Participatory Budgeting

Thanks to all who have submitted ideas for next year’s budget; there is still time to send your comments or drop a note in the box at the Village Shop. We will gather all the ideas and consider them (anonymously) at our next meeting on Monday 26 November from 7.30 pm in the Village Hall. There will be a public session in which people in the parish can respond to suggestions and suggest priorities, as well as give a steer regarding the level of precept that would be acceptable. All views are welcome and we encourage people to join us at the meeting and take part in the discussions.

Charlton Horethorne is a QUALITY Council

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that the national Local Council Award Scheme Accreditation Panel has awarded us Quality status.  We understand that the panel commended the application generally and made particular reference to the council’s website, our training record and the evidence of consulting the community. The panel also commended the schedule for implementing the recommendations in the Community Plan. It was impressed by the process for reaching the decision to decide whether to have a community plan or a neighbourhood plan and the actual Community Plan which was produced. The panel cited the setting up of the Community Land Trust with the aim of providing affordable housing and the ambition to include some employment units as a great achievement for the council. We are proud to say that the panel generally found the achievements of the council to be excellent, particularly given the size of the council, the clerk’s hours and the level of resources.

We feel that such an award and commendation is not just a recognition of what we have been trying to achieve as a parish council supported by our excellent clerk, but also a tribute to the people within the parish. There is a strong community feeling, a can do attitude and a terrific willingness to volunteer. Attendance at the parish council meetings and annual parish meeting have been impressive and we have welcomed the contributions people have made to the discussions. The 60% response rate to the Community Plan was exceptional and way above the average. The time that people have been willing to put in to making things happen to implement the resulting policies has been amazing, from the community speed watch to improve road safety through to the celebration of Feast Day as well as walks leaflets, finger post restoration, large membership of the community land trust board and the community spring clean.

The award lasts for four years, so we hope to maintain the level of Quality and support whoever is elected to form the parish council in the elections next May to sustain this approach.

Precept suggestion box in the Village Shop

The Parish Council is asking for your ideas to help with setting the budget for the 2019-20 financial year. What additional activities, facilities or projects would you like to see in the Parish? How much would you be willing to pay for them?

A band D property in the Parish of Charlton Horethorne currently contributes £21.80 per year to the Parish Council. Bands C, B, A and A- pay less, while bands E, F, G & H pay more.

A £5 per year increase on the band D charge would give an additional £587 for the Parish Council to spend in the Parish.

If you have any thoughts on how any additional funding could be spent, please put your ideas in the suggestion box in the Village Shop. Ideas will be reviewed at the next meeting on 26 November. We look forward to hearing from you.