Projects Approved, and Not
A major topic at Thursday night’s Annual Parish Meeting was how the Parish Council should spend its surplus funds.
Over the years, thanks partly to recycling credits earned from the Community Composting Scheme, the council’s reserves have built up so that they now stand at over £9,000 pounds. This compares with the annual precept of £3,000.
The council have been told the PCs are not supposed to hold such large reserves, it was suggested that £3,000 was adequate, so one of the objectives at the APM was to discuss potential spending options. These were:
- Footpath to Post Office in Chapel
The proposal to surface the access to the Vestry, at a cost £1K to £1.5K, received general support.
This scheme would involve the equipment being held in secure storage, possibly at the Village Hall, with easy access when needed. It could be critical in saving lives. Cost was likely to be around £2K. It was widely supported at the meeting.
- Seats Around Candlestick
The PC would investigate sites and the best seats to use etc.
- Village Pond
Improving the pond, on Norwich Road opposite Risedale, might be a suitable project for the proposed new Conservation Group.
- Hedge North Side of Playing Field
The meeting was divided on whether this was a good idea.
- Land Between Playing Field and Wood
There were limited options available due to the restrictions imposed in the lease to the PC. It was hoped to at least tidy up the area.
- Pocket Park
Tidying up the area might be another task for the Conservation Group but the PC would consider other options.
- Adult Exercise Equipment
While thought by some to be a good idea it might prove to be very expensive.
- Footway Norwich Road
It was generally agreed that providing a footway between the Chapel and the Village Hall was not really necessary.
Earlier the meeting had received reports from County Councillor Margaret Summerfield, District Councillor Murray Gray and Chairman of the PC Peter Hill.