The January Parish Council meeting was held on 15th January 2019 – and the Councillors discussed the yearly budget and resolved to raised the precept to £18,000.00. This comes after a small rise last year, and over 5 years of no rises. The discussions were robust between Councillors, and consideration was given to the number of services that may be devolved to Parishes in future years, particularly with the uncertainty of BREXIT. The Council always reviews costs, and have instigated a 2 year fixed contracting price for grass cutting in order to ensure that best value practices are adhered to. Each budget line has been reviewed and amended over the course of 3 months in order to ensure that the Parish Council can operate a resilient budget in future years.
The Council resolved to move forward with a presentation of case to the planning inspectorate for a Map Modification Order for Footpath 1147 – an application which was submitted in the late 1970's by the Council, but only now being dealt with by the Local Authority.
The February meeting date was discussed and it was resolved to move this to Wednesday 13th February 2019, and the Council will be resolving in the February meeting to bring forward the May meeting date in order to be compliant with standing orders in an election year.
The Council are also watching the weather and have now been issued with the salt allowance from Highways, so would all parishioner's be mindful that it there is bad weather, ploughing and gritting may occur.
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council
There are over 8,700 parish and town councils representing around 16 million people across England and are the most local part of our democratic system. The only difference between a town and parish council is the size and name, and towns have their own mayor. Although they have the same powers and can provide the same services, parish councils don't usually have the same level of facilities to look after. The size of the council depends on the size of the village or 'ward'. Here in Middle Rasen there are nine voluntary representatives, known as Parish Councillors, who are elected every four years. Some go on serving for many years. The election is an annual event, so if you are over 18, meet the criteria and you can find two people to nominate you, your name can be put forward.
Serving as a parish councillor is a responsible position, as the parish council has a responsibility for the well being of the local community it serves. Their remit has three main strands - representing the local community, delivering services to meet local needs, and striving to improve the quality of life in the parish. As such they are allocated a certain amount of money from council tax revenues to improve services and facilities in the following areas: burial grounds, bus shelters, open spaces, village green, cutting the grass on the playing field, and planning.
With regard to planning, the council is consulted by West Lindsey District Council on all applications, but the final decision rests with the planning department and Planning Committee at WLDC. The council also acts as a representative voice for the community, communicating with councillors and officers at district and county level. All this makes for quite a few hours spent in meetings, discussing and deciding which activities to support, where money should be spent, what services should be delivered, and what policies should be implemented. They also liaise with the local Police over crime reduction measures.
Parish councils do a vital job and deserve our thanks for the improvements they try and bring to our communities. So thank you all for your time and effort on our behalf.
For more information about the work of this parish council, please go to http://parishes.lincolnshire.gov.uk/MiddleRasen
The Annual Meeting of the Parish Council took place on Tuesday 15th May 2018. Cllr Michael Stamp was re-elected as Chairman and it was agreed that Parish Council meetings will continue to take place on the third Tuesday of each month at the Church Hall. The public forum starts at 7.20pm with the full Council meeting to follow at 7.30pm. The next meeting will take place on Tuesday 19th June 2018.
The Council considered issues raised by parishioners, and have asked Cllr Lewis Strange to look into Highways issues on the Gallamore Lane Industrial Estate, contacted Sir Edward Leigh with regard to GDPR legislation and considered all procedural and policy matters in line with standing orders.
Parishioners may be aware (particularly those who live on A631), that flooding on the road continues to be an issue. LCC, Anglian Water and the Environment Agency have all pooled their resources and a £600K flooding alleviation scheme has been awarded to the parish to minimise flooding on the main road and to homes in this area. There is a drop-in session by LCC project officers planned for Tuesday 5th June 2018 at the Village Hall where officers from LCC will be able to answer questions about the proposed scheme. The Council would urge residents to call in to the session in order to ascertain plans, and acknowledge that there will be traffic disruption in the parish for the duration of the works.
Clerk to Middle Rasen Parish Council