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ANNUAL REPORT 2016/17
List of Council Members and Officers (at 31 March 2017)
Caroline Middleton Chairman firstname.lastname@example.org 781631
Ian Wilson Vice Chairman email@example.com 781961
John Middleton firstname.lastname@example.org 781631
Allan Ross email@example.com 781140
Kevin Simons firstname.lastname@example.org 781358
Clerk – Mrs Julie Friell email@example.com 781539
Parish Council Web site – www.hanningtonparishcouncil.org
Another year rolls by for the Parish Council and I would like to thank all the current members for stepping up to be councillors who work on a voluntary basis, giving their valuable time for the improvement of the village.
A huge mention as always is a big thank you to Julie Friell our Clerk for all her continued hard work and commitment again this year. Her organisational skills, patience and detailed knowledge ensure the Parish Council works effectively and efficiently and we would struggle without her input and guidance on rules and regulations.
Since the last APM, we saw John Middleton step down as Chairman, the departure of Michael Briggs and Elaine Gill whom we thank for their contributions to the Parish Council. We remain left with two vacancies and despite much advertising these seats remain sadly unfilled, being a Parish Councillor is a fulfilling role, ensuring the interests of the village are kept in focus.
Reviewing the action points set out for the year.
The Neighbourhood Plan for Hannington progresses slowly, this is something that needs to be thought through to ensure that everything is covered and will take time to finalise and be approved.
We also need to say a huge thank you to those involved in the Village Litter Pick on Saturday 22nd April. Also, a thank you to Kevin Simons who not only walks our footpaths on a regular basis, also picks up a huge amount of litter. Ian Wilson continues to keep the never-ending task of weeds at Mallards Wood and the Allotment bank being kept at bay. Our thanks go to both him and his wife, Kate who devote a huge amount of time to the village. Thanks also to Graham Martin for taking care of the VAS sign, re locating, changing batteries and assisting Julie with downloading the information it gathers.
Grant funding for this year is as follows;
There is £800 currently allocated in the precept for grants to be split between the Church and the Village Hall,
Thank you to County Councillor Judy Shephard and District Councillor Ann Carter for their contributions to the work of the Parish Council.
Looking forward to 2017/18. We will focus on the following issues.
To continue pushing forward with the Neighbourhood Plan for Hannington
The 2016/17 accounts will be approved by the Parish Council at its’ meeting on 2 May. The Internal Audit was carried out on 27 April with “no issues have been disclosed”. The External Audit is due to take place on 24 July. A copy of the unaudited Accounting Statements and the Annual Governance Statement will appear alongside the “Period for the Exercise of Public Rights” notice from 27 June, on the notice board, for a period of 30 working days and will end on 7 August 2017, together with a summary of Electors Rights
The general bank account balance at 31 March 2017 was £9,627.
The general fund has decreased by £180 over the previous year. This figure still falls within the best practise parameters of between 1 and 1.5 times the level of the precept - it is essential that it is maintained at this level for any future contingencies.
2016/17 saw actual expenditure of £8,263 against a budget of £7,889 – the precept being £7,250 and the balance coming from reserves. Income received in addition to the precept totalled £832 - £350 NCC Empowering Local Council Grant, £332 Allotment rent, £74 vat refund and £76 NCC grass cutting grant. Monies were spent on grass cutting (£2,040), £500 reimbursement to NALC of bursary sent in error in March 2016, grants to the Church (£400) and Village Hall (£400). There was an overall increase in spending of 14% on electricity due to the Parish Council taking over the responsibility for the street light in Limes Trees Close and a small price increase, which had not been forecast. Against this there were no monies spent on the allotments and pocket park (£100). A copy of the accounts will be included in the Annual Report that will be distributed with the June Hannington Life.
The precept for 2017/18 has remained the same as the previous year. The Parish Council has precepted £7,250 from Daventry DC but will be using £1,103 from reserves.
HANNINGTON PARISH COUNCIL
RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS SUMMARY YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2017
The Parish Council held the following Community Assets valued at original purchase cost or best guesstimate at 31 March 2017.
Street Lights/waste bins
Information & notice board
Vehicle Activated Sign
BT Telephone Kiosk
Base for village sign
Data Collection Unit
Allotments – nominal value
Recreation land – nominal value
Pocket Park – nominal value
Village Sign – nominal value
Street Light – Limes Trees Close
Page Last Updated - 13/06/2017
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