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THE BEAUDESERT & HENLEY-IN-ARDEN

JOINT PARISH COUNCIL


Working for the Benefit of the Residents of Henley-in-Arden


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The Joint Parish Council of Beaudesert and Henley-in-Arden pursues and implements policies that safeguard and enhance the environment of the town and promotes tourism and business. The Council encourages its residents to participate in all matters that affect the town and time is always allocated for public discussion at all the meetings.

At the parish council election in May 2015, 12 Henley Together candidates were elected for a four year term. Henley Together has now been closed down and all councillors will operate as independents in the future.

Budget 2016/17

At the parish Council meeting on 18th January 2016, Cllr John Garner (Portfolio holder for Finance and Assets) presented the first budget of the new council for the fiscal year 2016/7. He told the Council that he was recommending that there should be NO INCREASE in the Precept (Parish Council Tax) as substantial savings had been achieved from the Council's administration overhead, mainly in staffing costs and accommodation. In 2014/5, the admin expenses were £44,516 (52.2%). In next year's budget admin expenses would fall to £26,917 (30.1%).

This would enable expenditure on maintenance around the Town to be increased from £11,350 in 2014/5 to £25,000 in 2016/7 so that the street scene could be substantially improved; additional tree surgery will be carried out over the next two years.

A reserve was being created for the future replacement of the children's playground equipment and an accrual would be charged to the expenditure account in future years.

Community Grants were an important way that the JPC could support many of the excellent organisations in the Town. Grants were being increased from £20,000 to £30,000 including the new mini-grant scheme.

Total Reserves of the Council at the end of 2015/16 would be circa £67,000.

The Budget and Precept were proposed by Cllr Garner and seconded by the Chairman. It was carried unanimously.

It was further proposed that JPC would consider the amount of resources to be made available to our key organisations and how this would impact on the precept in future years.

The JPC Precept is collected by SDC as part of the Council Tax.

 

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Your Council Tax Pound

Stratford-on-Avon District Council collects over £75.3m from council tax on behalf of Warwickshire County Council, Warwickshire Police, Stratford District Council and the Parish Council.

In January of each year, the Parish Council approves its Precept - Parish Council Tax, for local services and grants to community organisations. In 2014/5, the Precept was £87,082 and is collected by SDC.

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Contact the Parish Office

Parish Council Office provides the official contact for anyone who wishes to communicate with the Joint Parish Council. It is also our Administrative Centre that carries out all office activities and co-ordinates the Joint Parish Council’s programme.

A new Parish Clerk, Gill Bailey, took up her appointment on 1st October 2015. Gill is available for consultations by appointment at the Heritage Centre normally on a Monday.

The Parish office address is:

Beaudesert & Henley-in-Arden Joint Parish Council
Heritage Centre, 150 High St, Henley-in-Arden B95 5BS

Tel: 01564 795499

PARISH CLERK'S EMAIL ADDRESS: clerk@henley-in-arden-pc.gov.uk

 

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