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Jan 24
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Dear Parishioners At our Council meeting on the 9th January 2024, we considered matters associated with setting our final precept amount for 2024/25. We had distributed copies of the Reporter before Christmas, which included an outline of a proposal to increase our precept from its current level of £60,000 to £100,000. The increase would have enabled us to address inflationary cost pressures and to progress proposals to enhance the quality of our parish environment through the provision of; a mixed waste collection service which would replace the current volunteer led dog waste bin system with a service that would re-provide the dog waste arrangements and combine them with a general waste, litter, service. Benches and planters at various location across the parish aimed at enhancing the environment and providing facilities for people to sit and enjoy our parish. Enhancement of the highway’s safety improvement works we are progressing for the Bosbury Road and Cowleigh Road. These proposals include Speed Indicator Devices which are shown to reduce speeds along with road marking and signage improvements also shown to reduce speed and improve drive awareness to dangers such as the residential areas of the Cowleigh Road and the Doctors Surgery and blind bend at the Old Crown on the Bosbury Road. The proposals also continued to support our Clerk and his training to achieve CILCA qualifications which in turn would enable the Council to consider the merits of taking on the powers of Competency. We had asked for comments on these proposals and are grateful to those Parishioners who offered us written responses, along with those who spoke to Councillors to share their views. The number of written responses we received were very low so we are continuing to look at the ways in which we communicate with Parishioners as we want to hear your views on how we can best support and improve our Parish. From the comments we did receive however, there were some common themes: 1. Please think again about the level of the precept increase proposed given the current economic challenges we all face. 2. We like your ambitions to improve the quality of the Parish infrastructure but please explore all opportunities for these to be Volunteer supported or delivered at more affordable costs. 3. We want you to continue to look at improving Highway safety and like the idea of Speed indicators. There were some other good ideas mentioned in the comments that we will also try and follow up. In relation to the common themes raised we have looked again at our budgets and reserves and have agreed to a precept of £65,000 which will be an increase of 8.3% which is more in line with inflation. We will be able to progress some of our improvements next year while also phasing them over a longer period. The rephasing will enable us to look more closely at alternative volunteer led opportunities and explore more economic ways of delivering them. Thank you for your input and thank you to those Parishioners who are talking to us about possibly joining the Council. Hopefully this will get more people involved, but we still need more people to consider joining the Council and helping us in maintaining and improving our Parish for the enjoyment of all Parishioners and Visitors. Terry Robshaw Chair of Council
From the Chair ofthe Parish Council
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editor@okcradley.com editor: Ken Nason features editor: Harold Armitage
okcradley.com
The free online magazine for news and views from Cradley, Storridge & Mathon
46
Jan 24
Community Messages
Dear Parishioners At our Council meeting on the 9th January 2024, we considered matters associated with setting our final precept amount for 2024/25. We had distributed copies of the Reporter before Christmas, which included an outline of a proposal to increase our precept from its current level of £60,000 to £100,000. The increase would have enabled us to address inflationary cost pressures and to progress proposals to enhance the quality of our parish environment through the provision of; a mixed waste collection service which would replace the current volunteer led dog waste bin system with a service that would re-provide the dog waste arrangements and combine them with a general waste, litter, service. Benches and planters at various location across the parish aimed at enhancing the environment and providing facilities for people to sit and enjoy our parish. Enhancement of the highway’s safety improvement works we are progressing for the Bosbury Road and Cowleigh Road. These proposals include Speed Indicator Devices which are shown to reduce speeds along with road marking and signage improvements also shown to reduce speed and improve drive awareness to dangers such as the residential areas of the Cowleigh Road and the Doctors Surgery and blind bend at the Old Crown on the Bosbury Road. The proposals also continued to support our Clerk and his training to achieve CILCA qualifications which in turn would enable the Council to consider the merits of taking on the powers of Competency. We had asked for comments on these proposals and are grateful to those Parishioners who offered us written responses, along with those who spoke to Councillors to share their views. The number of written responses we received were very low so we are continuing to look at the ways in which we communicate with Parishioners as we want to hear your views on how we can best support and improve our Parish. From the comments we did receive however, there were some common themes: 1. Please think again about the level of the precept increase proposed given the current economic challenges we all face. 2. We like your ambitions to improve the quality of the Parish infrastructure but please explore all opportunities for these to be Volunteer supported or delivered at more affordable costs. 3. We want you to continue to look at improving Highway safety and like the idea of Speed indicators. There were some other good ideas mentioned in the comments that we will also try and follow up. In relation to the common themes raised we have looked again at our budgets and reserves and have agreed to a precept of £65,000 which will be an increase of 8.3% which is more in line with inflation. We will be able to progress some of our improvements next year while also phasing them over a longer period. The rephasing will enable us to look more closely at alternative volunteer led opportunities and explore more economic ways of delivering them. Thank you for your input and thank you to those Parishioners who are talking to us about possibly joining the Council. Hopefully this will get more people involved, but we still need more people to consider joining the Council and helping us in maintaining and improving our Parish for the enjoyment of all Parishioners and Visitors. Terry Robshaw Chair of Council
From the Chair ofthe Parish Council
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