The unapproved Minutes of the special PC meeting at which the precept was set for the financial year 2012/13 are listed in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
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At its meeting on 11th January, Bigbury Parish Council unanimously decided to hold the precept at last year’s level of £7600/annum for the financial year 2012/13.
A cutback of as much as 20% in the precept was considered because the Council has substantial reserves; although, in reality, such a cutback would only have resulted in a council tax reduction of several pounds per household. However, an argument was presented that, in the current economic environment, there are certain to be unprecedented unknown increases in local costs arising from cutbacks being made by both DCC and SHDC. In the view of Councillors, the parish needs to be in a position to absorb these costs to maintain services and facilities whilst also supporting worthy local initiatives.
At its December 2011 meeting, the Parish Council unanimously adopted the proposal that it would work towards attaining Quality Council status as a performance objective. What does this mean?
The Quality Parish and Town Council Scheme was launched in 2003 following the Government’s Rural White Paper, 2000 and updated in June 2008. The aim of the Scheme is to provide benchmark minimum standards for parish and town councils.
The Scheme offers a number of benefits, primarily, to the community that the parish council represents but also to the parish council itself and, secondarily, to the principal local authority in the area (SHDC in our case).
By working towards attaining Quality Council status, your parish council will be sending out the message that, in time, it is determined to reach certain minimum standards of performance expected of an active parish council, and to become a truly effective and worthy representative of its community.
What is a Quality Parish Council?
A Quality Parish Council:
- is representative of, and actively engages, all parts of its community, providing vision, identity and a sense of belonging;
- is effectively and properly managed;
- articulates the needs and wishes of its community;
- upholds high standards of conduct;
- is committed to work in partnership with principal local authorities and other public service agencies;
- in proportion to its size and skills, delivers local services on behalf of principal local authorities when this represents the best value for the local community;
- works closely with voluntary groups in its community;
- provides leadership to the community through its work on parish plans; and
- working with its partners, acts as an information point for local services.
The Quality Criteria
In order to achieve Quality Status, parish councils must demonstrate that they have reached the standard required by passing several tests. These involve:
- Electoral Mandate
- Qualifications of the clerk
- Council meetings
- Communication and Community Engagement
- Annual Report
- Code of Conduct
- Promoting local democracy and citizenship
- Terms and conditions
In several of these tests, Bigbury currently falls short of the mark and the new performance objective will involve all those serving the Council in a programme of personal training and development so that, as a council, “we do the right things and do things right”.
Site Preference Voting Slips have been included with all December’s copies of Bigbury News for parishioners from Bigbury to express their preferences for the three candidate housing sites. Anybody listed on the current Parish Electoral Register is eligible to vote and extra copies of the form can be obtained in the shops at StAnn’s Chapel, Bigbury Village and Bigbury on Sea (post office). Each form has a unique number to prevent duplicate submissions.
Please return your completed forms to one of the shops by January 15th 2012.
The Minutes of the meeting of 9th November are posted in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP.
They await approval at the December meeting of the council.
At the PC meeting of 9th November, 3 sites from the original 10 offered by landowners were selected by the Council for further evaluation for affordable housing under SHDC’s Village Housing Initiative (VHI). The 3 sites in question can be found on the maps posted on 11th September as 1) Hingston Farm – Cullen 2) Holwell Farm, field 6647 3636 – Hext 3) A Davies 3rd site (near farm).
The decision-making matrix and criteria can be found in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP along with a summary progress report of the VHI to date.
Minutes from the Parish Council meeting of 12th October 2011 are available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Bigbury Parish Council GROUP. They await approval at the November meeting of the council.
The Agenda for the PC meeting of 12th October is now available in the DOCUMENTS section of the Parish Council GROUP.