Friday, 20 December 2013

Council Tax Support Grant - statement on the NMPC's website

The following has been copied from the NMPC's website:

Clerk’s statement:
Council Tax Support Grant

Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council, the Billing Authority, who will receive the grant from the Government for 2014/2015, has informed the Parish Council that the Council Tax Support Grant will not be passed on, which means that North Mymms Parish Council’s income in 2014/2015 will be nearly £10,000 less than in 2013/2014.

The background is that in 2013/2014 the Government gave a grant to Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council to offset the changes to the benefit system and the Borough Council passed on the Council Tax Support Grant to the Town and Parish Councils.  Since 2009 North Mymms Parish Council has kept the precept (parish council tax) at £176,800 and cut costs but in 2013/2014, as the Council Tax Support Grant of £9,801.72 was shown as income, in practice the parish precept was reduced to £166,998.28.

Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis MP, when announcing the local government finance settlement for 2014/2015, said  “…. we have been clear that we expect billing authorities to carry on passing on support to town councils and parishes to help mitigate any reduction in their taxbase due to the local Council Tax support scheme.”

Because Welwyn Hatfield Borough Council will not be passing on the Council Tax Support Grant, North Mymms Parish Council will have to consider a 6% shortfall of nearly £10,000 when deciding on the budget and precept for 2014/2015 in January.  Councillors will face a difficult choice between raising council tax or cuts to services and either way it is going to affect the residents of the parish.

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

North Mymms Parish Council to lose Welhat council tax support funding?

Front page news of the WHTimes this morning is the news that 'each parish and town council was told that they would not be receiving any council tax support funding next year - as Welwyn Hatfield Council planned to keep the cash itself''.

Apparently the controversial move is down to Government cuts, but the WHTimes adds 'Welwyn Hatfield is the only borough council in Hertfordshire planning to withhold the funding'.

The BPRA has contacted North Mymms Parish councillors to ask if any more is known about how this will affect the villages in North Mymms.

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

BPRA Christmas e-card

The Brookmans Park Residents Association Christmas card is winging its way through the ether to all members of the BPRA.

For our first Christmas card we have opted for an animated e-card called 'Northern Lights' from the website of Jacquie Lawson, who is based in Sussex. We hope you enjoy it.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

BPRA meeting Tuesday 7th January 2014

There will be a meeting at 7.00pm on Tuesday 7th January 2014 in the Brookmans Park URC to discuss Brookmans Park residents' response to HCC's consultation on their Waste Sites Allocation Plan. Cathy Roe of HAI will bring us up to date on the Plan, the HCC questionnaire, and the response needed. It is important to show a good response in terms of numbers, if we are to get New Barnfield downgraded from the HCC preferred option as a waste site.

It is anticipated that we will need delivery teams to deliver HAI leaflets door-to-door, and also to man stands in the village centre for a couple of weekends in January. All volunteers welcome.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

HCC's consultation on their 'Plan for Waste Sites Allocation'.

Cathy Roe of HAI - Hatfield Against Incineration - has sent the following notice regarding Hertfordshire County Council's Plan for Waste Sites Allocation throughout the county:



From January 6th to February 14th 2014, residents and organisations will be asked once more for their views about where sites for Waste Management for Hertfordshire County Council should be located.

HCC has written a Plan for Waste Sites Allocation throughout the county, and the Consultation will be about some proposed changes to this plan. The Waste Sites Allocations Plan was discussed at an examination in public (held in two parts, in September and November 2013). The Inspector, Andrew Freeman, is currently considering changes that could be made to it.  

The list of suggested changes will be published on December 16th 2013.

Please can your organisation put this Consultation on your agenda, so you can respond, if you want to, by February 14th 2014.

Once we know exactly what the suggested changes are, Hatfield Against Incineration will be sending out suggestions as to what residents and organisations could say in responses to this Consultation – objections and/or agreement.

The HCC Waste Sites Allocations Plan is a very important procedure, separate from Veolia’s Planning Application to build a 380,000 tonnes per year incinerator at New Barnfield. That Planning Application has been through a Public Inquiry, and the final decision on it by the Secretary of State will be known by May 2014.

HAI committee are:  Cathy Roe(Sec), Simon Archer (Chair), Sheila Archer (Treasurer), Kieran Thorpe (Vice-Chair) , Paul Zukowskyj, Adrienne Nix, Barry Cross, Valerie Dorantt, Mick Bee and Roy Ward.