Mancetter Parish Council
Next Meeting: Tuesday 25th July 2017
The New School Room, St. Peter's Church, Mancetter, 7.00pm prompt
Mancetter Parish Council Arrangements for Public Viewing of Accounts
The arrangements for the public viewing of Mancetter Parish Council Accounts can be found here.
Mancetter Parish Council is very disappointed to hear that the refusal for building a chicken broiler unit less than 120 metres from three properties has been overturned by the Planning Inspectorate. We have spent the last two and a half years actively supporting the views of members of the parish, who have shown total opposition to such a development. We feel that the impact of this development will have a negative influence on the future progress of the Parish, from business opportunities through to tourism, history, heritage and countryside pursuits.
This is the Appeal Decision and the Costs Decisions.
The Mancetter Neighbourhood Plan (2015-29) will allow the Parish Council to have more influence on the planning decisions made by the Borough Council in the future. It will help to manage development and change so that the environmental, economic and social needs of local people can be taken into account to keep Mancetter Parish special. The Plan covers all of the Parish, including Mancetter village and Ridge Lane.
The Parish Council submitted the Neighbourhood Plan to the Borough Council late in 2016.
This is an important legal stage when it is handed over to the Borough Council for final consultation and independent examination; to ensure it meets the Basic Conditions and can go to Referendum.
The Submission Documents comprise of:The Mancetter Neighbourhood Development Plan (Policy Document), The Basic Conditions Statement (how the plan meets the legal requirements) and The Consultation Statement (a “Storyboard” of all the consultation and how this has influenced the Plan).
The final six-week consultation has now closed and an examination by an independent and qualified examiner is taking place to enable a Referendum in late Spring/early summer. A “Yes” vote of over 50% would mean that the Plan could be “Made” and the process will be complete.
A printed version of the plan is available to view at North Warwickshire Borough Council Offices or Mancetter Memorial Hall.
Alternatively, you could use the following links to view the documents:
• Mancetter Neighbourhood Plan
• Mancetter Neighbourhood Plan Basic Conditions
• Mancetter Neighbourhood Plan Consultation Statement
Parish Councils have faced financial challenges since the change to the Council Tax system which was introduced in 2013/14. Mancetter Parish Council has always strived to keep the Parish precept as low as possible, whilst still providing a good service. We receive many favourable comments about our cemetery and strive to continue to maintain this to a very high standard.
We are in the final stages of our Neighbourhood Plan and although we have received grants to cover consultants fees, printing, room hire etc both the Clerk and Assistant have put in a lot of hours to get the plan to this stage. The amount claimed has only increased from £24,500 in 2013/14 to £24,680 in 2016/17. Each year we are warned that the Council Tax Support Grant will be reduced or even ceased. In order to continue at the current level, along with succession planning to train a new clerk, (who should be qualified before the existing clerk retires) we need to increase our precept for 2017/18.
The recommendation is to increase the overall income from Precept and Grant by £2,000, to £26,680. This will result in a Band D Parish charge of £37.62 per year, compared to £34.54 in 2016/17, an increase of £3.08 per year (8.92%). The increase on other Tax Bands will be:
Band A £2.05
Band B £2.40
Band C £2.74
Applications must satisfy a number of conditions to be considered for a grant. Bids should be made for projects which will be of benefit to the whole community or a specific group whose principal objectives are not those of a single individual. Applications will not be accepted where the benefit is to a single individual.
The project should be of benefit to a significant number of persons living within the Parish. Applications will be considered only from "not for profit" organisations. Applications should be for one-off projects. Applications for sums up to 50% of total project cost, to a maximum of £200 will be considered. Applications are considered twice a year in July and November. Applications should be submitted by the first day of the month. Full Guidance Notes and Application Form.
Members of Atherstone Town Council, Mancetter and Witherley Parish Councils have met up to address local issues. The first matter they will tackle is the Mancetter traffic island.
The Parish Church now has its own website with information about the Church, its services, contact details and some very good photographs. Read More...