsman to maintain the village infrastructures, including the recreation grounds, public rights of way, drainage and signage and, with agreement from the full Parish Council and after confirming the legal and insurance implications, we will continue to fund some minor graded potholes to the standard we have been used to, as well as costs to help support our village halls and churches, and to maintain the defibrillators, parish clock and playground equipment.
We propose to present the draft budget to full Parish Council at the Parish Meeting on the 13th February so if you have any comments you would like to be considered, please forward them to the clerk via the contact sheet.