North and South Wheatley Precept 2015 – 2016

This year saw only a small increase in the Parish Council’s net budget expenditure in order to maintain services in the village, and continue to offset reductions in funding and services from both the District and County Councils.  Despite a number of important projects planned for the year ahead your council has managed to keep the increase in the precept as low as possible – an increase of only £1.77pa for a typical Band ‘D’ Council tax payer;  that’s just under  15p per month.

Many residents have commented on and indeed praised the work of our Lengthsman, Ian Wilkinson,  for keeping the highways clear and litter collected. Ian also does all those little essential maintenance jobs, all paid for by the Parish Council to keep the village a pleasant place to live and work.  Pavilion maintenance, grass cutting, the village website, a contribution to maintaining the Churchyard and various village projects (the new fencing and hedging around the bowls court for example) are again all work of the Parish Council.

The total cost to residents for services provided by the Parish Council is now £76.00pa for a Band ‘D’ Council tax payer. This represents approximately 3.5% of the total Council tax paid at band ‘D’ level. All Councillors are volunteers and give of their time freely to support village life and make Wheatley a great place to live. I believe that for just over £6 per month,  the work of your Council represents excellent value for money.

Dave Langmead

Clerk to the Parish Council