The cost-of-living crisis has affected everyone and the Parish Council is not alone in facing increased costs. The Parish Council is mainly funded by the Precept which, following the budgeting process, is requested from the District Council and forms part of parishioners' Council Tax. For 2023/24 the Precept will be £399,000 and this equates to £133.29 per year (less than 37 pence per day) on a Band D property representing an increase of £8.44 per year on 2022/23.
The Parish Council portion of Council Tax represents a small percentage of the total Council Tax bill and pays for the services provided by the Parish Council which include:
- Management and maintenance of local parks and open spaces i.e. Narborough Park and Play Area, Littlethorpe Park and Play Area, Thorpe Meadows, the Recreation Ground, Six Acre Field, Hardwicke Park Play Area.
- Narborough Cemetery – the Parish Council is the local burial authority
- Christmas Lighting
- Roundabout planting
- Seats and Benches
- Management and maintenance of the Parish Centre
- Management and maintenance of Littlethorpe Village Hall
In addition to our routine expenditure, plans for 2023/24 include an option to update and refurbish Littlethorpe Village Hall, by widening the entrance, improving the toilets to include an accessible/baby change facility, furniture storage, new flooring, more efficient heating system etc. Since the Village Hall was taken over by the Parish Council in the late 1990s it has not undergone any substantial maintenance and this is an opportunity to bring the facility up to date, making it a more attractive and accessible option which will open it up to a wider section of the community.
Other one-off projects that will be progressed in the 2023/24 budget year include a phased programme to improve the safety surfaces in our play areas, developing the new cremation section in Narborough Cemetery and undertaking extensive tree works in our open spaces for public safety reasons.
Events in the pipeline for 2023 include a Tea Dance at the Parish Centre to celebrate the King's Coronation, an outdoor Family Event to be held mid-summer and a repeat of our very successful Halloween Discos for children. Once again we plan to support the Children's Holiday Clubs with Lottery Funding. Further details on all our events will follow on social media and our website.
Parish Clerk and RFO
Posted: Wed, 01 Mar 2023 14:52 by Julie Whitehouse