Playing field – The recent Annual Play equipment inspection that we are required to have has highlighted several recommendations from simple tightening of fixings to the more complex replacement of rotten posts and rust treatment. The report has triggered the need for councillors to review their play equipment provision and consideration of repairs, replacement or removal will need to be carried out in the near future.
Council would be pleased to hear suggestions from users of the playingfield as to which items of equipment are favourites, which are under utilised and what people might like to see instead. This will give a great starting point to any review carried out next year.
Please let us have your thoughts on this by contacting any of your councillors or myself.
Planning – There were no applications for the Parish Council to consider in their capacity as statutory consultees on planning applications within the parish. The following decisions made by MSDC were noted. 2690/13 Erection of a porch, 10 Edmunds Road GRANTED
Local Affordable Housing Needs – We will be carrying out a Housing Needs Survey in the New Year. A questionnaire will be delivered to every house in the parish giving you a chance to put forward your views, needs and comments. All replies will be analysed by Suffolk Acre in the strictest of confidence, which will tell us if there is a need in Buxhall for Affordable Housing.
Look out for your questionnaire in the New Year
Budget - The November meeting brings a first look at next years budget and Councillors and the clerk start to look at the financial challenges for the next year. Using projected costs for essential services and the amount of reserves in the bank together with the wish list of residents, possible external funding and any future projects planned by the council we have to compile a budget for the year 2014 – 2015.
From this budget we establish a precept, this is the amount we ask Mid Suffolk District Council to collect each year as part of the Council Tax for us to meet our spending. Typically our spending includes insurance, litter and dog bin emptying, grass cutting, maintenance of parish assets, and donations to support village organisations and other charities who benefit our community.
Although the precept is our principal source of income the Parish Council can apply for other funding such as grants and funding awards to support local projects, but we do not receive funds directly from central government, unlike the district and county councils.
The Parish Council always welcomes suggestions, ideas, and comments about how they can serve the electors of Buxhall and we encourage you to come along to meetings, contact the clerk or any of the councillors. Let us know what you would like.
Issues and Problems - This months meeting saw no minor maintenance issues raised. However with the winter season approaching it usually brings with it more issues and I often have to report problems from potholes to broken footpath way markers and the District and County councils are very helpful with these sorts of problems and are quick to take action as long as they are made aware of the issues.
If you have any similar concerns or you see maintenance issues on your travels around the village please let me know and I will be happy to report them to the relevant local authority for consideration.
Alternatively you can easily report problems on the roads, like potholes, online using the Suffolk County Council website or contact customer services for Mid Suffolk District Council and Suffolk County Council on 0845 606 6067 they are usually very quick to help.
Best Wishes to everyone for a lovely Christmas and hope to see you at the next Parish Council meeting which will take place at 7.30 on Monday 20th January 2013.
Paula Gladwell, Tel: 01449 737942 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org